Wildlife/Marine Mammals

California bill would end trophy hunting of bobcats

California bill would end trophy hunting of bobcats

A bill introduced in California this week would end all trophy hunting of bobcats, making the Golden State the first in the union to move decisively to protect one of our country’s most iconic native carnivores. Assembly bill 1254, introduced by Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove, . . . 

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Breaking: Chilling video shows poachers slaughtering hibernating black bear mother, cubs in Alaska

Breaking: Chilling video shows poachers slaughtering hibernating black bear mother, cubs in Alaska

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Today, we are releasing chilling footage of Andrew and Owen Renner’s now infamous – and illegal – black bear trophy hunt in Alaska last April, so you can see what grisly fate awaits the state’s native carnivores if the . . . 

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Eat Icees, watch primate movies and sleep: Chimpanzees enjoy retirement at Project Chimps sanctuary

Eat Icees, watch primate movies and sleep: Chimpanzees enjoy retirement at Project Chimps sanctuary

I am at Project Chimps today, a sanctuary in Georgia for retired research chimpanzees, visiting with the animals here and their amazing caretakers and staff. There are 59 chimpanzees on this beautiful, 236-acre forested sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and supported by the . . . 

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Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Department of Agriculture today proposed a new rule to close a loophole in the law that allows puppy breeders and roadside zoo exhibitors whose licenses have been revoked for severe and multiple Animal Welfare Act violations to . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. reinstates safeguards to prevent wild horse and burro slaughter

Breaking news: U.S. reinstates safeguards to prevent wild horse and burro slaughter

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a major victory for our campaign to protect wild horses and burros, the United States this week reinstated important safeguards that will prevent unscrupulous kill buyers from purchasing large numbers of these iconic American animals and funneling them . . . 

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Trophy hunting mountain lions can hurt ecosystems, increase conflict

Trophy hunting mountain lions can hurt ecosystems, increase conflict

Over the last three decades, 80,000 mountain lions have been killed for trophies, most of them from the western and midwestern United States. This unbridled and ongoing assault, perpetrated by trophy hunters and predator-control agents and enabled by state and federal legislators, doesn’t just hurt . . . 

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Efforts in Congress to help save critically endangered right whales

Efforts in Congress to help save critically endangered right whales

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson North Atlantic right whales, once decimated by whalers, have continued to face an onslaught of other threats to their survival in recent decades, including entanglement in commercial fishing gear, collision with large ships and climate change. These gentle giants, . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will issue a proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all of the lower 48 states, further jeopardizing animals in a fragile state of . . . 

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Cuddling a baby tiger or riding an elephant could leave you more guilty than gratified, study says

Cuddling a baby tiger or riding an elephant could leave you more guilty than gratified, study says

Walking alongside a lion in South Africa or feeding a baby tiger with a milk bottle at a roadside zoo stateside as you smile into the camera might seem like a novel idea, but it never has a good outcome for the animal. And increasingly, . . . 

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USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is . . . 

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Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Thousands of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats are kept in private homes and poorly run exhibits across the United States. These wild and dangerous animals are forced to spend their lives in inhumane conditions, locked up in . . . 

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Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

The southern African nation of Botswana may be on the verge of bucking the global trend against trophy hunting. Last week, a subcommittee appointed by the president made the recommendation to end a ban on trophy hunting which has been in effect in the country . . . 

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