Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

By on December 18, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

Our federal government is in the business of killing native carnivores and birds in mindboggling numbers every year, mainly with your tax dollars. It’s an obscure program, euphemistically known as USDA Wildlife Services, and it amasses an annual body count in the millions, including wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, foxes, and countless species . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

By on December 15, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 79 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today that it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018. Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which had a revenue . . . 

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National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

By on December 11, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

The National Park Service (NPS), with a shameful record of allowing the killing of bison who migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park and onto adjacent federal lands, is now planning on opening up a second front against these great and lumbering beasts, the biggest mammals in North America. This time, the NPS is impassively pursuing . . . 

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Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

By on December 7, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

We have no better evidence of the non-partisan nature of animal protection than new data from a national poll, released this week by The HSUS, that shows deep and widespread opposition to trophy hunting, including strong disapproval of allowing imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion trophies from several African nations. The survey showed that voters, . . . 

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A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

By on December 5, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A giant step backward on the treatment of orcas in captivity

It was my great hope that SeaWorld’s March 2016 decision to end its orca breeding and theatrical performance shows would be a catalyst prompting all other marine theme parks to get on board and move to the next, better chapter in our relationship with cetaceans. We imagined that the company’s commitment would close the chapter . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and in legislative assemblies at the state and federal level. Each . . . 

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Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

By on December 1, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

As we move into December, one of the most important fights in Congress relates to the massive spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government in 2018 – where the House and Senate try to find agreement between the respective bills in each chamber and send one final plan to the president for . . . 

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U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

By on November 29, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

While we eagerly await President Trump’s follow-up on his decision to suspend imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, we hope he takes a broad look at the trophy hunting of other threatened and endangered species and stops all imports of the animals for their heads, tusks, and other body parts. More . . . 

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American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

By on November 27, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

Our federal government illegally allowed U.S. trophy hunters to import at least 280 lion trophies from South Africa’s cruel captive lion breeding and killing facilities. It allowed body parts to come into the country in spite of a policy implemented at the beginning of last year that shooting and then importing these lions in fenced-in . . . 

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Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

By on November 21, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Trophy hunting has been on the front page and the opinion page and on television in the past week, after news broke that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made regulatory moves to overturn restrictions on the import of African elephants and African lions. There was a jolt of additional news after President Trump signaled . . . 

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