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Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Europe’s highest court has ruled that wolves in the European Union cannot be hunted, except in the rarest cases where member countries can prove there is no other option to end human-wolf conflict. The European Court of Justice ruling followed a challenge to a decision . . . 

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Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Today, the New York Times reported on Airbnb’s new featured offering of “animal experiences,” which will have an ethical focus and will ban any direct contact with wild animals. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision by TripAdvisor, reported just yesterday, to stop . . . 

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HSI closing down 15th dog meat farm in Korea; 90 dogs saved from slaughter

HSI closing down 15th dog meat farm in Korea; 90 dogs saved from slaughter

Our Humane Society International team is in South Korea, closing down yet another dog meat farm and preparing to transport more than 90 dogs to the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Staff members on the ground describe this farm as smaller in size . . . 

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HSUS and HSI rescue teams continue work to help animals in disaster zones; 120 dogs and cats transported from Texas after Imelda flooding

HSUS and HSI rescue teams continue work to help animals in disaster zones; 120 dogs and cats transported from Texas after Imelda flooding

During the past few weeks, as several hurricanes buffeted the southeastern United States and the Bahamas, our team has been working round the clock, bringing much-needed help and relief to animals. After Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas, claiming dozens of human lives and placing . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

An undercover investigation from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International has ​unearthed a thriving market for elephant ivory products in Massachusetts, as lawmakers there consider a bill that would ban the ivory trade within the state. Our investigators visited the . . . 

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U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson An American trophy hunter who killed a black rhino in Namibia will receive the Trump administration’s consent to bring his spoils home. This is the third time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a permit to import . . . 

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Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

The world’s largest wildlife trade conference has just wrapped up in Geneva and as our own Humane Society International team returns home, we are celebrating big wins for 135 wild animal species, including the giraffe, African elephant and southern white rhino. Delegates at the Conference . . . 

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U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Right whales are critically endangered, with no more than 400 individuals surviving along the U.S. and Canadian coast. But we have an opportunity right now to help save this species. The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering a rule . . . 

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In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

Delegates at the world’s largest conference on endangered species have voted to end the cruel capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos worldwide, giving these beleaguered animals, already under attack from trophy hunters and poachers, a historic win. While this vote will need . . . 

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Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

The Lion King is breaking box office records worldwide, with $1.335 billion in cumulative global box office receipts, including $472.8 million in the United States, as of last weekend. More importantly, it’s delighting audiences everywhere, which is hardly surprising, given the deep appeal that animals . . . 

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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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