Archive for 2022

New UK law takes landmark step, recognizing that animals have feelings

New UK law takes landmark step, recognizing that animals have feelings

While many of our Humane Society International colleagues are responding to the crisis in Ukraine, they continue to advance the vital priority campaigns that are the main focus of their work. In the United Kingdom, that includes the recent passage of “sentience” legislation that requires . . . 

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Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

When Humane Society of the United States investigators go out to take a close look at facilities that keep captive birds—roadside zoos, animal markets and others—they almost always return with the same dispiriting reports of dismal treatment and living conditions. Owls and hawks tightly chained . . . 

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One month into war, our animal relief effort expands

One month into war, our animal relief effort expands

Each and every day in war-torn Ukraine, we see a poignant truth that we have seen at other times in other places. In their most desperate moments, at the risk of their own lives and without hesitation, those who love and care about animals will . . . 

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It’s time to move past the cruel, inhumane practice of testing cosmetics on animals

It’s time to move past the cruel, inhumane practice of testing cosmetics on animals

Back in the 1940s, when government scientists were asked to check cosmetics for safety, they turned to rabbits. Dr. J.H. Draize and colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration dropped chemicals into the animals’ eyes and applied them to their skin, then assigned scores to . . . 

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Supreme Court takes up pork industry’s attempt to overturn California’s Proposition 12  

Supreme Court takes up pork industry’s attempt to overturn California’s Proposition 12  

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the pork industry’s lawsuit that attempts to overturn California’s Proposition 12. Special interest groups have been trying to stop the implementation of the historic ballot measure, which passed in 2018 with 63% of California voters in support. . . . 

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Our undercover investigation reveals why hippos desperately need federal protections under the Endangered Species Act

Our undercover investigation reveals why hippos desperately need federal protections under the Endangered Species Act

With their barrel shape, huge teeth and jaws that can open to almost 180 degrees, hippos are characteristically unique and one of the world’s most recognizable animals. Hippos are also a keystone species: As “ecosystem engineers,” their behavior helps shape and maintain landscapes and habitats . . . 

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Black bears get a spring reprieve in some states

By on March 23, 2022 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
Black bears get a spring reprieve in some states

Spring is a crucial time for black bears: After emerging from their dens following months in winter hibernation, many spend the first few weeks building up strength by eating mainly grasses and other plants. Mother bears are especially weak, having spent the last few months . . . 

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We’re back! Animal Care Expo celebrates its 30th anniversary in person

We’re back! Animal Care Expo celebrates its 30th anniversary in person

After more than two years of the pandemic testing our patience and resolve, forcing us to find new ways of working and socializing, and making us long for normal life, there are finally signs of spring—among them, our return to holding Animal Care Expo in . . . 

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HSUS team rescues New Mexico dogs from squalid conditions

HSUS team rescues New Mexico dogs from squalid conditions

On Monday morning in San Miguel County, our Animal Rescue Team members were up with the sun, watching it rise over a picturesque New Mexico mesa as they met up with local authorities getting ready to serve a search-and-seizure warrant. But in stark contrast to . . . 

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Animal welfare crisis grows more critical in Ukraine as war rages on

Animal welfare crisis grows more critical in Ukraine as war rages on

As Russia continues its deadly assault on Ukraine, humanitarians and animal advocates from around the world are banding together to provide urgent relief to those imperiled by the fighting, and to help people fleeing the war zone with their beloved pets. Indeed, the situation inside . . . 

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Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Update 3/15/2022: President Biden signed the appropriations package into law. Humane advocates often look to the passage of animal-friendly legislation as the strongest measure of progress in our work at the federal level, and clearly, good laws are important. But a nation that cares for . . . 

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McDonald’s broken promise on animal welfare will loom large at shareholder meeting

By on March 9, 2022 in Farm Animals with 17 Comments
McDonald’s broken promise on animal welfare will loom large at shareholder meeting

For decades, the Humane Society of the United States has led the charge against the cruel confinement of animals on factory farms. It’s a big fight, one of the biggest, and it involves hundreds of millions of animals locked in cramped spaces all across this . . . 

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