Archive for 2017

National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

By on December 11, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 21 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

The National Park Service (NPS), with a shameful record of allowing the killing of bison who migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park and onto adjacent federal lands, is now planning on opening up a second front against these great and lumbering beasts, the biggest mammals . . . 

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Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

By on December 8, 2017 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

For decades, Nepal hasn’t treated its tens of thousands of homeless, roaming dogs in a way that reflects the kind teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, the religions predominantly practiced there. The main strategy of national and local authorities has involved public culls as a way . . . 

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Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

By on December 7, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

We have no better evidence of the non-partisan nature of animal protection than new data from a national poll, released this week by The HSUS, that shows deep and widespread opposition to trophy hunting, including strong disapproval of allowing imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion . . . 

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VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

By on December 6, 2017 in Companion Animals with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

When you think of those who embody the notions of loyalty and faithful service, you need look no farther than the pets in our lives and the military Veterans who’ve served our nation. These faithful friends and defenders of hearth and home deserve every act . . . 

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A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

By on December 5, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

It was my great hope that SeaWorld’s March 2016 decision to end its orca breeding and theatrical performance shows would be a catalyst prompting all other marine theme parks to get on board and move to the next, better chapter in our relationship with cetaceans. . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and . . . 

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Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

By on December 1, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

As we move into December, one of the most important fights in Congress relates to the massive spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government in 2018 – where the House and Senate try to find agreement between the respective bills in each . . . 

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HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

By on November 30, 2017 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

We’re back at it in South Korea, saving dogs from the worst imaginable circumstances on meat farms and starting them on a journey that will turn their lives in the most dramatic ways. It’s the 10th dog meat farm we’ve cleaned out since we started . . . 

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U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

By on November 29, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

While we eagerly await President Trump’s follow-up on his decision to suspend imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, we hope he takes a broad look at the trophy hunting of other threatened and endangered species and stops all imports of the . . . 

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Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

By on November 28, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

Public education, laws, and corporate policies – invaluable and essential to our cause, and able in the end to prevent cruelty to millions of animals – can take years to enact and still longer to achieve their full effect. There are times when other forms . . . 

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American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

By on November 27, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

Our federal government illegally allowed U.S. trophy hunters to import at least 280 lion trophies from South Africa’s cruel captive lion breeding and killing facilities. It allowed body parts to come into the country in spite of a policy implemented at the beginning of last . . . 

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Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

By on November 21, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Trophy hunting has been on the front page and the opinion page and on television in the past week, after news broke that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made regulatory moves to overturn restrictions on the import of African elephants and African lions. There . . . 

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