Archive for September, 2020

200-plus wild animals removed from notorious Indiana roadside zoo

200-plus wild animals removed from notorious Indiana roadside zoo

An Indiana roadside zoo whose owner’s federal license was revoked for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including beating a leopard to death with a baseball bat and swinging monkeys around by their tails, has closed its doors. The animals are being moved to . . . 

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team deploys in hurricane-ravaged Florida

By on September 17, 2020 in Animal Rescue and Care with 0 Comments
HSUS Animal Rescue Team deploys in hurricane-ravaged Florida

Our Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in Escambia County, Florida, helping local authorities find and transport animals affected by flooding from Hurricane Sally to safety. The scenes on the ground are devastating. Diane Robinson, program manager for disaster services, was among those staff . . . 

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A U.S. Senator attacks states’ efforts to end ivory trafficking, but progress continues on many fronts

A U.S. Senator attacks states’ efforts to end ivory trafficking, but progress continues on many fronts

Since 2017, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has introduced a bill that would undermine America’s war on ivory trafficking by hindering the ability of states to create laws fighting this illegal trade. The full Senate did not consider the bill the last time, and more Americans . . . 

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New wolf pups on Isle Royale bring promise of recovery for a struggling population

By on September 15, 2020 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
New wolf pups on Isle Royale bring promise of recovery for a struggling population

The first wolf pups in several years have been born on Isle Royale in Michigan, the National Park Service reported this week. This is exciting news. We have followed the progress of the wolves on this remote island close to Canada for years and championed . . . 

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New study finds most chicken meat sold globally comes from terrible animal suffering

New study finds most chicken meat sold globally comes from terrible animal suffering

The meat industry’s common practice of breeding broiler chickens to grow faster and bigger results in immense suffering and extremely poor quality of life for the animals, according to the largest study ever conducted on the topic. The two-year study was conducted by researchers at . . . 

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Breaking news: Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw wildlife killing contests

Washington has just outlawed wildlife killing contests—the seventh state to do so in the past six years. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 7-2 this morning to pass a rule ending these gruesome spectacles where participants kill large numbers of wild animals simply for . . . 

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New poll shows overwhelming support in Tennessee for ending horse soring with the PAST Act

By on September 10, 2020 in Uncategorized with 7 Comments
New poll shows overwhelming support in Tennessee for ending horse soring with the PAST Act

More than 83% of Tennessee voters want Congress to end the terrible practice of soring walking horses and related breeds to win ribbons at competitions, a new Humane Society of the United States poll shows. Respondents belonging to both parties in the largely conservative state . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Legislation to reform horse racing is in full gallop in Congress, with bipartisan members of the House and Senate joining forces to end the reckless drugging of horses and improve the safety of the tracks on which they run. The House Energy and Commerce Committee . . . 

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Whales, dolphins and porpoises are disappearing at an alarming rate; Scientists issue urgent call to reverse the tide

By on September 4, 2020 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are disappearing at an alarming rate; Scientists issue urgent call to reverse the tide

Whales, dolphins and porpoises, known collectively as cetaceans, face momentous challenges to their survival today. Many of these animals are disappearing right before our eyes, like the Chinese river dolphin, declared possibly extinct in 2017, and the Mexican vaquita, a species of porpoise that is . . . 

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California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California, which took the pioneering move of banning mountain lion trophy hunting three decades ago, is still standing strong for these iconic animals. This week, California lawmakers passed groundbreaking legislation to ban the use of certain rodenticides that have been held responsible for the illness . . . 

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Creating a humane legacy for animals

By on September 2, 2020 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Creating a humane legacy for animals

Just about every one of us who comes into this work has the same question in mind: “What can I do to make a difference?” In the end it’s something that we each have to answer for ourselves. But there is no shortage of good . . . 

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USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency tasked with protecting American wildlife, is getting closer to allowing trophy hunters and cattle ranchers to open season on the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic—as well as most persecuted—animals. USFWS director Aurelia Skipwith . . . 

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