Archive for 2019
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders
The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step . . .
USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . .
Latest HSUS investigation shows Petland store in Florence, KY, selling sick puppies
Our latest investigation reveals shocking and deceptive tactics used by a corporate-run Petland store to sell a sick puppy to a shopper working on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, and to keep customers in the dark about other disease outbreaks among . . .
HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins
Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. For decades they have been poached indiscriminately throughout their range in Africa and Asia, driving their numbers in the wild to dangerously low levels. That’s why, four years ago, the Humane Society of the United . . .
New poll shows more Floridians than ever oppose hunting of black bears
Florida authorities are now considering a proposal to manage the state’s black bear population, including a plan that could open the animals to the sights of trophy hunters. But a new statewide poll shows that more than two-thirds of Floridians are against the idea of . . .
Honoring our veterans and the animals they love
Veterans Day appears on our calendars every year as a special day on which to honor the men and women who have faithfully served in our nation’s armed forces. But the fact is that we ought to be mindful of veterans’ service and loyalty every . . .