Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and . . . 

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Luxury fashion brand St. John says no to fur, exotic skins

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Luxury fashion brand St. John says no to fur, exotic skins

One more luxury fashion brand has joined the mass exodus from fur. St. John, a brand popular among fashion-conscious shoppers, from models and actresses to first ladies, announced today that it will go completely fur-free with its pre-Fall 2019 collection. The company has also prohibited . . . 

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At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

Japan’s rogue stance on whaling deserves worldwide condemnation

Japan this week formalized its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in a letter, setting the stage for its resumed killing of hundreds of whales in its coastal waters and perhaps elsewhere as well. Japan announced its departure from the IWC last month, and with . . . 

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A blog renamed, a mission renewed

A blog renamed, a mission renewed

These are exciting times for the animal protection movement, and especially for those of us who work at the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates, including Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The year 2019 has come in with . . . 

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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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