Companion Animals

10 states now encourage adoption of research dogs into loving homes

10 states now encourage adoption of research dogs into loving homes

It is a bleak life for the approximately 60,000 dogs and 20,000 cats used in testing and research in U.S. laboratories each year. In March, we revealed the sad plight of some of these animals when we did an undercover investigation at a contract laboratory . . . 

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Alert! Last chance to comment on USDA rule to reform puppy mills

Alert! Last chance to comment on USDA rule to reform puppy mills

There has been an incredible response to our Horrible Hundred report on problem puppy mills and to our Petland investigation, both released this month. Tens of thousands of you have shared our blog posts on social media, and many have written to us with your . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation reveals more sick, dead puppies at Petland stores

HSUS undercover investigation reveals more sick, dead puppies at Petland stores

Today, we’re releasing a report and hidden camera footage of investigations we have carried out at Petland stores, including three new investigations in Sarasota, Florida; Novi, Michigan; and Tyler, Texas. As with our previous investigations of the national pet store chain, we again found animals . . . 

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Annual Horrible Hundred report identifies problem puppy mills in U.S.; Reveals USDA is failing to crack down on violators

Annual Horrible Hundred report identifies problem puppy mills in U.S.; Reveals USDA is failing to crack down on violators

Our seventh annual Horrible Hundred report, which we are releasing today, reveals shocking instances of neglect and mistreatment of dogs in puppy mills, including severely underweight dogs and large numbers of puppies dying mysteriously. What it also reveals is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . 

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Doris Day was a force for animal protection

By on May 13, 2019 in Companion Animals, Equine with 5 Comments
Doris Day was a force for animal protection

With the passing of legendary actress, singer and animal advocate Doris Day, the world has lost a generous and kind soul. Even as we mourn the loss of a woman whose grace, talent and versatility left so many of us charmed, I want to celebrate . . . 

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New York City pet store faces lawsuit following HSUS undercover investigation that exposed sick, mistreated puppies

New York City pet store faces lawsuit following HSUS undercover investigation that exposed sick, mistreated puppies

A New York pet store that sold numerous sick puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting consumers now faces a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly failing to give proper medical care to sick puppies and deceiving buyers about their health. The store’s former owner may . . . 

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To the Rescue! Gala celebrates work to end farm animal suffering, even as new U.N. report says industrial farming, other human actions are driving animals to extinction

To the Rescue! Gala celebrates work to end farm animal suffering, even as new U.N. report says industrial farming, other human actions are driving animals to extinction

A new United Nations report out today foretells a dire future for Planet Earth: as many as one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, mainly due to human actions, including development, the cutting of down forests and exhaustion of natural resources, . . . 

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Activists expose dog meat industry in Shanghai, as city hosts World Dog Show

Activists expose dog meat industry in Shanghai, as city hosts World Dog Show

Shanghai is now hosting the 2019 World Dog Show, an event billed as a “joyful gathering for dog lovers and lovely dogs across the world.” Meanwhile, at restaurants just a few miles away, diners will partake of meat from dogs just as beautiful and lovable . . . 

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Bill in Congress would require better veterinary care, other reforms for dogs in puppy mills

Bill in Congress would require better veterinary care, other reforms for dogs in puppy mills

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A quartet of bipartisan U.S. Representatives today introduced a bill that would strengthen baseline standards for commercial dog dealers regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act. The Puppy Protection Act was introduced by Reps. . . . 

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Bipartisan voices urge USDA to implement puppy mill reforms

Bipartisan voices urge USDA to implement puppy mill reforms

With one month to go before public comment closes on a federal rule that would curb some of the worst practices at puppy mills, some prominent voices are making the case for why the U.S. government needs to finalize this proposal and go even further . . . 

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The people have spoken: No more puppy mill dogs in pet stores

The people have spoken: No more puppy mill dogs in pet stores

The pursuit and promotion of humane business models for pet stores carries so much promise in our work, and we’re gaining ground in our campaign to halt the sale of puppy mill puppies in retail settings. To date, 300 local governments—cities, towns and counties—of all . . . 

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Lawmakers, businesses honored for their work to help animals

Lawmakers, businesses honored for their work to help animals

Each year, the Humane Society of the United States recognizes lawmakers and corporations who support and adopt humane principles in their work. This week, I was on Capitol Hill with colleagues from the Humane Society Legislative Fund to honor 173 lawmakers with our Humane Awards, . . . 

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