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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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New UK law takes landmark step, recognizing that animals have feelings

New UK law takes landmark step, recognizing that animals have feelings

While many of our Humane Society International colleagues are responding to the crisis in Ukraine, they continue to advance the vital priority campaigns that are the main focus of their work. In the United Kingdom, that includes the recent passage of “sentience” legislation that requires . . . 

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One month into war, our animal relief effort expands

One month into war, our animal relief effort expands

Each and every day in war-torn Ukraine, we see a poignant truth that we have seen at other times in other places. In their most desperate moments, at the risk of their own lives and without hesitation, those who love and care about animals will . . . 

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Animal welfare crisis grows more critical in Ukraine as war rages on

Animal welfare crisis grows more critical in Ukraine as war rages on

As Russia continues its deadly assault on Ukraine, humanitarians and animal advocates from around the world are banding together to provide urgent relief to those imperiled by the fighting, and to help people fleeing the war zone with their beloved pets. Indeed, the situation inside . . . 

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Here’s how we’re taking action for Ukraine and its animals—and how you can help

Here’s how we’re taking action for Ukraine and its animals—and how you can help

With the weight of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine heavy in our hearts, we are thinking of the Ukrainian people and their animals and identifying ways to help them now and over the longer term. How could we do otherwise with a torrent of images and . . . 

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