Archive for September, 2018
Ohio’s new puppy mills law, one of the strongest in nation, takes effect today
Starting today, commercial breeders in Ohio can no longer cram dogs into cages that are stacked on top of each other and deprive animals of basic necessities, like space to move, exercise and access to veterinary care. A pathbreaking new law that goes into effect . . .
Hawaii leads with a historic decision to ban tigers, elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses
In a landmark decision this week, Hawaii has moved to ban dangerous wild animals, including tigers, lions, bears, primates, elephants and crocodiles, from being brought into the state to perform in circuses, carnivals and other public exhibitions. This regulation, approved by the Hawaii Board of . . .
One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears
Less than 24 hours after a court order restored Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, the mischief in Washington, D.C. has begun again. The ink was hardly dry on Judge Dana Christensen’s order before Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last night advanced . . .
Support Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia on Giving Day for Apes
Last year, I traveled to Liberia where I met more than 60 chimpanzees and the amazing people who care for them at our Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia. It was deeply moving to see the chimpanzees who were used for biomedical research and endured great . . .
Victory! Court restores Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears
Yellowstone’s grizzly bears cannot be hunted for trophies, a federal court ruled last night, restoring Endangered Species Act protections for these iconic animals, and shutting down plans by Wyoming and Idaho to open a trophy-hunting season – the first in the continental United States since . . .
Farm Bill should support family farmers, not factory farms
With the confirmed deaths of 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs in North Carolina’s factory farms during Hurricane Florence, and the toxic torrent released by the flooded-out fecal lagoons of the industry in that state, a look at federal policy on factory farming could not . . .
Camel incident at circus highlights dangers of using wild animals for entertainment
Last week, in an alarming incident at the Syria Shrine Circus in Pittsburgh, a frightened camel sent six injured children and one adult to the hospital. The camel became spooked while giving rides, reportedly after a child threw a shovel at the animal. A circusgoer . . .
U.S. will allow Texas billionaire to import trophy of critically endangered black rhino he killed
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow an American trophy hunter who killed a critically endangered black rhino to import the animal’s body parts into the United States, in complete disregard for the precarious status of this species and despite overwhelming opposition from the . . .
Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas
Yesterday, emergency officials in Horry County, South Carolina, which has been bracing for record flooding following Hurricane Florence, received a call from a couple with 12 cats. Their home was surrounded by rapidly rising waters, and they didn’t want to evacuate without making sure their . . .
Breaking news: Los Angeles votes to ban fur; largest U.S. city to do so
The Los Angeles City Council has just voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur within city limits, making this the largest American city to do so. San Francisco passed a similar ban earlier this year. Today’s historic vote in Los Angeles, which comes just . . .
World says ‘no’ to Japan’s bid to restart whaling; reaffirms commitment to conserve whales
Japan’s package of proposals seeking to upend the 33-year global commercial whaling moratorium was soundly rejected last week at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil, with more than 40 countries making it clear to the rogue nation, which continues whaling in defiance of . . .
HSUS helps transport hundreds of pets away from Florence’s fury; stands by for search and rescue in aftermath
As Hurricane Florence batters the coast of the Carolinas, wreaking havoc with screaming winds and lashing rain, our Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team is at the ready to deploy for search and rescue in the impacted areas, and to support shelters . . .