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USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . . 

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Louisville, KY, urges Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to stop blocking efforts to end horse soring, pass PAST Act

Louisville, KY, urges Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to stop blocking efforts to end horse soring, pass PAST Act

Council members of the largest city in Kentucky last night adopted a resolution with a strong message for the state’s two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul: co-sponsor and help enact the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to end the torture of Tennessee walking . . . 

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HSUS- and HSLF-backed plan for wild horses and burros rejects slaughter, offers much-needed reprieve

HSUS- and HSLF-backed plan for wild horses and burros rejects slaughter, offers much-needed reprieve

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson America’s wild horses and burros have long been engulfed in a political quagmire, and their place on our western rangelands has been hotly contested for more than half a century. But a comprehensive, science-based management proposal promises to break . . . 

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A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A number of important bills are now making their way through Congress, and this week has been a particularly successful one for wildlife and especially for elephants, rhinos, wolves, wild horses, burros and right whales. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations . . . 

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Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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At Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, repeat soring offenders win championship, ribbons

At Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, repeat soring offenders win championship, ribbons

It is a scenario that would be impossible to fathom anywhere other than within the bizarre world of walking horse competitions. Last Saturday, at the annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, the event’s top honor of World Grand Champion went to a horse, I’m Mayhem, trained . . . 

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Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

In June, Humane Society of the United States responders were called in to assist with the rescue of more than 150 horses, mini-horses, mules and donkeys on a property in Camp County, Texas. Among the animals were nine mustangs, who had been removed from the . . . 

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HSUS, HSLF file lawsuit to compel USDA to reinstate soring rule

HSUS, HSLF file lawsuit  to compel USDA to reinstate soring rule

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Just weeks after the historic passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, in the U.S. House of Representatives, we’re opening up another front in our fight against horse “soring.” Today the Humane Society of the . . . 

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PZP Immunocontraception Conference draws wildlife managers from around the world

PZP Immunocontraception Conference draws wildlife managers from around the world

Today, I’ve turned the blog space over to my colleague, Stephanie Boyles Griffin, Senior Scientist in the HSUS’s Wildlife Protection Department, to relay some news about an important conference concerning non-lethal wildlife management taking place in Montana this week. The gathering is focused on advancing . . . 

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Nashville calls for an end to cruel horse soring

Nashville calls for an  end to cruel horse soring

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Just weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives’ historic passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 693), there’s more good news for Tennessee walking horses. The Nashville, TN Metro Council has approved a resolution supporting passage . . . 

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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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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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