Companion Animals

Mexico’s Chihuahua state along U.S. border bans dogfighting

Mexico’s Chihuahua state along U.S. border bans dogfighting

In just two short years since its founding, our Humane Society International/Mexico office has made its mark in the protection of animals. Last year, when Mexico was hit by two earthquakes, team members deployed to hard-hit areas, bringing relief to more than 6,200 animals. We have conducted an investigation into the sale of horse meat . . . 

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Florida high school shooter bragged about killing animals

Florida high school shooter bragged about killing animals

Once again, our country is in collective mourning over a senseless, gruesome massacre at a school, this time in Parkland, Florida. As the mother of a high schooler myself, I am heartbroken and worried for every child, for every family, and for every community that has to endure such suffering and pain. Beyond the shared . . . 

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As world watches Pyeongchang, HSI focuses attention on Korea’s grisly dog meat trade

As world watches Pyeongchang, HSI focuses attention on Korea’s grisly dog meat trade

By Kitty Block A new generation of heroes has emerged in South Korea, and they are my friends and colleagues. This weekend, as viewers around the world tuned in to watch skating, skiing, hockey, and other sports at the Winter Games, I waited for news from the Humane Society International rescue team working just down . . . 

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Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

By Kitty Block Today, as the Winter Games begin in Pyeongchang, my colleagues in Humane Society International are on the ground in South Korea, extending their important work against the dog meat trade. Three years ago, The HSUS and HSI embarked on an important campaign in that nation, the only one in the world where . . . 

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Taking on a Mexican spectacle of cruelty

Taking on a Mexican spectacle of cruelty

It is almost unfathomably monstrous, and it is repeated around the year, year after year, in the municipalities of Yucatan, Mexico. Men riding bulls goad the animals to chase horses in arenas. The bulls charge at the horses, injuring and eviscerating them. The horses, their guts hanging loose, die a slow and painful death even . . . 

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Indonesia’s dog meat markets exposed in stomach-churning way

Indonesia’s dog meat markets exposed in stomach-churning way

It’s a video that’s almost impossible to watch, even for those of us who’ve gritted their teeth and endured hundreds of videos through the years that put some malevolent form of animal cruelty on a computer screen or television. The Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition, which includes Humane Society International, gathered this latest horrific evidence . . . 

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Federal food stamp program should, in a SNAP, allow pet food purchases

Federal food stamp program should, in a SNAP, allow pet food purchases

A heart-tugging issue has surfaced as lawmakers prepare to dig into details of the Farm Bill, a catchall package of items relating to agriculture and food policy in the United States. Should recipients of food stamps be allowed to purchase food for their hungry pets with the finite federal support they receive through the program? . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and . . . 

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Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

Last week, the city of Poulsbo, Washington, became the 250th locality in the United States to enact a law prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, unless the animals are sourced from shelters or rescues. Cities, towns, and counties of all sizes and demographics are registering their concerns about the national epidemic . . . 

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Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

By on January 4, 2018 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments
Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

With weather systems delivering punishingly low temperatures – along with ice, snow, and wind – deaths from the cold cycle are mounting, including animal victims. Heartbreaking images on social media, of dogs left outside and frozen, are almost too much to bear. Yesterday, People.com reported a gut-wrenching story of a black lab mix in Illinois . . . 

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