Archive for 2019
Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end slaughter of American equines
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The last horse slaughter plants in the United States closed years ago, and Congress has consistently voted to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections within U.S borders. Unfortunately, this does not prevent the inhumane transport of American equines to . . .
A new appointment and an unwavering commitment to all animals
It was almost a year ago that I accepted the role of acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. At that time, I promised you that we, along with our affiliates, would pursue our work with dedication, purpose and compassion . . .
Stand inside a dog meat farm or watch a chimpanzee run up to you in our virtual reality videos
Every day, our video team is on the ground, documenting our work for animals. Whether it’s the bleak despair of a dog meat farm in South Korea, the rescue of animals from a puppy mill stateside, undercover investigations that expose animal abuse, or the beauty . . .
Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end cruel horse soring
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A strong team of bipartisan lawmakers has reintroduced a bill to end the cruel practice of “soring” Tennessee walking horses and related breeds, a core priority for us here at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane . . .
Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska
A man who, along with his teenage son, mercilessly slaughtered a hibernating mother bear and her two newborn cubs in their den, and then lied about it, will serve time in jail for the gruesome crime that shocked Americans when it came to light last . . .
Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and . . .
Luxury fashion brand St. John says no to fur, exotic skins
One more luxury fashion brand has joined the mass exodus from fur. St. John, a brand popular among fashion-conscious shoppers, from models and actresses to first ladies, announced today that it will go completely fur-free with its pre-Fall 2019 collection. The company has also prohibited . . .
At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts
A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . .
Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown
The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . .
HSUS assists more than 200 German Shepherds rescued from puppy mills in Georgia, Maryland
For dogs bred in puppy mills, there are no good days. They are crammed into small spaces, often denied basic needs like food and water and veterinary care, and they rarely, if ever, get the human companionship and enrichment that makes their lives better and . . .
Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation
Japan this week formalized its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in a letter, setting the stage for its resumed killing of hundreds of whales in its coastal waters and perhaps elsewhere as well. Japan announced its departure from the IWC last month, and with . . .
A blog renamed, a mission renewed
These are exciting times for the animal protection movement, and especially for those of us who work at the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates, including Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The year 2019 has come in with . . .