Archive for October, 2019
HSUS- and HSLF-backed plan for wild horses and burros rejects slaughter, offers much-needed reprieve
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson America’s wild horses and burros have long been engulfed in a political quagmire, and their place on our western rangelands has been hotly contested for more than half a century. But a comprehensive, science-based management proposal promises to break . . .
Rescuers pulling out around 150 cats and other animals from alleged neglect situation in Pennsylvania
It could have been the setting of an eerie movie that our Humane Society of the United States rescuers and law enforcement officers walked into this cool fall morning. The location was Washington County, Pennsylvania, and they were responding to an alleged large-scale animal neglect . . .
Scientists carry water for trophy hunting industry
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson For years now, trophy hunters have spun a web of lies to tie their ruthless killing of some of the world’s most at-risk animals to fake conservation benefits. A recent exchange in the prestigious Science magazine has laid bare . . .
VICTORY: Court rejects challenge to federal cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A federal court has rejected an attempt to stop Congress from closing a loophole that allowed cockfighters to continue operating in U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam, despite the fact that cockfighting is a felony in all U.S. . . .
More horror stories of sick Petland puppies emerge
Imagine spending thousands of dollars for a puppy and seeing the delight in your children’s eyes as they cuddle their new family member, only to find yourself in a veterinary emergency room days later, with your puppy on an IV, struggling to live. Worse, imagine . . .
Zimbabwe ships more than 30 baby elephants, torn from the wild, to Chinese zoos
More than thirty baby elephants, torn from their mothers in the wild in Zimbabwe almost a year ago, embarked on a new journey of captivity and suffering this week when they were flown to China, where they are expected to spend the rest of their . . .
BREAKING NEWS: NIH reneges on promise, will not send 44 research chimpanzees to sanctuary
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a stunning about-face on its own promise, the National Institutes of Health today announced it will not send 44 chimpanzees, now held by the Alamogordo primate laboratory in New Mexico, to sanctuary. Just last October, NIH Director Francis . . .
ProTECT Act introduced in Congress to ban trophy hunting horror show
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson President Trump has called trophy hunting a “horror show,” but on his watch, the Department of the Interior has dismantled regulations to protect wildlife and made it easier to import trophies of endangered and threatened animals. We have been . . .
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House passes the PACT Act, cracking down on extreme animal cruelty
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. House has just voted overwhelmingly to crack down on some of the worst and most malicious acts of animal cruelty, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling live animals and sexually exploiting them. The watershed vote takes . . .
BREAKING NEWS: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s ditch fur
In a landmark announcement that brings us closer than ever to the demise of fur, Macy’s Inc. — the parent company of the iconic American department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s — says it will go fur-free by the end of 2020. This includes permanently closing . . .
Illegal government advisory panel touts ‘benefits’ of trophy hunting
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson It may be hard to believe that a group of celebrity and professional trophy hunters, a director of the National Rifle Association, and the president of the world’s largest trophy hunting group are advising our government on wildlife conservation. . . .
Shocking HSI investigation reveals terror, suffering of foxes and mink on Finland’s fur farms
Every day, we are making groundbreaking advances in our fight against fur. Major fashion houses and retailers, from Gucci to Burlington, have gone fur-free and just last weekend, California became the first U.S. state to ban fur sales. But today, in a sad reminder of . . .