Humane Society International
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Over 600 cats saved from slaughter in China
With so much global attention focused on the dog meat trade in a handful of Asian countries, it’s important not to overlook the fact that there is a regional cat meat trade as well. The best one could say is that it’s smaller than the . . .
Breaking news: Brazil will no longer require one-year pesticide test on dogs; reforms will save animal lives in the country and in the U.S.
Brazil this week announced sweeping changes to its requirements for animal testing of agricultural pesticides, including eliminating the requirement for a controversial one-year toxicity test conducted on dogs. The move will potentially spare the lives of tens of thousands of animals used each year for . . .
Brutal attack on tiger in India is a reminder of the problems big cats face in the modern world
It’s a difficult video to watch: a mob of men armed with sticks and spears repeatedly strike a tiger lying on the grass with shouts of “kill, kill.” They beat the animal so badly, according to media reports, that she died of shock hours later . . .
This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning
By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There was a time when sharks were routinely portrayed by popular media as aggressive and ruthless predators — animals to be afraid of and to avoid, or even worse, to kill. But today, with growing awareness and increasingly positive . . .
Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward
Romania, which halted trophy hunting of its native carnivores in 2016, this week said it will allow the killing of 140 bears. The hunting quota was announced in response to reports of bear-human conflicts, with videos shared on social media showing people getting very close . . .
HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.
Despite growing awareness about the havoc wreaked upon elephants by ivory poachers, our country – and our nation’s capital – are among the world’s biggest markets for ivory. Today, we’re releasing our latest investigation that has uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ivory . . .
Charging ahead with reforms for chickens
Only a few years ago, it may have appeared unfathomable for McDonald’s to make a commitment to use 100% cage-free eggs in its restaurants, or for poultry giant Perdue to announce game-changing reforms for chickens raised for meat. One might have never imagined entire states, . . .