Companion Animals

Get some “Humane Voices” in your head

Get some “Humane Voices” in your head

I talk to the media pretty regularly about issues and threats facing animals today and about all that we’re doing to help them. The reality of the media world, though, means that these discussions often get boiled down into 10-second sound bites! Happily, for those . . . 

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Breaking news: Brazil will no longer require one-year pesticide test on dogs; reforms will save animal lives in the country and in the U.S.

Breaking news: Brazil will no longer require one-year pesticide test on dogs; reforms will save animal lives in the country and in the U.S.

Brazil this week announced sweeping changes to its requirements for animal testing of agricultural pesticides, including eliminating the requirement for a controversial one-year toxicity test conducted on dogs. The move will potentially spare the lives of tens of thousands of animals used each year for . . . 

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From lemonade stands to lobbying members of Congress, children pitch in for the love of animals

From lemonade stands to lobbying members of Congress, children pitch in for the love of animals

As mom to an animal-loving daughter, it warms my heart to see stories of children who are working to make the world a better place for animals. We have all seen these on social media or maybe in our own homes and neighborhoods – children . . . 

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As heat wave wraps around the U.S., take steps to protect pets and keep them out of hot cars

As heat wave wraps around the U.S., take steps to protect pets and keep them out of hot cars

In the midst of a nationwide heat wave, with excessive-heat warnings and advisories in place for more than 20 states, it’s natural for those of us who care about animals to worry about their welfare and the risk of their being locked in cars. In . . . 

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Members of Congress join rescue pups at U.S. Capitol to urge passage of bill ending malicious acts of cruelty like crushing animals and bestiality

Members of Congress join rescue pups at U.S. Capitol to urge passage of bill ending malicious acts of cruelty like crushing animals and bestiality

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson It may be hard to believe, but some of the most malicious acts of animal cruelty — including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting them — are not felonies under federal law. Today, a bipartisan . . . 

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Educating consumers is key to ending puppy mill problem

Educating consumers is key to ending puppy mill problem

There are some 10,000 puppy mills active in the United States – a mammoth number, by any measure. Animals in these enterprises are condemned to a life of squalor and suffering with no relief in sight. At a typical puppy mill, dozens or even hundreds . . . 

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States, localities forge ahead on banning puppy mills, cage confinement, killing contests and more

States, localities forge ahead on banning puppy mills, cage confinement, killing contests and more

In May this year, Washington’s governor signed into law the strongest legislative protections for egg-laying hens anywhere in the world. Nevada became the second state in the country, after California, to pass a law banning cosmetics testing on animals. And New Mexico passed a law . . . 

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For two rescues, a journey from despair to hope and love

For two rescues, a journey from despair to hope and love

The hands-on rescue work we do at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International can be some of the most difficult for our responders, emotionally, because no matter how often they do this, it is never easy to see animals living . . . 

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This Fourth, keep your pets indoors and safe

This Fourth, keep your pets indoors and safe

Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays and I especially enjoy watching the fireworks with my family. Although this year I can’t help but worry a little as the holiday approaches. That’s because last year my dog, Lilly, suddenly developed an . . . 

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South Korea shuts down major dog meat market; More than 80 dogs rescued from vendors

South Korea shuts down major dog meat market; More than 80 dogs rescued from vendors

We are making great progress every day in our fight to end the dog meat trade and I have two major developments to share with you today from countries that have been the focus of some of our most important work. Yesterday, South Korean authorities . . . 

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Our animal protection agenda wins big in House Appropriations funding package

Our animal protection agenda wins big in House Appropriations funding package

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There’s a reason why the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund invest substantial time and effort in seeking to shape funding decisions within the U.S. Congress; it pays off big for animal protection. . . . 

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Dog meat ‘festival’ begins in Yulin, China; Activists rescue 62 dogs from slaughterhouse

Dog meat ‘festival’ begins in Yulin, China; Activists rescue 62 dogs from slaughterhouse

The dog meat festival in Yulin, China, begins this Friday. However, dogs and cats, either stolen from their owners or plucked from the streets, are already being mercilessly bludgeoned to death or electrocuted before being cooked and served up as food in the city’s restaurants. . . . 

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