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Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

I have some encouraging news to report: the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon defeated the Farm Bill with the King amendment by a vote of 198 to 213. Rep. Steve King’s amendment could eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of state and local laws protecting animals, children, workers, consumers and the environment, but its primary . . . 

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Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

Imagine a country where states are forced to legalize dog, cat and horse meat. Where states could no longer set anti-cruelty and public health standards for meat and eggs sold to their residents. Where laws preventing puppy mill abuse and the trade in shark fins are wiped away. That nightmarish scenario could soon become a . . . 

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Horrible Hundred report highlights problem puppy mills in the U.S.

By on May 14, 2018 in Companion Animals with 16 Comments
Horrible Hundred report highlights problem puppy mills in the U.S.

A Chihuahua with a large, open wound dead in her cage. Underweight dogs with their ribs and hip bones showing. A Nebraska breeder who euthanized dogs just because they had burrs stuck in their fur and he didn’t think they were worth the trouble of grooming. An Ohio breeder who left injured dogs bleeding and . . . 

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Breaking news: New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in filthy conditions will serve jail time

Breaking news: New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in filthy conditions will serve jail time

Last year, the Humane Society of the United States assisted in an extraordinary rescue of 84 Great Danes, some sick, living in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion. Today, a judge sentenced the breeder, Christina Fay, to jail time, and admonished her for not showing any “signs of remorse” for what she did to . . . 

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‘We are so close to losing the puppy that we loved’: HSUS report details 10 years of complaints about puppy mill dogs

‘We are so close to losing the puppy that we loved’: HSUS report details 10 years of complaints about puppy mill dogs

The moment Tamara Vucak brought her new puppy, Kiki, home, she knew something was wrong. “She had a weird breathing sound …but I just thought that was how puppies of that size breathe,” Vucak recalls. But when Kiki got worse, her mom took her to the emergency vet where she remained for three days. In . . . 

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Humane State program helps police connect with shelters, save animal lives

Humane State program helps police connect with shelters, save animal lives

In 2016, a sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa placed a call to the Humane Society of Tulsa – he needed help with 28 neglected dogs who were emaciated and in need of rescue. In the past, the officer said, he would have likely walked away from the scene, not knowing what to do, but this time . . . 

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Brutal dog killing in Bangladesh highlights need for compassionate approach to street dogs

Brutal dog killing in Bangladesh highlights need for compassionate approach to street dogs

A horrible story coming out of Bangladesh has shocked people worldwide: a security guard and his accomplices unleashed what one local news outlet described as a “killing spree” against street dogs over an accusation that one of the dogs had bitten a child. The men rounded up two adult dogs and 14 puppies, beat them . . . 

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States make progress on fighting puppy mills, reducing animal testing and more

States make progress on fighting puppy mills, reducing animal testing and more

This week, Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a landmark bill that bans the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and instead encourages stores to work with animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless pets. He also approved two other animal protection bills, including one that would require that cats and . . . 

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Attacks on rescues designed to deflect attention from puppy mill abuse

Attacks on rescues designed to deflect attention from puppy mill abuse

A recent article in the Washington Post took a look at the notion of irresponsible rescues – specifically, self-described pet rescue groups that purchase breeder dogs at puppy mill auctions, based on the premise that they are “used up” and therefore being rescued, not purchased. Reporter Kim Kavin studied the invoices from the two big . . . 

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Megan Leavey, The Simpsons among HSUS’s 2018 Genesis Awards winners

By on April 23, 2018 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals with 0 Comments
Megan Leavey, The Simpsons among HSUS’s 2018 Genesis Awards winners

At the Humane Society of the United States, we work to confront and prevent animal cruelty every day. Our animal protection mission requires a high level of engagement and awareness, and we work with partners in various fields, from educators to lawmakers to corporate leaders to law enforcement agents, to advance the cause of animals . . . 

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