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Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

The Dutch parliament has voted to permanently shut down an estimated 128 mink fur farms in the wake of coronavirus outbreaks on 17 of these farms since April. If approved by the Dutch government, the decision would bring a welcome end to the cruel business . . . 

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Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

A tragic story from Canada underscores the vast, global scale of the puppy mill problem, and how important it is that we root it out wherever it exists. On June 13th, a Ukraine International Airlines flight carrying approximately 500 puppies, including at least 200 French . . . 

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Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

For years, Scotland has allowed fish farmers and other fisheries to shoot seals in order to keep them from eating their fish —a brutal practice that has resulted in so much unnecessary suffering and death among these charismatic marine mammals. Last week, in a long-awaited . . . 

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Yulin dog meat festival to begin this weekend, defying Chinese declaration that dogs are pets not food

Yulin dog meat festival to begin this weekend, defying Chinese declaration that dogs are pets not food

Once again, we are seeing heartbreaking visuals from Yulin, China, in the run-up to the annual dog meat “festival” there this Sunday. A video recorded by Humane Society International’s partners on the ground shows rows and rows of dog carcasses lying on tables or being . . . 

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Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

Update (6/12/2020): Dutch authorities have confirmed they have killed 575,000 mink, including 480,000 pups, during the cull on 13 fur factory farms. The killing will conclude tomorrow. The Netherlands is expected to kill more than 350,000 mink by gassing, in a massive cull following an . . . 

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Trump Jr.’s argali trophy hunt in Mongolia cost American taxpayers $77,000

Trump Jr.’s argali trophy hunt in Mongolia cost American taxpayers $77,000

We’ve just learned that Donald Trump Jr.’s trophy hunting trip to Mongolia, where he hunted an argali sheep—an animal listed as “threatened” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act—cost American taxpayers a whopping $77,000. The revelation comes from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics . . . 

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Unless we act fast, our oceans could lose some of their most precious inhabitants

Unless we act fast, our oceans could lose some of their most precious inhabitants

It’s hard to imagine our oceans without the beautiful and diverse creatures who inhabit them. Sharks, whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles and thousands of other marine animals who call the waters their home are not simply representative of the wonders of the natural world, they . . . 

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China continues reforms in wake of coronavirus crisis: confirms dogs are pets not meat; Wuhan, Beijing ban eating wildlife

China continues reforms in wake of coronavirus crisis: confirms dogs are pets not meat; Wuhan, Beijing ban eating wildlife

In recent months, China has made rapid progress toward quashing its infamous wildlife and dog meat trades. Last week, we got more good news on this front: China officially confirmed that dogs are pets and are not livestock for eating; and Wuhan, where the novel . . . 

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As slaughterhouses continue to spread coronavirus, plant-based foods are a safe, humane alternative

As slaughterhouses continue to spread coronavirus, plant-based foods are a safe, humane alternative

This week, the Washington Post and New York Times reported rampant coronavirus spread at meatpacking plants, and efforts by large meat producers to obscure the transmission rates. “As dozens of plants that closed because of outbreaks begin reopening, meat companies’ reluctance to disclose detailed case . . . 

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Breaking news: Chinese provinces announce plans to buy out wildlife breeders, end trade in wild animals for food

Breaking news: Chinese provinces announce plans to buy out wildlife breeders, end trade in wild animals for food

Four Chinese provinces will offer farmers a government buy-out or other financial help to stop breeding wild animals like civets and cobras for food. This move is part of a continuing crackdown by China and its individual provinces and cities on the nation’s rampant wildlife . . . 

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Roadside zoos lure in visitors amidst the pandemic, at great risk to animals and people

Roadside zoos lure in visitors amidst the pandemic, at great risk to animals and people

Last week, the Oklahoma roadside zoo where Joe Exotic bred tiger cubs, ripped them from their mothers as soon as they were born, hit them so they would pose with visitors for photos, and disposed of many of them when they were no longer of . . . 

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BREAKING: HSUS, HSLF, HSI release policy plan on wildlife markets, factory farms, companion animals and more to avoid another global health crisis

BREAKING: HSUS, HSLF, HSI release policy plan on wildlife markets, factory farms, companion animals and more to avoid another global health crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the world to acknowledge the pressing need to change our relationship with animals. From the wildlife markets implicated in the origin of the novel coronavirus to the slaughterhouses that have become clusters for its spread, we now know only too . . . 

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