Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

In June, Humane Society of the United States responders were called in to assist with the rescue of more than 150 horses, mini-horses, mules and donkeys on a property in Camp County, Texas. Among the animals were nine mustangs, who had been removed from the . . . 

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Breaking: HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

Breaking: HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

Last week, the Trump administration fired its latest salvo in an ongoing war on wildlife by finalizing regulations that significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act. Today, a group of environmental and animal protection groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, filed a lawsuit . . . 

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Breaking news: Association of Zoos and Aquariums announces ban on bullhooks for elephants

Breaking news: Association of Zoos and Aquariums announces ban on bullhooks for elephants

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced this morning that it will phase out the use of bullhooks on elephants at its member zoos, taking the United States a giant step forward toward relegating these instruments of torture to history. According to an article in . . . 

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EPA says it will review use of deadly cyanide bombs to kill native carnivores

EPA says it will review use of deadly cyanide bombs to kill native carnivores

In a welcome move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will reevaluate its approval of cyanide bombs called M-44s – devices that state and federal agencies scatter around public and private lands to kill coyotes who are seen as posing a threat to . . . 

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In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

Delegates at the world’s largest conference on endangered species have voted to end the cruel capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos worldwide, giving these beleaguered animals, already under attack from trophy hunters and poachers, a historic win. While this vote will need . . . 

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Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

The Lion King is breaking box office records worldwide, with $1.335 billion in cumulative global box office receipts, including $472.8 million in the United States, as of last weekend. More importantly, it’s delighting audiences everywhere, which is hardly surprising, given the deep appeal that animals . . . 

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A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

By on August 13, 2019 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments
A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

A new video we’ve released blows the lid off of a dirty secret, that America’s iconic mountain lions are being killed at unsustainably high numbers for nothing more than trophies. In our video, you can learn from leading scientists about the myths behind trophy hunting . . . 

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Federal government finalizes changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By on August 12, 2019 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 15 Comments
Federal government finalizes changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In the past two years, our federal government has waged war against the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal species and their habitats. Today, despite our hopes that it would take the steps . . . 

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Seeing wolves at Denali? Let’s hope it’s not too late

Seeing wolves at Denali? Let’s hope it’s not too late

Update: On August 13, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang denied an emergency petition from 60 Alaska residents asking the agency to close wolf hunting and trapping on lands adjacent to Denali National Park. He ruled that an emergency order to stop . . . 

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Brutal attack on tiger in India is a reminder of the problems big cats face in the modern world

Brutal attack on tiger in India is a reminder of the problems big cats face in the modern world

It’s a difficult video to watch: a mob of men armed with sticks and spears repeatedly strike a tiger lying on the grass with shouts of “kill, kill.” They beat the animal so badly, according to media reports, that she died of shock hours later . . . 

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This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There was a time when sharks were routinely portrayed by popular media as aggressive and ruthless predators — animals to be afraid of and to avoid, or even worse, to kill. But today, with growing awareness and increasingly positive . . . 

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Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

Romania, which halted trophy hunting of its native carnivores in 2016, this week said it will allow the killing of 140 bears. The hunting quota was announced in response to reports of bear-human conflicts, with videos shared on social media showing people getting very close . . . 

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