Wildlife/Marine Mammals

It’s time to put an end to mink farming 

It’s time to put an end to mink farming 

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY) has just introduced a bill that responds to growing concerns about the public health threat posed by mink fur factory farms. The Mink: Vectors for Infection Risk in the United States Act (‘‘Mink VIRUS Act”), H.R. 3783, seeks to prohibit . . . 

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Why painted tree trunks are a sign of progress for animals

By on May 22, 2023 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments
Why painted tree trunks are a sign of progress for animals

A recent story in U.S. News and World Report highlighted a simple, creative solution to prevent conflicts with wildlife: The Parks and Outdoors Department in Chattanooga, Tennessee, coated tree trunks with a mixture of sand and latex paint to deter beavers from gnawing on the . . . 

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Breaking: New threats to grizzlies, wolves and Endangered Species Act emerge in Congress

Breaking: New threats to grizzlies, wolves and Endangered Species Act emerge in Congress

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources voted in favor of six bills and resolutions that threaten to remove protections from grizzly bears and gray wolves and weaken the Endangered Species Act. This “grab bag” of danger includes: House Joint Resolutions 29, . . . 

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We’ve been fighting Canada’s brutal seal hunt for decades. We aren’t about to stop.

We’ve been fighting Canada’s brutal seal hunt for decades. We aren’t about to stop.

Some threats facing animals can seem too gargantuan to fight. Those are precisely the issues we choose to pursue, and I am immensely proud of our commitment to exposing some of the cruelest practices facing animals all over the world. Canada’s commercial seal slaughter is . . . 

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Just one major U.S. department store still sells fur. That’s one too many.

Just one major U.S. department store still sells fur. That’s one too many.

Earlier this week, we joined Born Free USA, FOUR PAWS USA and Last Chance for Animals in a national campaign to persuade department store Dillard’s to go fur-free. Unlike its fur-free competitors Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, T.J. Maxx, Kohl’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s . . . 

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You can help stop one of the cruelest threats facing wildlife

By on April 14, 2023 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 7 Comments
You can help stop one of the cruelest threats facing wildlife

In the past few weeks, I’ve detailed our recent undercover investigations into gruesome wildlife killing contests in Illinois and Nevada. Nothing about these investigations is easy to see or hear. But I want to explain why we are so committed to exposing these events to . . . 

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After the ‘Tiger King’ era, new ways to help other captive wild animals

After the ‘Tiger King’ era, new ways to help other captive wild animals

In our recent USA Today opinion piece, we wrote about the cascade of events that sparked passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act late last year. Among other factors, the pandemic-era Netflix sensation Tiger King laid bare the cruelties of the cub petting industry . . . 

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An ‘itch to kill’: Undercover at wildlife killing contests in Nevada

By on March 30, 2023 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 10 Comments
An ‘itch to kill’: Undercover at wildlife killing contests in Nevada

Earlier this month, our Nevada state director Rebecca Goff and others testified at the Assembly Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of a bill in Nevada (A.B. 102) that would end cruel, unsporting and ecologically destructive wildlife killing contests in the Silver State. An end . . . 

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Celebrating the lawmakers who made 2022 a banner year for big cats and other animals

Celebrating the lawmakers who made 2022 a banner year for big cats and other animals

Last night at our Humane Awards event on Capitol Hill, we celebrated the work of lawmakers whose dedication to our cause made 2022 a banner congressional year for animals. In particular, we recognized the passage into law of the Big Cat Public Safety Act, and . . . 

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Breaking: Undercover investigation reveals Florida’s shady ivory market

Breaking: Undercover investigation reveals Florida’s shady ivory market

With elephants just a step or two away from extinction, our newly released undercover investigation reveals a thriving market for ivory products in Florida, one that undermines conservation efforts and increases the pressure on this beleaguered species. Under U.S. federal law, new ivory cannot be . . . 

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Undercover at wildlife killing ‘contest’ where 405 coyotes were slaughtered in 45 hours

By on March 15, 2023 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments
Undercover at wildlife killing ‘contest’ where 405 coyotes were slaughtered in 45 hours

At the end of a macabre “contest” in Mendon, Illinois, a young boy carries the lifeless bodies of coyotes streaked with blood and torn apart by bullets. He walks across blood-soaked pavement, struggling under the weight of the animals as he helps to load the . . . 

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Victory! Cruel hunting methods in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were just defeated

Victory! Cruel hunting methods in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were just defeated

In a massive victory for wildlife in Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it was withdrawing its 2020 proposed rule that would have allowed trophy hunters on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to lure brown bears to their deaths with . . . 

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