Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

The Missouri state wildlife commission will vote this Friday on whether to allow trophy hunters to target the state’s small and still-recovering black bear population. If the proposal passes, up to 500 individuals could get permits to kill bears, including cubs unaccompanied by their mothers. . . . 

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Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

The year 2020 has seen phenomenal progress in our work to end the use of fur. Nations moved to announce an end to fur production and/or sales, citing the “immoral” nature of this trade that results in the suffering and death of millions of animals . . . 

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Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

The Department of Transportation has just finalized a rule that prohibits airlines from banning pit-bull-type dogs and certain other breeds from serving as service animals on flights. The Humane Society family of organizations has long opposed breed bans because they are unscientific and discriminate against . . . 

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Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

With fewer than 360 North Atlantic right whales surviving on earth today, the clock is ticking for these marine mammals. Today, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund, along with our coalition partners, asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to . . . 

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In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

Each December, we round up some of the year’s most notable successes in carrying on the fight for animal protection. For the next several weeks, alongside breaking news about animals and our efforts to protect them, I will bring you our top animal protection victories . . . 

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U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

In the midst of a booming coronavirus surge across the United States, a related crisis is brewing on the nation’s mink fur farms where outbreaks have failed to be treated with the same level of concern and seriousness we have seen from other countries. A . . . 

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With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

Update (12/4/2020): Following our letter, the Wisconsin DNR announced today that it will not open a wolf hunt in January 2021, potentially sparing the lives of hundreds of wolves. But the state still plans to open a wolf season in fall 2021, and other states . . . 

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As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

As black bears work extra hard to pack on the pounds and prepare for the barren winter months ahead, trophy hunters are rampaging through their habitats, slaughtering these iconic animals so they can hang their heads on walls. Some states are even allowing these hunters . . . 

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World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

The United States is one of the world’s largest destinations for illegal wildlife products. Each year, traffickers smuggle in millions of dollars’ worth of items from poached animals, including shark fins, pangolin scales, ivory trinkets, animal trophies, and live animals like monkeys, parrots and snakes . . . 

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Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released a package of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, and it is a mixed bag for animals. The House has already approved its appropriations bills, which fund federal government agencies, and they include significant protections for animals, . . . 

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A time of hope for animals

A time of hope for animals

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris head to the White House, they bring with them a proven track record of protecting animals. In past years, we have worked with both the president- and vice-president-elect to strengthen laws on wildlife, marine mammals, farm animals, and so . . . 

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