Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

So many of us were saddened this week to learn about the death of Beulah the elephant, who spent most of her 54 years in captivity and chains, working for a Connecticut-based traveling petting zoo. Beulah was just six years old when she was sold . . . 

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Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

In a troubling lapse of moral accountability, a Wyoming state board will allow a man who killed a female wolf in the Grand Teton National Park and then dragged her body out of the park in violation of federal law to continue operating as a . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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Breaking news: California lawmakers ban fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

Breaking news: California lawmakers ban fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Update: The bill to ban fur sales has also passed the concurrence committee and will now head to the governor’s desk for his signature. In two historic votes for animals, California lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban fur sales . . . 

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Breaking news: EPA moves to end animal testing

Breaking news: EPA moves to end animal testing

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a landmark announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to end all animal testing on dogs, mice, rabbits and other mammals for chemicals and pesticides in coming years. Instead, the agency will focus on investing in . . . 

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As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

An undercover investigation from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International has ​unearthed a thriving market for elephant ivory products in Massachusetts, as lawmakers there consider a bill that would ban the ivory trade within the state. Our investigators visited the . . . 

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U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson An American trophy hunter who killed a black rhino in Namibia will receive the Trump administration’s consent to bring his spoils home. This is the third time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a permit to import . . . 

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Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

Arizona today banned all wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants vie for cash and prizes for killing the most or heaviest animals within a specific . . . 

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Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

The world’s largest wildlife trade conference has just wrapped up in Geneva and as our own Humane Society International team returns home, we are celebrating big wins for 135 wild animal species, including the giraffe, African elephant and southern white rhino. Delegates at the Conference . . . 

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U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Right whales are critically endangered, with no more than 400 individuals surviving along the U.S. and Canadian coast. But we have an opportunity right now to help save this species. The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering a rule . . . 

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Washington Post reveals White House may have meddled to stop USDA inspectors from helping suffering animals

Washington Post reveals White House may have meddled to stop USDA inspectors from helping suffering animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There are new and explosive revelations about the lengths the Trump administration may be going to in order to prevent U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors from documenting and reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection . . . 

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Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

In June, Humane Society of the United States responders were called in to assist with the rescue of more than 150 horses, mini-horses, mules and donkeys on a property in Camp County, Texas. Among the animals were nine mustangs, who had been removed from the . . . 

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