Wildlife/Marine Mammals

From pangolins to elephants, HSI delivers victories for wildlife around the globe

From pangolins to elephants, HSI delivers victories for wildlife around the globe

In December, Humane Society International’s Africa Wildlife Program Manager Nicci Wright received a call about a pangolin, named Ivory, rescued from traffickers who were attempting to sell him. Pangolins, poached to meet a demand for their scales and meat in Asia, are a protected species and are considered the most trafficked mammals in the world. . . . 

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States need to be more proactive in stopping spread of chronic wasting disease among deer

States need to be more proactive in stopping spread of chronic wasting disease among deer

Captive deer farms are breeding grounds for the deadly chronic wasting disease, which has now spread to 24 states. While some states have wisely banned such facilities, others have done nothing, even as the disease spreads and costs taxpayers millions of dollars in response efforts. On the blog today, I have invited Samantha Hagio, director . . . 

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Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

By Kitty Block Today, as the Winter Games begin in Pyeongchang, my colleagues in Humane Society International are on the ground in South Korea, extending their important work against the dog meat trade. Three years ago, The HSUS and HSI embarked on an important campaign in that nation, the only one in the world where . . . 

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Thousands of commercial deer farms in U.S. are looming danger for wildlife and even people

By on January 31, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Thousands of commercial deer farms in U.S. are looming danger for wildlife and even people

In Montana, hunters are fanning out across two large swaths of land in the state to shoot deer to be tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The disease was detected for the first time in wild deer populations in Montana last fall, marking the steady advance of CWD into vast tracts of land throughout the . . . 

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Breaking news: President Trump confirms he’ll ban elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia

By on January 28, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 16 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: President Trump confirms he’ll ban elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia

President Trump has confirmed, in an interview airing Sunday night with the British journalist and animal advocate Piers Morgan, that he has directed his administration to ban the import of hunting trophies from African elephants and other rare wildlife from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Trump’s commitment, the best single action he’s taken on animal welfare during . . . 

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Cascade of scientific reports discredits wolf-killing activities of states

By on January 23, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cascade of scientific reports discredits wolf-killing activities of states

Fear-mongering dominated two hearings in the state capitol in Wisconsin this month, as state lawmakers debated whether to pass legislation to forbid state law enforcement officials from enforcing laws against killing wolves. Wolves are federally listed as “endangered” in Wisconsin, so hunting them is illegal, but this bill is the state’s attempt to give the . . . 

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After a lifetime in captivity, two elderly performing bears savor retirement at Black Beauty Ranch

By on January 22, 2018 in Animal Rescue and Care, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
After a lifetime in captivity, two elderly performing bears savor retirement at Black Beauty Ranch

Two senior black bears named Tibor and Sammi have had a startling and dramatic change in fortune – for the better. They had passed their entire lives in a traveling bear show, spending days on end in cages and captive settings, shuttled from city to city. Now they finally have a chance to put their . . . 

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New documentary exposes Australia’s dirty secret – Kangaroos killed by the millions each year

By on January 19, 2018 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New documentary exposes Australia’s dirty secret – Kangaroos killed by the millions each year

The grisly and grainy images that open the jarring documentary “Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story” are not the most difficult images you’ll ever see in a feature film about animals’ suffering and abuse. That’s not because the callousness evidenced in the film is any less intense than the kind of cruelty on display in “The Cove” . . . 

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HSUS sues so that government can get it right on right whales

By on January 18, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS sues so that government can get it right on right whales

Today, The HSUS, along with our partners at the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife, filed a legal complaint against the federal government for failing to protect North Atlantic right whales from painful and deadly entanglement in fishing gear. There are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales left, which makes these 50-foot-long . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and . . . 

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