Archive for January, 2018

Thousands of commercial deer farms in U.S. are looming danger for wildlife and even people

By on January 31, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Thousands of commercial deer farms in U.S. are looming danger for wildlife and even people

In Montana, hunters are fanning out across two large swaths of land in the state to shoot deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The disease was detected for the first time in wild deer populations in Montana last fall, marking the steady . . . 

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Breaking news: President Trump confirms he’ll ban elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia

By on January 28, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: President Trump confirms he’ll ban elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia

President Trump has confirmed, in an interview airing Sunday night with the British journalist and animal advocate Piers Morgan, that he has directed his administration to ban the import of hunting trophies from African elephants and other rare wildlife from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Trump’s commitment, . . . 

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Indonesia’s dog meat markets exposed in stomach-churning way

By on January 25, 2018 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Indonesia’s dog meat markets exposed in stomach-churning way

It’s a video that’s almost impossible to watch, even for those of us who’ve gritted their teeth and endured hundreds of videos through the years that put some malevolent form of animal cruelty on a computer screen or television. The Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition, . . . 

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Federal food stamp program should, in a SNAP, allow pet food purchases

By on January 24, 2018 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal food stamp program should, in a SNAP, allow pet food purchases

A heart-tugging issue has surfaced as lawmakers prepare to dig into details of the Farm Bill, a catchall package of items relating to agriculture and food policy in the United States. Should recipients of food stamps be allowed to purchase food for their hungry pets . . . 

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Cascade of scientific reports discredits wolf-killing activities of states

By on January 23, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cascade of scientific reports discredits wolf-killing activities of states

Fear-mongering dominated two hearings in the state capitol in Wisconsin this month, as state lawmakers debated whether to pass legislation to forbid state law enforcement officials from enforcing laws against killing wolves. Wolves are federally listed as “endangered” in Wisconsin, so hunting them is illegal, . . . 

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After a lifetime in captivity, two elderly performing bears savor retirement at Black Beauty Ranch

By on January 22, 2018 in Animal Rescue and Care, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
After a lifetime in captivity, two elderly performing bears savor retirement at Black Beauty Ranch

Two senior black bears named Tibor and Sammi have had a startling and dramatic change in fortune – for the better. They had passed their entire lives in a traveling bear show, spending days on end in cages and captive settings, shuttled from city to . . . 

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New documentary exposes Australia’s dirty secret – Kangaroos killed by the millions each year

By on January 19, 2018 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New documentary exposes Australia’s dirty secret – Kangaroos killed by the millions each year

The grisly and grainy images that open the jarring documentary “Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story” are not the most difficult images you’ll ever see in a feature film about animals’ suffering and abuse. That’s not because the callousness evidenced in the film is any less intense . . . 

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HSUS sues so that government can get it right on right whales

By on January 18, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS sues so that government can get it right on right whales

Today, The HSUS, along with our partners at the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife, filed a legal complaint against the federal government for failing to protect North Atlantic right whales from painful and deadly entanglement in fishing gear. There are only about . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn . . . 

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Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

By on January 16, 2018 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

Last week, the city of Poulsbo, Washington, became the 250th locality in the United States to enact a law prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, unless the animals are sourced from shelters or rescues. Cities, towns, and counties of all sizes . . . 

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