Investigations

Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

By on November 17, 2022 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 6 Comments
Emaciated puppies, a dead kitten and other horrific violations uncovered at Petland stores

As the holiday season approaches, now is an important time to remind your friends and family not to support pet stores that sell puppies and kittens. Not only can this spare them a lot of heartache, but it can also help change a system that . . . 

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More than 1,000 coyotes have been slaughtered in Oregon’s ‘killing contests’ over the past 4 years

More than 1,000 coyotes have been slaughtered in Oregon’s ‘killing contests’ over the past 4 years

Earlier this week, we led a coalition of organizations in submitting a petition to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission proposing a ban on killing contests in the state. Wildlife killing contests are grisly events where participants compete to kill as many animals as possible . . . 

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Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the 82 beagles languishing at Inotiv’s Mount Vernon, Indiana, laboratory that was the site of our recent undercover investigation. A Humane Society of the United States investigator found 80 beagle puppies being force-fed potentially toxic . . . 

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Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

When Humane Society of the United States investigators go out to take a close look at facilities that keep captive birds—roadside zoos, animal markets and others—they almost always return with the same dispiriting reports of dismal treatment and living conditions. Owls and hawks tightly chained . . . 

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An inside look at what it takes to go undercover for the animals

By on February 15, 2022 in Investigations with 32 Comments
An inside look at what it takes to go undercover for the animals

Imagine having to work in a roadside zoo, a pet store selling puppy mill puppies, a slaughter plant or a factory farm without ever being able to show your true feelings. Would you ever be able to walk alone among hundreds of dead animals at . . . 

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Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

Today, we released the grisly findings of three undercover investigations into wildlife killing contests in Virginia, including the largest contest held east of the Mississippi River. The heartbreaking callousness and carnage our investigators saw at the weigh-ins of the three contests, which took place over . . . 

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Breaking: Undercover investigation exposes puppies suffering in NYC pet store

By on December 8, 2021 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 18 Comments
Breaking: Undercover investigation exposes puppies suffering in NYC pet store

Since our undercover footage is now in the hands of New York City authorities, we can reveal what our investigations team discovered over the course of six weeks at a pet store called American Kennels on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Between October and . . . 

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New undercover investigation shows the cruelty of ‘certified’ fur farms

New undercover investigation shows the cruelty of ‘certified’ fur farms

The fur industry is swiftly running out of ways to justify continuing the mass raising and killing of animals like foxes, mink and raccoon dogs for fashion. A new undercover investigation reveals what’s really going on at three fur farms in Finland, two of which . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

American trophy hunters target hundreds of thousands of animals in the U.S. and abroad every year just to display the gruesome keepsakes of their kills. Now, a new undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International reveals where so . . . 

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Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Last week, Israel became the first country in the world to ban the sale of new fur products used for fashion. We want to share why this is meaningful progress for animals and for advocates around the globe fighting for a fur-free future. A strong . . . 

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Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

A beautiful story came out over the weekend in the Washington Post about an 11-year-old beagle named Hammy. Adopted in 2013 after living in a research laboratory for his first four years of life, Hammy became the beloved pup of journalist Melanie D.G. Kaplan. As . . . 

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Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

What dog lovers don’t know about where their beloved puppies come from can hurt them. When puppies are born to emaciated, sick or injured dogs in cramped and dirty wire cages, the physical and mental toll can extend throughout their lives, impacting their behavior and . . . 

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