Archive for April, 2018
Colorado man pleads guilty after poaching elephant in Zimbabwe
Three years after Americans were outraged by the killing of Cecil the lion by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, yet another wealthy American trophy hunter is in the news for an act just as shameful: the poaching of an elephant in Zimbabwe with a plan to . . .
Is your glass of wine poisoning wildlife?
The Humane Society of the United States has two affiliated wildlife centers that rescue and rehabilitate thousands of orphaned and injured animals each year. Holly Hazard, our senior vice president of programs and innovation, visits these facilities for discussions with their management teams about the . . .
States make progress on fighting puppy mills, reducing animal testing and more
This week, Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a landmark bill that bans the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and instead encourages stores to work with animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless pets. He also approved two other animal . . .
We did it! Signature goal surpassed in California farm animal ballot campaign
Fueled by nearly 1,600 volunteer signature gatherers, the Humane Society of the United States and other members of the Prevent Cruelty California coalition have surpassed the 600,000 signature goal needed to qualify the historic farm animal ballot initiative. This places California voters in a strong . . .
Attacks on rescues designed to deflect attention from puppy mill abuse
A recent article in the Washington Post took a look at the notion of irresponsible rescues – specifically, self-described pet rescue groups that purchase breeder dogs at puppy mill auctions, based on the premise that they are “used up” and therefore being rescued, not purchased. . . .
Megan Leavey, The Simpsons among HSUS’s 2018 Genesis Awards winners
At the Humane Society of the United States, we work to confront and prevent animal cruelty every day. Our animal protection mission requires a high level of engagement and awareness, and we work with partners in various fields, from educators to lawmakers to corporate leaders . . .
House committee votes to gut states’ rights to protect animals and citizens
The news that the House Committee on Agriculture has approved a version of the Farm Bill with an amendment by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that could gut states’ rights to protect animals and their citizens is infuriating. But the Farm Bill will go to the . . .
Alert: Help us stop Wyoming and Idaho from opening trophy hunts on Yellowstone grizzly bears
Wyoming and Idaho’s aggressive plans for the trophy hunting of the remaining 700 or so Yellowstone-area grizzly bears this year are unscientific and – unless stopped — will set bear conservation back by decades. No one knows how many grizzlies are now living in the . . .
Iceland to resume killing of endangered fin whales
Iceland seems to be the most confused of nations when it comes to whales. On the one hand it attracts international tourists from all over the world to go out and see whales as part of their encounters with Iceland’s many natural wonders. On the . . .
Breaking news: Florida residents can vote in November to end greyhound racing
Florida voters can decide in November to extinguish the cruel greyhound racing industry in their state once and for all. Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission yesterday voted to place on the 2018 ballot a constitutional amendment that would phase out greyhound racing in the state by . . .
Hawaii’s tropical fish, under assault from aquarium collectors, win another reprieve in court
Hawaii is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of aquarium fish, with a vast aquarium industry that collects and sells nearly a million tropical fish from the state’s coral reefs each year. This industry is both cruel and unsustainable, and it has placed Hawaii’s coral . . .
EPA issues recommendation to reduce animal testing for pesticides
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a draft interim policy recommending a move away from animal testing for pesticides and industrial chemicals. Specifically, the draft policy encourages the use of non-animal test methods to determine the likelihood of these chemicals to cause allergic skin reactions . . .