Archive for November, 2020

Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

By on November 24, 2020 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

The presence of pets has been one of the silver linings during the pandemic for so many millions of Americans. A recent, evocative NPR story delved into the joys and comforts of such companionship at a time when people are isolated at home and less . . . 

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U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

In the midst of a booming coronavirus surge across the United States, a related crisis is brewing on the nation’s mink fur farms where outbreaks have failed to be treated with the same level of concern and seriousness we have seen from other countries. A . . . 

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In historic decision, federal court upholds verdict that Smithfield’s factory farming practices made its neighbors miserable

In historic decision, federal court upholds verdict that Smithfield’s factory farming practices made its neighbors miserable

A federal court has ruled that a jury was right in holding Smithfield responsible for creating a nuisance for a community in the vicinity of a pig growing facility in North Carolina. Neighbors of the Smithfield-affiliated facility, which held 15,000 pigs, had alleged that the . . . 

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With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

Wisconsin, which has a history of decimating its wolf population, is once again raring to open season on these animals soon after a federal rule stripping Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the lower 48 states goes into effect in January. At a September . . . 

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As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

As black bears work extra hard to pack on the pounds and prepare for the barren winter months ahead, trophy hunters are rampaging through their habitats, slaughtering these iconic animals so they can hang their heads on walls. Some states are even allowing these hunters . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

An HSUS undercover investigator has recorded video footage of animals living in dismal conditions at puppy mills in the Midwest that have never or only rarely been cited for neglecting the animals in their care by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency whose . . . 

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Victory! Court upholds Obama-era protections for Alaska’s brown bears, disallows baiting

By on November 16, 2020 in Uncategorized with 3 Comments
Victory! Court upholds Obama-era protections for Alaska’s brown bears, disallows baiting

A federal court has ruled that brown bears in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge should continue to be protected from the cruel and biologically unsound hunting practice of baiting—luring these animals with piles of rotting foods like donuts and pastries and then killing them. The . . . 

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World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

The United States is one of the world’s largest destinations for illegal wildlife products. Each year, traffickers smuggle in millions of dollars’ worth of items from poached animals, including shark fins, pangolin scales, ivory trinkets, animal trophies, and live animals like monkeys, parrots and snakes . . . 

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For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

The reinstatement of the 2016 federal rule to address the abhorrent and widely scorned practice of horse soring in the Tennessee walking horse industry should be an easy decision for the incoming administration. The rule, which the Humane Society of the United States and the . . . 

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Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

One of the most miraculous things about animals is their extraordinary ability to heal and love. It is something we witness time and again in our work, especially with the dogs we rescue from South Korean dog meat farms. Last month, I told you about . . . 

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Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released a package of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, and it is a mixed bag for animals. The House has already approved its appropriations bills, which fund federal government agencies, and they include significant protections for animals, . . . 

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