Archive for November, 2022

Giving thanks with Helen the turkey

Giving thanks with Helen the turkey

This year for Thanksgiving, I’m in Texas at our expansive animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch. Founded in 1979, Black Beauty Ranch is home to nearly 650 rescued animals. Some came from slaughterhouses or research laboratories or cases of extreme neglect. Others came from roadside zoos or were . . . 

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Breaking: 18 dogs saved as Viet Nam slaughterhouse shuts down

Breaking: 18 dogs saved as Viet Nam slaughterhouse shuts down

Something extraordinary happened just outside a dog slaughterhouse and dog meat restaurant in Viet Nam where thousands of dogs and cats had been killed over the past five years: The owner of the facility approached the sign that advertised dog meat and started to tear . . . 

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Endangered Species Act proposal would be a win for elephants

Endangered Species Act proposal would be a win for elephants

There’s a golden opportunity to help protect African elephants now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new Endangered Species Act rule. If finalized, the new rule would better regulate imports of African elephants and their parts, like hunting trophies, to the . . . 

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Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

By on November 17, 2022 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 4 Comments
Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

As the holiday season approaches, now is an important time to remind your friends and family not to support pet stores that sell puppies and kittens. Not only can this spare them a lot of heartache, but it can also help change a system that . . . 

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Breaking: Brutal trophy hunt returns in shocking ‘emergency’ reversal of policy

By on November 16, 2022 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 10 Comments
Breaking: Brutal trophy hunt returns in shocking ‘emergency’ reversal of policy

In a stunningly shortsighted and ill-advised decision, New Jersey officials voted Tuesday to bring back the state’s trophy hunt of black bears. The disappointing move was approved Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the state’s Fish and Game Council and supported by a finding of . . . 

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As the House votes to stop soring of horses, it’s PAST time

As the House votes to stop soring of horses, it’s PAST time

On the House floor Monday night, the House of Representatives voted 304 to 111 to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act into law. With just a few weeks remaining in the 117th Congress, getting a vote in the Senate will take some effort. . . . 

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At CITES in Panama, we’re pushing for greater wildlife protection worldwide

At CITES in Panama, we’re pushing for greater wildlife protection worldwide

What kind of world would this be if there were no regulation of the international trade in wildlife and wildlife parts? In a world in which commercial interests alone determined the fate of tigers, elephants and hundreds of other species threatened by trade, would these . . . 

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Breaking: 34 dogs saved from South Korea’s dog meat industry arrive in US to seek homes

Breaking: 34 dogs saved from South Korea’s dog meat industry arrive in US to seek homes

The fortunate 34 dogs who arrived in the United States earlier this month have come quite a long way since our animal rescue responders first encountered them as victims of the dog meat industry in South Korea. Back in July, I told you about 21 . . . 

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Indiana raid shows why strong laws against cockfighting are essential

Indiana raid shows why strong laws against cockfighting are essential

It was clear something awful had been happening at a residence near Fort Wayne, Indiana, just by looking at the ground. As our team assisted law enforcement in a search of the area on Nov. 3, they saw carcasses and body parts of dead animals . . . 

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Lawsuit seeks justice for family who purchased sick puppy from Texas Petland

By on November 4, 2022 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
Lawsuit seeks justice for family who purchased sick puppy from Texas Petland

UPDATE 11/22/22: The lawsuit has been amended with another complainant who claims she was sold a sick puppy by Petland Webster. Additional claims may be added to the lawsuit in the coming weeks if more potential plaintiffs come forward. When Stephanie Gonzalez and her 7-year-old . . . 

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Inside a unique program that prevents cruelty to elephants in South Africa

Inside a unique program that prevents cruelty to elephants in South Africa

As human development and activity increasingly encroach on wild habitats, one of the most challenging parts of protecting wild animals from suffering is figuring out solutions for coexistence. In this shrinking wild world, elephants have a particularly hard time—in part because their ranges are so . . . 

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