Wildlife/Marine Mammals

In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

Wyoming’s crusade to declare open season on grizzly bears hit an unprecedented low this week when Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a statute that gives state officials the authority to open a trophy hunting season on grizzly bears and relocate bears to other states . . . 

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Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

The other day, the Washington Post’s Pam Constable published a story about a wealthy American hunter who paid $110,000 for the right to kill a rare and magnificent mountain goat in Pakistan. There are just several thousand markhors alive, so it’s hard to see how . . . 

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Zimbabwe rips 35 baby elephants from their mothers for export to Chinese zoos

Zimbabwe rips 35 baby elephants from their mothers for export to Chinese zoos

It is the worst kind of wildlife abuse, and it is happening right now – again – in Zimbabwe, where 35 baby elephants have been torn away from their mothers in the wild and are awaiting export to zoos in China. According to The Times . . . 

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At South Florida Wildlife Center, staff rehabilitate pelicans, other wildlife hurt and orphaned by human actions

At South Florida Wildlife Center, staff rehabilitate pelicans, other wildlife hurt and orphaned by human actions

I was at the South Florida Wildlife Center yesterday when workers there released six pelicans back into the wild. The birds, who can be found wintering in South Florida this time of year, had all been brought in last month with injuries that need never . . . 

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Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Weather-related disasters such as floods and wildfires are occurring more frequently and with increasing intensity across the United States. While there is a federal law that requires state and local authorities to consider household pets and service animals in . . . 

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The state of the animal union under the Trump administration

The state of the animal union under the Trump administration

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his State of the Union address today, it’s a good time to take stock of how his administration has dealt with animal protection issues of interest to us at the Humane Society . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes grisly cruelty at Oregon wildlife killing contest; lawmakers move to ban such events in the state

Undercover investigation exposes grisly cruelty at Oregon wildlife killing contest; lawmakers move to ban such events in the state

Wildlife killing contests are gruesome events, where participants compete to kill as many animals as they can for cash or prizes, usually over an entire weekend or sometimes over months. In the crosshairs are coyotes, bobcats, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and even mountain lions, among other . . . 

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Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end slaughter of American equines

Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end slaughter of American equines

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The last horse slaughter plants in the United States closed years ago, and Congress has consistently voted to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections within U.S borders. Unfortunately, this does not prevent the inhumane transport of American equines to . . . 

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A new appointment and an unwavering commitment to all animals

A new appointment and an unwavering commitment to all animals

It was almost a year ago that I accepted the role of acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. At that time, I promised you that we, along with our affiliates, would pursue our work with dedication, purpose and compassion . . . 

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Stand inside a dog meat farm or watch a chimpanzee run up to you in our virtual reality videos

Stand inside a dog meat farm or watch a chimpanzee run up to you in our virtual reality videos

Every day, our video team is on the ground, documenting our work for animals. Whether it’s the bleak despair of a dog meat farm in South Korea, the rescue of animals from a puppy mill stateside, undercover investigations that expose animal abuse, or the beauty . . . 

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Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

A man who, along with his teenage son, mercilessly slaughtered a hibernating mother bear and her two newborn cubs in their den, and then lied about it, will serve time in jail for the gruesome crime that shocked Americans when it came to light last . . . 

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Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and . . . 

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