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In 2022, we moved even closer to a fur-free future

In 2022, we moved even closer to a fur-free future

One of my fondest memories from this year was celebrating the monumental progress we made toward ending the fur trade at our To the Rescue! gala in New York. The event showcased the next generation of sustainable, animal-friendly materials—like leather made from mushrooms and fur . . . 

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Building a brighter future for Bolivia’s dogs and cats

Building a brighter future for Bolivia’s dogs and cats

Dr. Katherine Polak, the vice president of Companion Animals and Engagement for Humane Society International, recently returned from HSI’s dedicated veterinary training center in La Paz, Bolivia, the only such center in the country. In this guest blog, Dr. Polak gives us an inside look . . . 

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Leopards, sharks and glass frogs win new protections, while hippos face tragic losses

Leopards, sharks and glass frogs win new protections, while hippos face tragic losses

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about our work at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora—known as CITES. This conference is so important because it shapes how wild animals in . . . 

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Breaking: 18 dogs saved as Viet Nam slaughterhouse shuts down

Breaking: 18 dogs saved as Viet Nam slaughterhouse shuts down

Something extraordinary happened just outside a dog slaughterhouse and dog meat restaurant in Viet Nam where thousands of dogs and cats had been killed over the past five years: The owner of the facility approached the sign that advertised dog meat and started to tear . . . 

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At CITES in Panama, we’re pushing for greater wildlife protection worldwide

At CITES in Panama, we’re pushing for greater wildlife protection worldwide

What kind of world would this be if there were no regulation of the international trade in wildlife and wildlife parts? In a world in which commercial interests alone determined the fate of tigers, elephants and hundreds of other species threatened by trade, would these . . . 

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Breaking: 34 dogs saved from South Korea’s dog meat industry arrive in US to seek homes

Breaking: 34 dogs saved from South Korea’s dog meat industry arrive in US to seek homes

The fortunate 34 dogs who arrived in the United States earlier this month have come quite a long way since our animal rescue responders first encountered them as victims of the dog meat industry in South Korea. Back in July, I told you about 21 . . . 

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Inside a unique program that prevents cruelty to elephants in South Africa

Inside a unique program that prevents cruelty to elephants in South Africa

As human development and activity increasingly encroach on wild habitats, one of the most challenging parts of protecting wild animals from suffering is figuring out solutions for coexistence. In this shrinking wild world, elephants have a particularly hard time—in part because their ranges are so . . . 

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Progress: Climate change conference to address food and agriculture systems for the first time

Progress: Climate change conference to address food and agriculture systems for the first time

For the first time ever, the world’s largest climate conference will address food systems and their impact on the climate crisis. As an organization focused on reducing animal suffering, last year, we urged world leaders to take meaningful action on the animal agriculture sector, and . . . 

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Here’s why the global ban on whaling is as essential as ever

Here’s why the global ban on whaling is as essential as ever

More than forty years since the global moratorium on commercial whaling was adopted, it is justly regarded as one of the most important conservation and animal protection measures of all time. By most estimates it’s saved hundreds of thousands of whales from the harpoon and . . . 

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Nearly 300,000 Britons call on UK government to end fur and foie gras imports

Nearly 300,000 Britons call on UK government to end fur and foie gras imports

The people have spoken: On September 29, Humane Society International/UK and coalition partners presented the UK government with a petition that included almost 300,000 signatures in support of a nationwide fur and foie gras import ban. The handover of the petition coincided with indications that . . . 

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Following our investigation, pressure builds to ban fur farming in Romania

Following our investigation, pressure builds to ban fur farming in Romania

We’re pressing Romania to ban fur farming on the strength of hard-hitting evidence just released from our undercover investigation of chinchilla breeding operations in that Eastern European nation. Humane Society International/Europe’s film footage and documentation paint a desperate picture of animals housed in bleak and . . . 

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How street dogs in Vadodara received the help they needed

How street dogs in Vadodara received the help they needed

On a bustling street in the city of Vadodara, India, a young local resident is pointing out dogs wandering among the traffic. She is with three animal care officers from Humane Society International/India, who are playing with the dogs, feeding them some treats and then . . . 

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