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Farm Bill becomes law minus King amendment, capping a year of extraordinary gains for animals

Farm Bill becomes law minus King amendment, capping a year of extraordinary gains for animals

Today, in a crucial victory for animals, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill minus the anti-animal King amendment but with three pro-animal measures. This is an outcome the Humane Society Legislative Fund had long worked for, along with our Humane Society of the . . . 

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Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

The World Trade Organization delivered a decisive victory today to protect dolphins in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. All tuna sold in the United States with the dolphin-safe label must be caught using methods designed to protect dolphins from harm. Fishing . . . 

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Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

The U.S. House has just passed the Farm Bill, and we’re celebrating great wins for animals. Most importantly, the bill does not contain the reckless King amendment, which could have nullified state and local laws that address, among other issues, prohibiting horse slaughter for food, . . . 

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HSI rescuers battle natural and man-made disasters to help animals around the world

HSI rescuers battle natural and man-made disasters to help animals around the world

Every day, Humane Society International battles incredible odds to help and rescue animals in difficult and perilous situations, in countries scattered around the globe. The organization’s expertise and dedication is in evidence many times each year, whether they are responding within hours to a flood . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

Giraffes are in desperate need of protection. There are fewer giraffes than elephants now in the wild, and if we are to protect these gentle and beautiful animals from going extinct, we need to act fast to keep them out of the sights of trophy . . . 

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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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