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Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

The year 2020 has seen phenomenal progress in our work to end the use of fur. Nations moved to announce an end to fur production and/or sales, citing the “immoral” nature of this trade that results in the suffering and death of millions of animals . . . 

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In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

Each December, we round up some of the year’s most notable successes in carrying on the fight for animal protection. For the next several weeks, alongside breaking news about animals and our efforts to protect them, I will bring you our top animal protection victories . . . 

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U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

In the midst of a booming coronavirus surge across the United States, a related crisis is brewing on the nation’s mink fur farms where outbreaks have failed to be treated with the same level of concern and seriousness we have seen from other countries. A . . . 

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World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

The United States is one of the world’s largest destinations for illegal wildlife products. Each year, traffickers smuggle in millions of dollars’ worth of items from poached animals, including shark fins, pangolin scales, ivory trinkets, animal trophies, and live animals like monkeys, parrots and snakes . . . 

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Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

One of the most miraculous things about animals is their extraordinary ability to heal and love. It is something we witness time and again in our work, especially with the dogs we rescue from South Korean dog meat farms. Last month, I told you about . . . 

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Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Reports from Denmark this week are making it clearer than ever that mink fur farming is a public health minefield and an animal welfare nightmare. The European nation announced that it would slaughter all 15 million mink on its 1,000 fur farms following concerns that . . . 

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The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

Update 3/25/22: Earlier this week, the Court denied Safari Club International’s motion to dismiss our case. Now that trophy hunters’ attempt to derail our lawsuit has been shut down, the judge will allow us to proceed to the merits. The number of leopards in sub-Saharan . . . 

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170 dog meat trade survivors touch down in the United States; new poll shows a growing majority of South Koreans reject dog meat

170 dog meat trade survivors touch down in the United States; new poll shows a growing majority of South Koreans reject dog meat

It’s a long way from dog meat farmer Il-Hwan Kim’s operation in South Korea to Washington, DC. Yet that’s the amazing journey being taken by 170 dogs rescued by Humane Society International’s Animal Rescue Team. Together with more than two dozen other dogs from previous . . . 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, do your job and protect giraffes, or we’ll see you in court

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, do your job and protect giraffes, or we’ll see you in court

It’s been more than three years since we filed a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act from trophy hunting and other imminent threats to their survival. During this time, the agency has responded once . . . 

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Facebook bans fake accounts funded by trophy hunting groups

Facebook bans fake accounts funded by trophy hunting groups

Facebook’s recent takedown of dozens of troll accounts linked to a single marketing firm sheds new light on the intensely deceptive tactics used by trophy hunting groups to sell the public and politicians a bill of goods. Last week, the social media network announced it . . . 

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Breaking news: Israel prepares to ban the fur trade; first country to do so

Breaking news: Israel prepares to ban the fur trade; first country to do so

Israel yesterday announced it intends to ban the fur trade. If successful, it would be the first nation to end the buying and selling of a cruel commodity that has fallen out of favor in the fashion industry and with consumers. Israel’s ban would make . . . 

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