Wildlife/Marine Mammals

For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

For my mom, the first animal advocate I ever knew

I lost my mother this week. She was 92 years old, and she packed most of those years with a remarkable compassion for animals – a compassion she cultivated in my sisters and me as well as in countless other people she encountered. My mother . . . 

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116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We are on Capitol Hill today for the swearing in of the 116th Congress, along with Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund colleagues. We’re meeting with members of Congress, old and new, and gearing . . . 

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North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

Over the weekend, Americans were shocked by an incident at the Conservators Center in North Carolina, a privately run wild animal menagerie, where a 22-year-old intern who was cleaning an enclosure was attacked and killed by a lion. Law enforcement shot and killed the lion . . . 

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California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

California has once again topped our 2018 Humane State rankings list, after overwhelmingly passing the strongest farm animal protection law in the world, and by enacting a law that bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals — the first U.S. state to do so. . . . 

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Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges

Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges

As 2018 draws to a close, so too does the 115th Congress. Each year, the federal team at our affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund pushes hard to advance legislation that protects animals, and this year, we saw strong progress. Notably, in the Farm Bill signed . . . 

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Wildlife gains for 2018 range from bans on wild animal circus acts to major fur-free announcements

Wildlife gains for 2018 range from bans on wild animal circus acts to major fur-free announcements

We’re fierce defenders of wildlife in the United States, and we made major strides on that front in 2018. We won major victories for grizzly bears and black bears, defeated attempts to remove federal protections for gray wolves, helped shine a spotlight on cruel wildlife . . . 

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Farm Bill becomes law minus King amendment, capping a year of extraordinary gains for animals

Farm Bill becomes law minus King amendment, capping a year of extraordinary gains for animals

Today, in a crucial victory for animals, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill minus the anti-animal King amendment but with three pro-animal measures. This is an outcome the Humane Society Legislative Fund had long worked for, along with our Humane Society of the . . . 

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In 2018, HSUS legal team delivered crucial court victories for Yellowstone grizzly bears, Great Danes rescued from New Hampshire mansion

In 2018, HSUS legal team delivered crucial court victories for Yellowstone grizzly bears, Great Danes rescued from New Hampshire mansion

For more than a decade, our Animal Protection Litigation team, a talented group of attorneys who use the law to advance the cause of animal protection, has been one of our most effective divisions. Each year, they file lawsuits and legal petitions to support our . . . 

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From combating dogfighting to dog meat to battery cages, HSI drove change for animals around the globe in 2018

From combating dogfighting to dog meat to battery cages, HSI drove change for animals around the globe in 2018

Throughout 2018, Humane Society International has driven transformational changes for animals around the globe. Vietnam adopted animal welfare language for the first time in its history; Unilever supported a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics; the Indonesian government supported a ban on the dog . . . 

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American wolves need to be protected, not hunted

American wolves need to be protected, not hunted

American wolves are once again under urgent attack. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is readying a proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire continental United States, which would arrest the recovery of these animals and banish them forever to . . . 

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Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

The World Trade Organization delivered a decisive victory today to protect dolphins in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. All tuna sold in the United States with the dolphin-safe label must be caught using methods designed to protect dolphins from harm. Fishing . . . 

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Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

New Jersey has made history by becoming the first state in the country to ban the use of numerous wild animal species, including elephants, tigers, lions, bears and primates, in circuses and traveling shows. Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a measure that recognizes . . . 

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