Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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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Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

Since Illinois reopened its bobcat hunts in 2015, after a 40-year hiatus, trophy hunters and trappers have killed nearly 1,400 bobcats using some of the cruelest methods imaginable, like steel-jawed leghold traps. These devices are so painful that the animals sometimes gnaw through their own . . . 

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Trophy hunters kill 216 wolves in Wisconsin bloodbath

Trophy hunters kill 216 wolves in Wisconsin bloodbath

A no-holds-barred carnage of wolves in Wisconsin last week, which ended with trophy hunters killing nearly twice the sanctioned quota of animals in just under 60 hours, offers a terrible glimpse into just what lies ahead for these beloved native American carnivores unless the Biden . . . 

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House approves COVID relief package with historic funding commitments for animal-related pandemic prevention

House approves COVID relief package with historic funding commitments for animal-related pandemic prevention

Update (3/6/20201): The Senate has just passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and it includes almost all of the provisions we supported and pushed for that would benefit animals. The House and Senate will next work on a compromise version of the two . . . 

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Beauty industry trade group wins Spira Award for championing end to new cosmetics animal testing

Beauty industry trade group wins Spira Award for championing end to new cosmetics animal testing

As we worked toward the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the last Congress, one of our most important partners was the Personal Care Products Council, the leading industry trade organization that represents more than 90% of the U.S. beauty industry, including our Be . . . 

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‘Pet’ Tiger rescued from freezing San Antonio gets forever home at Black Beauty Ranch

‘Pet’ Tiger rescued from freezing San Antonio gets forever home at Black Beauty Ranch

The freeze in Texas this month turned up a surprise for authorities in Bexar County as they scrambled to get people and pets out of harm’s way: a tiger cub wearing a harness and living as a “pet” outdoors. A neighbor had reported what sounded . . . 

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Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, has a track record of fierce advocacy for animals

Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, has a track record of fierce advocacy for animals

Rep. Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of the Interior, has a proven track record of working on the side of animals. Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed her history-making run for the U.S. House in 2018, and she has since worked swiftly . . . 

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Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey among states moving rapidly to end cosmetics testing

Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey among states moving rapidly to end cosmetics testing

Cosmetics animal testing is on its way out the world over and U.S. states are rapidly moving in the direction of that trend. Just this month lawmakers in three states—Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey—have moved decisively to end the sales of cosmetics tested on animals . . . 

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Three Montana lawmakers declare war on wolves, bears and other carnivores with flurry of bad bills

Three Montana lawmakers declare war on wolves, bears and other carnivores with flurry of bad bills

Strangling neck snares are among the cruelest methods of trapping animals. These devices, made of cable wire looped through a locking device, are designed to tighten around the animal’s neck as he thrashes around and struggles to free himself, cutting his mouth and breaking his . . . 

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Court grants Kansas trophy hunters’ request to open season on Wisconsin wolves​

Court grants Kansas trophy hunters’ request to open season on Wisconsin wolves​

A ​state court has granted a Kansas-based trophy hunting group’s request for a wolf hunt in Wisconsin for the remaining weeks of February. It’s a terrible decision that could result in the slaughter of hundreds of wolves in a matter of weeks, including by such . . . 

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Undercover investigation lays bare extreme cruelty in Indiana and Texas wildlife killing contests. Foxes, bobcats, coyotes among animals blasted with assault rifles

Undercover investigation lays bare extreme cruelty in Indiana and Texas wildlife killing contests. Foxes, bobcats, coyotes among animals blasted with assault rifles

It is a bloody scene at the Texas weigh-in of the “De Leon Pharmacy and Sporting Goods’ Varmint Hunt #1” on a cold January morning this year. Participants in this wildlife killing contest are unloading the bodies of bobcats, grey foxes, coyotes and raccoons from . . . 

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