Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

Provisions for funding programs to protect wild horses and burros, gray wolves, animals used in research and testing, as well as elephants and lions, who are commonly the target of American trophy hunters, were among several animal welfare measures approved this week by House appropriations . . . 

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Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

For a few days now, Bruno the bear has been something of a celebrity around the world. Hundreds of people have flocked to catch a glimpse of this wandering bear who is reported to have walked to Missouri all the way from Wisconsin, journeying through . . . 

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Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

A federal appeals court has agreed that Yellowstone grizzly bears should continue to receive protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, ensuring that these iconic American carnivores will not be hunted for trophies. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion today upholding . . . 

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HSI undercover investigation shows foxes bludgeoned, skinned alive on Asian fur farms

HSI undercover investigation shows foxes bludgeoned, skinned alive on Asian fur farms

The cruelty of fur is on terrifying display in these scenes from a fur farm, captured on video by investigators working with Humane Society International. Foxes are pulled out of their cages, one by one, usually by their tails as they try to cling to . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

The U.S. House has just approved provisions that would make highways safer for wildlife to cross and create safer conditions to transport horses across the country, as part of the Moving Forward Act, a package of reforms designed to restore America’s aging infrastructure. The measures . . . 

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Putting an end to lion trophy hunting in memory of Cecil

Putting an end to lion trophy hunting in memory of Cecil

The killing of Cecil the lion five years this week ago by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe triggered worldwide outrage. Father of a pride, lured with an elephant carcass, wounded by an arrow, he suffered for hours before being killed by gunshot. As it . . . 

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Key Congressional committee holds hearing on bill that restricts keeping primates as pets

Key Congressional committee holds hearing on bill that restricts keeping primates as pets

In Arizona, a woman’s marmoset monkey attacked her newborn grandchild, scratching and biting the baby’s face and splitting open one nostril. In New York, a neighbor’s pet capuchin monkey bit off a 22-month-old girl’s finger when the child stuck her fingers through a backyard fence. . . . 

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Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

The Dutch parliament has voted to permanently shut down an estimated 128 mink fur farms in the wake of coronavirus outbreaks on 17 of these farms since April. If approved by the Dutch government, the decision would bring a welcome end to the cruel business . . . 

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Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

For years, Scotland has allowed fish farmers and other fisheries to shoot seals in order to keep them from eating their fish —a brutal practice that has resulted in so much unnecessary suffering and death among these charismatic marine mammals. Last week, in a long-awaited . . . 

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Legislation making it safer for wildlife to cross highways and mandating reforms for horse transport moves to full House for vote

Legislation making it safer for wildlife to cross highways and mandating reforms for horse transport moves to full House for vote

A key House committee has approved a package of investments in America’s infrastructure, including provisions to make U.S. roadways safer for both drivers and wildlife and to create more humane conditions for transporting horses within the country. The INVEST in America Act package, H.R. 2, . . . 

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Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

Update (6/12/2020): Dutch authorities have confirmed they have killed 575,000 mink, including 480,000 pups, during the cull on 13 fur factory farms. The killing will conclude tomorrow. The Netherlands is expected to kill more than 350,000 mink by gassing, in a massive cull following an . . . 

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Trump administration opens Alaska’s national preserves to cruel practices like trophy-hunting denning bears and wolves and their cubs; proposes disbanding protections on Kenai Wildlife Refuge

Trump administration opens Alaska’s national preserves to cruel practices like trophy-hunting denning bears and wolves and their cubs; proposes disbanding protections on Kenai Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration has given trophy hunters the green light to commit some of the worst sort of carnage on 20 million acres of Alaska’s pristinely beautiful national preserves. Under a new rule finalized this week, trophy hunters can, starting next month, kill hibernating mother . . . 

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