Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

Maryland legislators have just passed a bill banning wildlife killing contests—cruel events where participants compete to win cash and prizes for killing the most or the heaviest animals. The vote comes just over a year after we did an undercover investigation of such contests in . . . 

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In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

Most Americans do not support the wanton killing of wolves and other wildlife by trophy hunters and want them protected. But state wildlife managers, instead of respecting the majority and the science, are often eager to appease a shrinking population of trophy hunters and trappers. . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states should retain their current protections under the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the primary federal agency that makes decisions on the conservation of wildlife species. This is encouraging news for these native . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Animals are on a winning streak. Over just the last two days, we’ve had four terrific victories in U.S. federal courts that pave the way for progress for millions of animals. These include wildlife in the United States and overseas most often targeted by trophy . . . 

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Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers say ‘no’ to new cosmetics tests on animals

Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers say ‘no’ to new cosmetics tests on animals

Maryland will soon become the fifth U.S. state to say no to cosmetics testing on animals. State lawmakers last night voted to prohibit new tests on animals for cosmetics and all sales of newly-animal-tested cosmetics beginning July 2022. The Senate and House versions of the . . . 

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Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga go fur-free

Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga go fur-free

Two of fashion’s most iconic brands, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, have announced they no longer use animal fur in their lines. Alexander McQueen, a top British brand, and Balenciaga, a luxury Spanish brand, are the latest houses in the Kering Group, a luxury fashion group . . . 

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African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

Scientists and conservationists have long warned about drastic drops in African elephant populations because of habitat loss, conflicts with humans and poaching for ivory. Trophy hunters exacerbate the problem by mowing elephants down for fun. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature sounded a . . . 

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Costa Rica and HSI seek to end wildlife selfie abuses with #StopAnimalSelfies campaign

Costa Rica and HSI seek to end wildlife selfie abuses with #StopAnimalSelfies campaign

Costa Rica’s gorgeous biodiversity has made it a haven for wildlife tourism. But in the age of social media, the impact on the wild animals themselves has not always been a positive one. In a 2017 study, Costa Rica was identified as one of the . . . 

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Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Each year, trophy hunters and trappers kill around 2,000 of Colorado’s bobcats, either for fun or to sell their furs overseas, usually in Russian and Chinese markets. The animals are hunted down with radio-collared dogs and shot at point-blank range, or they are trapped in . . . 

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New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

The dreadful cruelty of fur production is on display in video footage we are releasing today, as part of a Humane Society International investigation of 13 fur farms in China. The graphic video shows a worker at a fur farm stabbing raccoon dogs with a . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

The COVID relief package Congress just passed includes a number of provisions that will improve surveillance and inspection of trades where animals often endure acute suffering and that also tend to be hotbeds for disease spread. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is primarily . . . 

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Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

A federal court in New York has rejected a challenge by trade groups to the state’s landmark ban on elephant ivory and rhino horn sales. The ruling is not just a win for these beleaguered animals, whose numbers in the wild are dropping at an . . . 

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