Investigations

Breaking News: State Revokes Permit for Notorious Roadside Zoo

Breaking News: State Revokes Permit for Notorious Roadside Zoo

I’m writing with encouraging news about the Natural Bridge Zoo, the ramshackle roadside menagerie where our undercover investigation earlier this year exposed the disturbing mistreatment of tiger cubs, monkeys, giraffes, and other wild animals. Yesterday, following a legal complaint filed by The HSUS, the Virginia . . . 

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HSUS Undercover Investigations at Roadside Zoos in Virginia, Oklahoma Reveal Severe Abuse

By on January 22, 2015 in Investigations, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS Undercover Investigations at Roadside Zoos in Virginia, Oklahoma Reveal Severe Abuse

Today, The HSUS released results of its investigations into two shoddy roadside zoos – the Natural Bridge Zoo in Natural Bridge, Virginia, and Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma, both of which breed tigers for two-bit photo shoots with paying customers. The cruelty, neglect, and suffering . . . 

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New HSUS Exposé Reveals Deplorable Slaughter of ‘Spent’ Egg-Laying Hens

By on January 5, 2015 in Farm Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New HSUS Exposé Reveals Deplorable Slaughter of ‘Spent’ Egg-Laying Hens

California’s Prop 2 took effect on New Year’s Day, and we’ve been urging major food retailers to honor the letter and spirit of the law by not buying or selling any animal products that come from caged farm animals, with a particular focus on laying . . . 

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Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn’t stopped so many pet stores we’ve investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells. This year we sent . . . 

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Federal Court Leaves Puppy Millers Out in the Cold

By on November 10, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Court Leaves Puppy Millers Out in the Cold

On Friday, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by 42 plaintiffs, including dozens of dog-breeding clubs, that aimed to neuter a U. S. Department of Agriculture rule to crack down on Internet sellers of puppy mill dogs who don’t meet basic care standards. . . . 

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Kohl’s Caught Selling Real Fur as ‘Faux’ – Again

By on September 23, 2014 in Investigations with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Kohl’s Caught Selling Real Fur as ‘Faux’ – Again

Raccoon dog fur is often falsely advertised or mislabeled as faux. Photo: Alamy Once again, The HSUS has identified a major American retailer saying one thing and doing another. Kohl’s department store has been telling customers it has its act together when it comes to . . . 

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Undercover Investigation Reveals Primate Injuries, Death at Texas Biomed

By on September 22, 2014 in Animal Research and Testing, Investigations with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Undercover Investigation Reveals Primate Injuries, Death at Texas Biomed

Today, I announce news of an HSUS investigation into a primate research facility. The investigation occurred last year, and at that time we provided findings to federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken action and cited the lab for violations of the Animal Welfare Act . . . 

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Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

By on August 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations, Opposition with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

We are in a pitched battle against factory farming – a battle to transform agriculture and the way consumers think about and consume food. Animal agriculture has become thoroughly industrialized, with animals forced to live in windowless, overcrowded, stinking, ammonia-laden buildings. Photo: The HSUS Our . . . 

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Digging Up Dirt – to Expose Cruelty, and to Help Tortoises

Digging Up Dirt – to Expose Cruelty, and to Help Tortoises

Last week in Florida, we hosted a remarkable HSUS Animal Care Expo – a signature event held principally for animal care professionals throughout the nation. Nicole Paquette, Vice President of Wildlife Protection for The HSUS, holds a gopher tortoise rescued at a construction site in . . . 

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Puppy Mills and 101 Damnations

By on May 5, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Puppy Mills and 101 Damnations

There are 101 horrific puppy mill stories highlighted in our annual report, “101 Puppy Mills,” that we release today for the start of The HSUS’ eighth annual Puppy Mill Action Week—where we spotlight harsh truths about puppy mills and the abuses of dogs occurring on a widespread scale within the pet industry.

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Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

This week, we got one step closer by making dogfighting an explicit crime in Costa Rica. The new legislation, sent to the president for her signature, prohibits the reproduction of material related to dogfighting training and the import, creation, purchase, and sale of dogfighting training equipment. Lawmakers at the national level voted unanimously to create a much stronger battery of laws criminalizing dogfighting

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Cannibalism and the (Non-)Walking Dead

By on February 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cannibalism and the (Non-)Walking Dead

The HSUS’ latest undercover investigation, announced last night on nytimes.com by columnist Nicholas Kristof, revealed more than breeding sows in small crates, their bodies pock-marked by pressure sores and abrasions. This is our latest expose of the largely hidden horrors of the industrial pig industry – this one, at the aptly named Iron . . . 

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