Archive for 2022

The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The norm on factory farms is to lock egg-laying hens, mother pigs and calves used for veal in cages so small they’re virtually immobilized. In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12, a historic ballot measure that banned the extreme confinement of these animals within the . . . 

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Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

It is a long way from the stable, paddock and winner’s circle at Churchill Downs to the dark, dank and bloody slaughterhouses in which tens of thousands of American horses meet their sad and pitiable end each year. Yet some former racehorses do make that . . . 

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As the status of cats rises, states turn against declawing

By on May 4, 2022 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments
As the status of cats rises, states turn against declawing

Maryland recently became the second state to enact legislation that prohibits the declawing of cats. The first to do so was New York, in 2019, and a handful of municipalities have done the same over the last several years. That declawing (the amputation of the . . . 

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Cosmetics animal testing is in the spotlight—now’s the time to end it

Cosmetics animal testing is in the spotlight—now’s the time to end it

One of our most urgent fights at the federal level centers on passage of the Humane Cosmetics Act in Congress. It’s got strong bipartisan support, cosmetics industry approval and the backing of scientists who understand the limitations of conventional animal tests and are committed to . . . 

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A beloved cat reuniting with his family and other small victories give us hope as war in Ukraine rages on

A beloved cat reuniting with his family and other small victories give us hope as war in Ukraine rages on

When Russia invaded her country in late February, Larysa Frisby of Ukraine fortunately was far from the war zone visiting family in the United States. Unfortunately, her cat Persik was back home in Odesa. Frisby managed to find help to evacuate the cat as far . . . 

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Two ‘big tusker’ elephants killed for the thrill by trophy hunters in Botswana

Two ‘big tusker’ elephants killed for the thrill by trophy hunters in Botswana

We learned last week about the outrageous killing of two iconic and rare “big tusker” male savanna elephants in an unpopulated corner of northern Botswana. “Big tusker” refers to an elephant with at least one tusk weighing 100 pounds but it effectively signifies an elephant . . . 

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We’re calling for SEC action over McDonald’s deception as the company confirms cruel crate confinement

By on April 22, 2022 in Farm Animals with 6 Comments
We’re calling for SEC action over McDonald’s deception as the company confirms cruel crate confinement

Today, the Humane Society of the United States is calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate and hold McDonald’s accountable for deceiving shareholders and the public about its animal confinement policies. We confronted McDonald’s with a shareholder proposal after suspecting that the . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes the horrors of animal testing—and more than 80 dogs who need our help

Undercover investigation exposes the horrors of animal testing—and more than 80 dogs who need our help

Today we are releasing the results of our seven-month undercover investigation at one of America’s largest animal testing laboratories. We’re asking you to join us in changing an outdated industry— animal testing—and, more immediately, in urging the release of more than 80 dogs still suffering . . . 

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In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

Today I’m turning the blog over to my colleague Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. For nearly two decades, Rebecca has been on the literal front lines of the fight to save animals, traveling to the ice floes of the Northwest Atlantic to . . . 

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Time, talent and National Volunteer Week: A reason to celebrate and participate

By on April 15, 2022 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Time, talent and National Volunteer Week: A reason to celebrate and participate

Every time we share news of a victory in our fight to protect animals, or positive trends in our cause, or growing momentum in a particular campaign, it’s also a story about the countless contributions of people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make these . . . 

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If you found an ‘orphaned’ wild animal, would you know how to do the right thing?

By on April 13, 2022 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
If you found an ‘orphaned’ wild animal, would you know how to do the right thing?

For many years, the modest stretch of forested land surrounding our office in Maryland has offered a refuge to wild animals whose habitat is shrinking around them. Year after year, our staff members excitedly share sightings of our wild neighbors: the mama fox who births . . . 

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Arizona becomes the latest state to ban the sale and production of eggs from caged chickens

By on April 12, 2022 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments
Arizona becomes the latest state to ban the sale and production of eggs from caged chickens

In an important and encouraging advance for the protection of farm animals, Arizona has moved to ban cruel cages for egg-laying hens and ensure that all eggs produced and/or sold in the state are cage-free. The regulations promulgated by the Arizona Department of Agriculture guarantee . . . 

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