Archive for 2019
HSLF and HSUS deliver big wins for animals in 2019: Our banner year in the nation’s capital
Given the highly polarized atmosphere in Washington, DC, these days, our crucial bipartisan wins for animals in 2019 give great cause for celebration. Thanks to the support and engagement of countless Americans, we hit our marks this year. We succeeded in getting one of our . . .
Sixty chimpanzees, once held for research, thrive at Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge in Liberia
A lovely new story in the Washington Post tells the tale of Joseph Thomas and the other wonderful individuals involved in caring for 60-plus chimpanzees in Liberia who are the survivors of hepatitis B and blood cleansing experiments carried out beginning in the 1970s. Joseph . . .
ProPublica reveals Trump Jr. used U.S. resources to hunt endangered sheep in Mongolia
This morning, ProPublica revealed that Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Mongolia in August to slay a rare and endangered argali sheep – a beautiful creature with long, curving horns that’s fast disappearing from the planet. According to the ProPublica report, Trump, Jr. did not even . . .
Petland investigations, Macy’s fur-free announcement among most read blogs of 2019
Every day, I share on this blog news about the progress we are making for animals. I am grateful to the thousands of readers who like, share, comment on the posts, support us with your donations and take action to make the world a better . . .
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House rejects amendment threatening protections for whales, dolphins
The U.S. House has just voted 259 to 160 to reject a bad amendment that would have placed some of America’s most critically endangered marine mammals at even greater risk for their lives while making it easier for oil and gas interests to conduct offshore . . .
In 2019, HSUS legal team secured crucial wins against trophy hunting, fur, puppy mills and farm animal suffering
Our Animal Protection Litigation team plays a critical role at the Humane Society of the United States, filing lawsuits and legal petitions to support our major campaigns, drafting language for state and federal animal protection bills and ballot measures, and defending animal protection laws once . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .