Humane Society International

Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

The year 2018 was a historic one for farm animals, with California passing the strongest law against farm animal confinement in the world. We successfully campaigned to protect chickens in the meat industry—moving major US companies to adopt comprehensive welfare reforms and spotlighting those lagging . . . 

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South Korea closes largest dog slaughterhouse

South Korea closes largest dog slaughterhouse

Last week, South Korean authorities made history by closing down Taepyeong, the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse had been the main facility used for the notorious Moran dog meat market for generations, and thousands of dogs were killed there brutally by electrocution each year. . . . 

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New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

One of the biggest obstacles Humane Society International faces is the frequent lack of comprehensive animal welfare laws within some of the countries in which we work. While we don’t let this stop us from pushing forward with the means and tools available to us, . . . 

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China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China has sent out conflicting messages over the past few weeks over its decision to lift a 1993 ban on the sale of tiger bones and rhino horns for medicinal use. Last month, its government formally rescinded the ban, and then earlier this week, a . . . 

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Ricky Gervais receives HSI’s first Cecil Award

Ricky Gervais receives HSI’s first Cecil Award

Three years ago, the American public roared in outrage upon learning of the killing of a beloved lion, Cecil, by an American trophy hunter. As terrible as that killing was, it was also a watershed moment for animal welfare – one that created a global . . . 

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Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Last month, Americans reacted with horror and outrage when an Idaho game commission official, Blake Fischer, circulated a photo that showed him smiling next to a family of baboons, including youngsters, he had killed on a hunting trip in Namibia. To most of us, it . . . 

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Canada should do the right thing by right whales

Canada should do the right thing by right whales

North Atlantic right whales are among the most critically endangered animals on the planet today. There are fewer than 440 left on earth, and their mortality rates are high: at least 20 individual right whales died in U.S. and Canadian waters during 2017 and 2018 . . . 

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HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

Each year, American trophy hunters import a staggering 126,000 hunting trophies into the United States. This includes elephants and lions – animals whose numbers in the wild are in decline. That’s right. These animals, listed as threatened with extinction under federal law, are killed, taxidermied . . . 

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Mexico City moves to ban bullfighting

Mexico City moves to ban bullfighting

Bullfighting, even when it masquerades as celebration or tradition, is nothing more that the most egregious cruelty to animals. Frightened bulls are forced into an arena with screaming people, pitted against matadors wielding spears, and then stabbed multiple times before they die a slow, agonizing . . . 

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Americans furious as Idaho game commission official boasts about killing 14 animals on Africa trip

Americans furious as Idaho game commission official boasts about killing 14 animals on Africa trip

Update: This evening, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced that he had asked for — and accepted — the resignation of Blake Fischer. “I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” Gov. Otter said in a press release. “Every member of my . . . 

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Breaking news: Unilever, maker of Dove and Degree products, supports global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Breaking news: Unilever, maker of Dove and Degree products, supports global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

In a pathbreaking announcement that signals a certain end to the cruel practice of testing cosmetics on animals, the industry giant Unilever – maker of such popular brands as Dove, Degree and TRESemmé — today announced it will support a global ban on such testing, . . . 

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Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

During her recent trip to Africa, first lady Melania Trump made more than a few headlines while spending time in the company of wild animals. She fed a baby elephant at an elephant orphanage and went on a safari in Kenya, snapping photographs of zebras, . . . 

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