Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Breaking news: U.S. says giraffes may qualify for Endangered Species Act listing

Breaking news: U.S. says giraffes may qualify for Endangered Species Act listing

Giraffes, whose populations in the wild have plummeted by 40 percent over the last three decades, may qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to a finding announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today. The agency’s announcement comes in response to . . . 

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Proposal offers brighter future for wild horses and burros

Proposal offers brighter future for wild horses and burros

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program is broken. Since inception of the program, the BLM has removed approximately 270,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands, without any significant use of fertility control tools, . . . 

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Canada resumes bloody seal slaughter despite crashing demand for seal products

Canada resumes bloody seal slaughter despite crashing demand for seal products

Canada this week once again turned its peaceful ice floes into an open-air slaughterhouse, with the reopening of the annual commercial seal hunt. Sealers are expected to club and shoot tens of thousands of harp seal pups in coming weeks, despite the fact that more . . . 

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Lawmakers, businesses honored for their work to help animals

Lawmakers, businesses honored for their work to help animals

Each year, the Humane Society of the United States recognizes lawmakers and corporations who support and adopt humane principles in their work. This week, I was on Capitol Hill with colleagues from the Humane Society Legislative Fund to honor 173 lawmakers with our Humane Awards, . . . 

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Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo ends program allowing direct contact with wildlife

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo ends program allowing direct contact with wildlife

Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago says it has ended a program where visitors were allowed to touch or interact with wildlife, including reptiles and small mammals. The HSUS has long opposed the use of captive wild animals in public handling situations. Our undercover investigations at . . . 

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More Yellowstone grizzly bears are dying at human hands than ever before; HSUS, allies suggest common-sense solutions

More Yellowstone grizzly bears are dying at human hands than ever before; HSUS, allies suggest common-sense solutions

The past four years have seen a tragic, record-breaking spike in the numbers of grizzly bears killed in conflicts with humans in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In fact, more than 70 percent of grizzly bear deaths in this region are now caused by human activity, . . . 

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Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act moves up in Congress; New film exposes cruelty and corruption in global trade

Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act moves up in Congress; New film exposes cruelty and corruption in global trade

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act passed the Senate Commerce Committee with a near-unanimous voice vote this week, with American lawmakers leaving no doubt of how they view the nefarious global trade in which fishermen cut the fins off . . . 

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Breaking news: ‘Joe Exotic,’ who kept hundreds of big cats in appalling conditions, found guilty of murder-for-hire and wildlife charges

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Breaking news: ‘Joe Exotic,’ who kept hundreds of big cats in appalling conditions, found guilty of murder-for-hire and wildlife charges

The bizarre saga of a former Oklahoma roadside zoo owner, whose menagerie of hundreds of dangerous exotic animals was exposed in a 2011 HSUS undercover investigation, reached a dramatic conclusion yesterday when a federal jury found him guilty on charges that included killing five tigers . . . 

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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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