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Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

A poignant Washington Post story about a black bear mourning her 6-month old cub, struck dead by a vehicle in Yosemite National Park, is a reminder that even in wild spaces animals are at risk when they come into contact with humans. Since 1995, motorists . . . 

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Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

One of the ways we make a difference for animals is by working on the state and local levels to secure the passage of laws that prevent cruel and inhumane practices that threaten animals—from puppies born in massive puppy mills to coyotes and foxes at . . . 

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Why the summer heat is particularly dangerous for these types of dogs

By on July 15, 2021 in Companion Animals with 1 Comment
Why the summer heat is particularly dangerous for these types of dogs

Recent heatwaves across the U.S. and Canada have proven to be deadly for people and animals. And just a few weeks before these fatal heatwaves, the Westminster Dog Show declared Wasabi, a Pekingese, winner of its “best in show” award at its 145th annual competition . . . 

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How Korean chefs are using plant-based recipes to replace dog meat soup

How Korean chefs are using plant-based recipes to replace dog meat soup

When three peak days of summer approach in South Korea, so do the peaks of slaughter of dogs from the country’s dog meat farms. The three hottest days of the year according to the lunar calendar are known as Boknal, a period when some people . . . 

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

By on June 7, 2021 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments
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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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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How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

Earlier this week, we released our Horrible Hundred report, a roundup of 100 puppy mills that keep churning out dogs in dismal conditions to be sold through pet stores, flea markets and websites across the country. This report gained headlines in top local media outlets, . . . 

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Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

What dog lovers don’t know about where their beloved puppies come from can hurt them. When puppies are born to emaciated, sick or injured dogs in cramped and dirty wire cages, the physical and mental toll can extend throughout their lives, impacting their behavior and . . . 

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Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

We all know what dogs love: a comfortable napping spot, a romp in the grass, a kind touch and the safety and security of a caring environment. But thousands of dogs in commercial breeding operations licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell to . . . 

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Breaking: Washington bans the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet shops

Breaking: Washington bans the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet shops

Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Humane Pet Sales Bill, making Washington state the fourth in the nation to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Washington joins California, Maryland, Maine and over 380 localities across the country in taking a strong . . . 

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