Companion Animals

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and . . . 

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HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

By on November 30, 2017 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

We’re back at it in South Korea, saving dogs from the worst imaginable circumstances on meat farms and starting them on a journey that will turn their lives in the most dramatic ways. It’s the 10th dog meat farm we’ve cleaned out since we started . . . 

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Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

By on November 28, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

Public education, laws, and corporate policies – invaluable and essential to our cause, and able in the end to prevent cruelty to millions of animals – can take years to enact and still longer to achieve their full effect. There are times when other forms . . . 

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Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

By on November 7, 2017 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 16 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Devin Patrick Kelley was a miscreant as an adult—a sick and deranged human being, who left death and suffering and heartache in his wake. His worst act was the mass murder that he alone executed on Sunday, at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. . . . 

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HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

The images in the video are the kind that tear more than tug at the hearts of dog lovers. Animals are snatched from the streets (including owned pets), their muzzles tied tight with strings, after which they are stuffed into small sacks and packed into . . . 

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New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

When Hurricane Maria scoured the landscape of Puerto Rico, it killed people. It flattened and swallowed structures. It cut off power and left people in the dark and without refrigeration or air conditioning. It killed a lot of animals. We know, because our teams were . . . 

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HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston

By on October 25, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston

The day starts early at Emancipet’s low-cost veterinary clinic in the east end of Houston, where The HSUS is collaborating with the clinic to help animals and people buffeted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. With leashed dogs at their sides or cats crated or . . . 

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HSI brings help to thousands of animals in lesser-known disasters – in Mexico, Costa Rica

HSI brings help to thousands of animals in lesser-known disasters – in Mexico, Costa Rica

I’ve written much in the past six weeks about the disasters in Texas, Florida, and then Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. We’ve turned The HSUS and Humane Society International upside down during these harrowing times to help animals and people in need, and . . . 

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50 ways you can help animals

50 ways you can help animals

One of the questions I often get asked by supporters is, how can they get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection? I want to offer some broad strokes on how advocates, including you, can help advance our cause. There . . . 

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Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

By on October 16, 2017 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified . . . 

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Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico – and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable — there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals. Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection . . . 

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HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

One of Humane Society International’s most high-impact programs, Street Dog Defender, has the ambitious goal of improving the lives of 300 million street dogs around the world. These are animals who typically survive outside of homes or commercial locations and often live on the edge, . . . 

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