Companion Animals

In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

Despite the pandemic, our fight against puppy mills continued full throttle in 2020. We won several important legal and legislative battles against these commercial enterprises that keep large numbers of dogs in sordid conditions, and we continued to raise awareness about problem mills through our . . . 

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Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

The Department of Transportation has just finalized a rule that prohibits airlines from banning pit-bull-type dogs and certain other breeds from serving as service animals on flights. The Humane Society family of organizations has long opposed breed bans because they are unscientific and discriminate against . . . 

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Three Chicago pet stores continue to sell fake ‘rescue’ dogs; one caught buying directly from breeder

Three Chicago pet stores continue to sell fake ‘rescue’ dogs; one caught buying directly from breeder

For some years now, we have been keeping a close eye on three Chicago pet stores that have been finding their way around a city ordinance that prohibits the sales of commercially raised dogs and cats in pet stores to fight the problem of puppy . . . 

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Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

By on November 24, 2020 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

The presence of pets has been one of the silver linings during the pandemic for so many millions of Americans. A recent, evocative NPR story delved into the joys and comforts of such companionship at a time when people are isolated at home and less . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

An HSUS undercover investigator has recorded video footage of animals living in dismal conditions at puppy mills in the Midwest that have never or only rarely been cited for neglecting the animals in their care by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency whose . . . 

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Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

One of the most miraculous things about animals is their extraordinary ability to heal and love. It is something we witness time and again in our work, especially with the dogs we rescue from South Korean dog meat farms. Last month, I told you about . . . 

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Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released a package of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, and it is a mixed bag for animals. The House has already approved its appropriations bills, which fund federal government agencies, and they include significant protections for animals, . . . 

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A time of hope for animals

A time of hope for animals

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris head to the White House, they bring with them a proven track record of protecting animals. In past years, we have worked with both the president- and vice-president-elect to strengthen laws on wildlife, marine mammals, farm animals, and so . . . 

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Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

By on November 4, 2020 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments
Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

At the now defunct Newseum in Washington, D.C., one of the most popular exhibits used to be a photographic display on presidents and their dogs. It was impossible to get in edgeways through the crowds milling around it, and almost everyone had smiles on their . . . 

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Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

An overwhelming majority of Kentucky voters oppose horse soring—the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds—and want Congress to end it, according to the results of a new poll we are releasing today. Seventy-eight percent of . . . 

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San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

In a sweeping victory, San Antonio, Texas, voted last night to prohibit the sale of commercially raised puppies and kittens in pet stores. The city is home to one Petland and three other puppy-selling stores, and it has been a focal point in our work . . . 

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Greyhound racing is all but dead as Florida prepares for its final races

Greyhound racing is all but dead as Florida prepares for its final races

With a historic law we helped pass that bans greyhound racing in Florida about to take effect at the beginning of 2021, the last three remaining racetracks in the state have announced the dates for their final races in December. It would not be a . . . 

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