Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Gorillas at zoo in San Diego test positive for coronavirus

Gorillas at zoo in San Diego test positive for coronavirus

Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first known cases of its transmission to non-human primates. The animals are believed to have contracted the virus from an asymptomatic zookeeper. This is distressing news on many levels. . . . 

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House members reintroduce bill to ban cub petting, keeping big cats as pets

House members reintroduce bill to ban cub petting, keeping big cats as pets

A bill that would prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards and ban the possession of these animals as pets was swiftly reintroduced in the U.S. House today, suggesting that the measure is poised for early action in Congress. The Big . . . 

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In its final days, Trump administration launches lame-duck attack on migratory birds

In its final days, Trump administration launches lame-duck attack on migratory birds

The Trump administration, in its final days, is attempting to undo crucial, century-old protections for migratory birds as a handout to the construction and oil and gas industries. A new rule published this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would exempt industries from . . . 

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Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

On Dec. 31, Florida’s greyhound racetracks closed for good as a result of a ballot measure we helped pass with our partner groups in 2018. That win brought down what was once the stronghold of this “sport” and effectively sounded the death knell for greyhound . . . 

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As pandemic continues and spotlight shines on animal-human transmission, House members reintroduce bill to end U.S. trade in wild animals for food and other products

As pandemic continues and spotlight shines on animal-human transmission, House members reintroduce bill to end U.S. trade in wild animals for food and other products

Update (1/25/2021): A Senate version of the Preventing Future Pandemics Act was introduced today by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The House version, introduced earlier this month, now has 50 cosponsors. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, the urgency around preventing similar . . . 

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Fostering human-wildlife coexistence, species by species and place by place, worldwide

Fostering human-wildlife coexistence, species by species and place by place, worldwide

Compassionate coexistence. It’s such a simple and worthy goal, yet it’s one of the areas in which the human aspiration to do right by wildlife still falls well short of what animals deserve. That’s why building global capacity and commitment for humane and effective approaches . . . 

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Proposed U.S. rule on critically endangered right whales is too weak to bring real change

Proposed U.S. rule on critically endangered right whales is too weak to bring real change

The National Marine Fisheries Service today released a proposed rule intended to reduce the risk of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales getting entangled in heavy ropes used in fishing gear such as that used for catching lobsters and crabs. Unfortunately, this long-anticipated rule falls . . . 

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In 2020, more corporations, governments moved to end cosmetics testing on animals

In 2020, more corporations, governments moved to end cosmetics testing on animals

Hundreds of beauty companies around the globe—including our market leading partners Unilever, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Avon, Lush and a growing number of cosmetic ingredient suppliers—now support an end to cosmetics animal testing. Forty countries have passed laws to ban or limit such tests, as . . . 

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In 2020, we brought food, essential services to hundreds of thousands of animals and people affected globally by the pandemic

In 2020, we brought food, essential services to hundreds of thousands of animals and people affected globally by the pandemic

The global pandemic posed immense challenges to the animal protection community this year. Around the world, people—and the animals who depend on them—reeled from the impact of illness, death, closures, job losses and difficulty in accessing the most basic services. We stepped in to try . . . 

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Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

A mink living in the wild near an infected Utah fur farm has tested positive for the coronavirus, providing yet another pressing reason why the United States needs to end all mink fur farming without further delay. While it is not clear if the infected . . . 

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Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

Missouri, a state that once nearly wiped out its black bear population, has clearly failed to learn from its mistakes. This morning, the four-member Missouri Department of Conservation Commission, made up of political appointees, voted unanimously to allow trophy hunters to kill its black bears . . . 

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In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

Trophy hunting is a cruel and dangerous pastime that is pushing some of the world’s most iconic animals closer to extinction, and the Humane Society family of organizations has put our might behind stopping it. In the past four years we have encountered tremendous challenges . . . 

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