Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, a momentous achievement that turned the course for long persecuted cetacean species. Slow to reproduce, whales were nearly wiped out altogether in the 20th century, with an estimated three million killed for . . . 

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Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

In a major win for America’s most imperiled wildlife, this week a U.S. federal judge voided a package of regulations enacted by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act. We’ve been fighting these dangerous rollbacks since they were proposed. And as soon as . . . 

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Animal-friendly ways to celebrate July 4 (Hint: It’s not fireworks)

Animal-friendly ways to celebrate July 4 (Hint: It’s not fireworks)

Anyone with pets knows that our furry family members can become so frightened by exploding fireworks that they do anything to escape the noise, whether it’s hiding in the bathtub, or something more desperate (and dangerous), such as breaking through windows or door screens. At . . . 

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How to make your summer animal-friendly

How to make your summer animal-friendly

The dog days of summer, where temperatures climb and people head outdoors, have nearly arrived. It is especially important to keep animals in mind during this active season—not just the companions in our homes but also the wild animals we may encounter while hiking in . . . 

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‘Aggressive’ horse from Assateague Island arrives at our sanctuary

‘Aggressive’ horse from Assateague Island arrives at our sanctuary

Our sanctuary in Texas, Black Beauty Ranch, plays an extremely important and inspiring role for animals who have nowhere left to go. Take Chip, the horse who arrived at Black Beauty this week from Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. He had to be removed . . . 

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England’s action to ban glue traps is a stirring victory for animal protection

England’s action to ban glue traps is a stirring victory for animal protection

With the recent passage of a bill that gained unanimous support in the House of Lords, England has joined a handful of countries and a host of companies and institutions around the world that have banned glue traps. For mice and rats, the traps’ primary . . . 

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A Connecticut bear’s death underscores the urgent need to prevent human-wildlife conflicts

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A Connecticut bear’s death underscores the urgent need to prevent human-wildlife conflicts

The fatal shooting on May 12 of a mother black bear in Newtown, Connecticut, leaving two cubs orphaned, has understandably sparked widespread outrage and grief. Local residents were familiar with the bear; they knew her as “Bobbi” and have launched Facebook pages in her honor. . . . 

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Two ‘big tusker’ elephants killed for the thrill by trophy hunters in Botswana

Two ‘big tusker’ elephants killed for the thrill by trophy hunters in Botswana

We learned last week about the outrageous killing of two iconic and rare “big tusker” male savanna elephants in an unpopulated corner of northern Botswana. “Big tusker” refers to an elephant with at least one tusk weighing 100 pounds but it effectively signifies an elephant . . . 

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In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

In Canada, baby seals still face a cruel fate

Today I’m turning the blog over to my colleague Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of Humane Society International/Canada. For nearly two decades, Rebecca has been on the literal front lines of the fight to save animals, traveling to the ice floes of the Northwest Atlantic to . . . 

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If you found an ‘orphaned’ wild animal, would you know how to do the right thing?

By on April 13, 2022 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
If you found an ‘orphaned’ wild animal, would you know how to do the right thing?

For many years, the modest stretch of forested land surrounding our office in Maryland has offered a refuge to wild animals whose habitat is shrinking around them. Year after year, our staff members excitedly share sightings of our wild neighbors: the mama fox who births . . . 

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Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

Decades-long persistence pays off as proposed federal regulations will protect captive birds

When Humane Society of the United States investigators go out to take a close look at facilities that keep captive birds—roadside zoos, animal markets and others—they almost always return with the same dispiriting reports of dismal treatment and living conditions. Owls and hawks tightly chained . . . 

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Our undercover investigation reveals why hippos desperately need federal protections under the Endangered Species Act

Our undercover investigation reveals why hippos desperately need federal protections under the Endangered Species Act

With their barrel shape, huge teeth and jaws that can open to almost 180 degrees, hippos are characteristically unique and one of the world’s most recognizable animals. Hippos are also a keystone species: As “ecosystem engineers,” their behavior helps shape and maintain landscapes and habitats . . . 

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