Archive for June, 2021

Chinese activists save dogs from truck bound for Yulin dog meat ‘festival’

Chinese activists save dogs from truck bound for Yulin dog meat ‘festival’

An act of bravery has saved 68 dogs just hours before slaughter, and we have local animal activists in China to thank. The rescue happened outside the city of Yulin, the site of the infamous dog meat “festival,” which takes place each year as the . . . 

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Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Last week, Israel became the first country in the world to ban the sale of new fur products used for fashion. We want to share why this is meaningful progress for animals and for advocates around the globe fighting for a fur-free future. A strong . . . 

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Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

In February, 1,500 trophy hunters took to the frigid woods of Wisconsin, armed with guns, traps, neck snares and packs of hounds, in what would be Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The destruction and killing they perpetrated over the next 60 hours revealed . . . 

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Chinese advocates lead the fight against Yulin’s dog meat trade

Chinese advocates lead the fight against Yulin’s dog meat trade

In China and a few other East Asian nations, there is a civil war playing out over the dog and cat meat trade. It is a war of ideas, attitudes, behaviors and worldviews. It is a fight that pits citizens of these nations who love . . . 

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Breaking: Nevada becomes 9th state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking: Nevada becomes 9th state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak just signed a bill into law making Nevada the ninth state to ban the sale of eggs that come from hens in cages. The measure also bans the cage confinement of egg-laying hens in the state. Most hens used in the . . . 

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Standing up for marine animals is the perfect way to celebrate World Oceans Day

Standing up for marine animals is the perfect way to celebrate World Oceans Day

Fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales remain on our planet; fins from 73 million sharks are traded every year; warming waters render habitats increasingly unlivable for animals once at home there. Clearly, the status quo for the animals of our oceans urgently needs to . . . 

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No, ‘pandemic pets’ aren’t being surrendered. But some families still need support.

By on June 7, 2021 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
No, ‘pandemic pets’ aren’t being surrendered. But some families still need support.

Recently, as people are starting to head back into the office, I’ve been getting questions about what’s happening with “pandemic pets” — dogs, cats and other animals who people brought into their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reporters want to know whether we have noticed . . . 

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Breaking: Biden administration takes steps to strengthen the Endangered Species Act

Breaking: Biden administration takes steps to strengthen the Endangered Species Act

Today, the Biden administration announced it will take the needed ax to some of the Trump-era regulations that undermined the Endangered Species Act, and made a promise to revise others. This is a decisive move toward undoing the damage done by the previous administration to . . . 

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Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

A beautiful story came out over the weekend in the Washington Post about an 11-year-old beagle named Hammy. Adopted in 2013 after living in a research laboratory for his first four years of life, Hammy became the beloved pup of journalist Melanie D.G. Kaplan. As . . . 

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Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

Update 6/2/2021: The split sample test has confirmed that Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit had betamethasone in his system, according to the New York Times. So far, the 2021 Triple Crown season has produced astonishing proof of how badly horse racing needs further regulation to . . . 

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