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Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, a momentous achievement that turned the course for long persecuted cetacean species. Slow to reproduce, whales were nearly wiped out altogether in the 20th century, with an estimated three million killed for . . . 

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Rescuers arrive for 21 dogs left behind at dog meat farm in South Korea

Rescuers arrive for 21 dogs left behind at dog meat farm in South Korea

Recently, I told you about promising developments in the fight against dog meat in China, where law enforcement, government and animal advocates worked together to shut down an illegal slaughterhouse and rescue the 126 dogs found alive inside. Now I want to take you to . . . 

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One brave chimp’s story shows the many threats facing the species today

One brave chimp’s story shows the many threats facing the species today

Every animal has a story, and for World Chimpanzee Day, I want to tell you David’s. David is a chimp who now lives at Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge, our sanctuary in Liberia. Fiercely loyal to his friends (fellow chimpanzees Rose, Jiminy Cricket and Tipsy), David . . . 

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Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

I know there’s been a lot of discussion on this blog recently about dog meat. As with any battle for a more humane future, the campaigning and advocacy work to end the dog meat trade requires persistence and strength of heart, which can require years . . . 

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Victory! World’s largest bullfighting arena no longer holds bullfights

Victory! World’s largest bullfighting arena no longer holds bullfights

The Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City—the world’s largest bullfighting arena—is no longer a venue for bullfights. The bullring closed its doors indefinitely last month, after a judge issued a suspension on bullfighting shows in the Mexican capital. This is the first time in . . . 

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Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting infamous Yulin ‘festival’

Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting infamous Yulin ‘festival’

Earlier this month we told you about Lucky, a dog saved moments before slaughter in Yulin, as the city began preparing for its infamous lychee and dog meat “festival” later in June. Since Lucky’s rescue, local activists have been vigilant in their determination to end . . . 

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As India swelters under intense heat waves, we’re helping communities care for their dogs

As India swelters under intense heat waves, we’re helping communities care for their dogs

For the past several months, a deadly heat wave has been sweeping Northern India, affecting hundreds of millions of people and sending temperatures soaring to record heights. In some areas, the heat has gotten as severe as 49.2 C / 120.5 F. And because the . . . 

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Photographer shows survivors of dog meat farms in inspiring new light

Photographer shows survivors of dog meat farms in inspiring new light

Not so long ago, for a golden retriever now known as Chewbacca (nicknamed Chewy), the whole world was the small, dirty space inside the four wire sides of his pen. The first five years of Chewy’s life were spent on a dog meat farm in . . . 

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Lucky was the last dog scheduled for slaughter. Then something incredible happened.

Lucky was the last dog scheduled for slaughter. Then something incredible happened.

Before Lucky was known as Lucky, he was a nameless dog chained outside a shop in Yulin, China, with a sign in front of him advertising dog meat. He couldn’t have known that death was mere moments away, nor anticipate how his fate might change. . . . 

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England’s action to ban glue traps is a stirring victory for animal protection

England’s action to ban glue traps is a stirring victory for animal protection

With the recent passage of a bill that gained unanimous support in the House of Lords, England has joined a handful of countries and a host of companies and institutions around the world that have banned glue traps. For mice and rats, the traps’ primary . . . 

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A beloved cat reuniting with his family and other small victories give us hope as war in Ukraine rages on

A beloved cat reuniting with his family and other small victories give us hope as war in Ukraine rages on

When Russia invaded her country in late February, Larysa Frisby of Ukraine fortunately was far from the war zone visiting family in the United States. Unfortunately, her cat Persik was back home in Odesa. Frisby managed to find help to evacuate the cat as far . . . 

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In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

Today I’m turning the blog over to my colleague Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. For nearly two decades, Rebecca has been on the literal front lines of the fight to save animals, traveling to the ice floes of the Northwest Atlantic to . . . 

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