Archive for 2019

Animal sacrifice resumes at Gadhimai, Nepal, but on smaller scale

By on December 6, 2019 in Humane Society International with 2 Comments
Animal sacrifice resumes at Gadhimai, Nepal, but on smaller scale

For many years now, Humane Society International/India has been working to stop the world’s largest ritual sacrifice of animals at the Gadhimai temple in Bariyarpur, Nepal, close to the Indian border. In 2015, following national and global criticism, the temple committee voiced support for ending . . . 

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Paragon or victim? Thor the bulldog’s win in national dog show focuses spotlight on suffering of flat-faced dogs

By on December 4, 2019 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Paragon or victim? Thor the bulldog’s win in national dog show focuses spotlight on suffering of flat-faced dogs

On Thanksgiving Day, with an estimated 20 million viewers watching, Thor the bulldog was handpicked from a crowded field of 196 breeds and crowned Best in Show at the 2019 National Dog Show. “With his adorable waddle and Winston Churchill looks, the dog won over . . . 

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On Giving Tuesday, support our work for animals like Pepper, Mariah, Jonas and Storm

On Giving Tuesday, support our work for animals like Pepper, Mariah, Jonas and Storm

Each year, the heroes of our Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International Animal Rescue Teams wade into the worst possible situations to pull out animals who are living without hope. Today, on Giving Tuesday, I want to highlight the stories of . . . 

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Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

The year 2019 saw some spectacular victories in our campaigning for farm animals around the world. We spearheaded successful campaigns in three U.S. states to pass laws against the use of cages for egg-laying hens. Our work to reduce meat consumption also advanced as we . . . 

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Giving thanks for animals

By on November 27, 2019 in Companion Animals with 3 Comments
Giving thanks for animals

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all of the wonderful people — family members and friends — who share our lives, and also for the animals who are so important to us. At the Humane Society of the United States, where we have . . . 

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New Jersey lawmakers ban shark fin sales; 14th U.S. state to crack down on the trade

New Jersey lawmakers ban shark fin sales; 14th U.S. state to crack down on the trade

New Jersey could soon join the growing ranks of states that have banned the inhumane shark fin trade. A bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins last night passed the Assembly, and is now on its way to the governor’s desk for his . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

Starting today, those who commit the most extreme acts of cruelty against animals will face severe federal penalties. President Trump has just signed into law the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that authorizes the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

A California judge has rejected an attempt by the meat lobby to stop Proposition 12, the state’s historic law that would ban the extreme cage confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and baby veal calves, from going into effect. This is an important win for . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

BREAKING NEWS: New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

New Mexico will no longer allow trophy hunters to prey upon its cougars with cruel snares and leghold traps. The State Game Commission just now voted to pass a proposal that would end all recreational trapping of these majestic animals, as well as limit trophy . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

BREAKING NEWS: Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

Moments ago, Michigan passed into law a ban on the production and sale of eggs from chickens locked in cruel cages. This is a remarkable and historic moment in our work to end the cage confinement of farm animals. Michigan is a major Midwestern agriculture . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

BREAKING NEWS: House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

The U.S. House just said a decisive and resounding “no” to the terrible shark fin trade, in which fishermen cut the fins off sharks and dump them back into the waters to drown, be eaten alive by other fish, or bleed to death. House members . . . 

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On our 65th anniversary, a salute to our founders

On our 65th anniversary, a salute to our founders

Sixty-five years ago, four animal advocates, determined to fill “a great vacuum, at the national level, in American humane work,” came together in a Denver living room to found a new organization with a bold vision, a broad reach and a principled commitment to making . . . 

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