Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Right now in Washington, D.C., a single urgent plot line threads together the fate of many animals: wild species threatened by trophy hunting or the commercial wildlife trade, the North Atlantic right whale, the nation’s wild horses, the former research chimpanzees waiting for sanctuary, the . . . 

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Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

This time of year is a special moment in the lives of black bears. After consuming about 20,000 calories and gaining three to five pounds every day during the late summer and early fall, black bears head to their winter dens. Because bears hibernate in . . . 

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Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

There are few among us who have not been saddened by the demoralizing sight of animals along our roads who have died in vehicle collisions. For anyone who has had this experience or had the heartbreaking misfortune to be involved in such an accident, there’s . . . 

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Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

African leopards are magnificently powerful animals who can take down prey animals ten times their size. But despite their strength, leopards are no match for trophy hunters, who go to great lengths to lure the animals to their deaths and bring back their body parts . . . 

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Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

Our campaign to stop puppy mill cruelty just reached an important milestone with the passage of the 400th local ordinance prohibiting the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. And this is something to celebrate, as it shows so many people coming together to . . . 

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Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

The facts are clear: More than 88 billion land animals are bred, raised and slaughtered for food every year. The animal agriculture industry is responsible for at least 14.5% to 16.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions globally, on par with emissions from all the planes, . . . 

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American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

Giraffes, with their iconic long necks and unmistakable, beautifully patterned coats, are facing extinction. There are currently fewer than 69,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild today. And the threats of habitat loss and illegal hunting for bushmeat are only exacerbated by demand for giraffe . . . 

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US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

In the spring, wolf dens are usually full of young pups being raised by their parents and helper wolves, but when one den in Idaho was discovered vacant earlier this year, biologists worked on uncovering the reason. Today, the Washington Post reported that eight wolf . . . 

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Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

North American bird populations have declined by three billion birds since 1970, which is just one of the reasons why the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been such an important source of protection for birds for decades. So, it felt like a terrible threat when . . . 

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Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane. For anyone who followed the story of Cecil . . . 

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The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

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The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

While 2020 was no ordinary year, each and every one of us associated with the Humane Society family of organizations did our best to make it an extraordinary one for animals. Here in the U.S., our colleagues at the Humane Society Legislative Fund finished strong . . . 

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Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered . . . 

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