Wildlife/Marine Mammals

An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, . . . 

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Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

By on December 30, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

With just three weeks until the Obama team transfers executive power to the Trump Administration, the current leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running out of time to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is . . . 

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Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

By on December 20, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

For years, a small band of lawmakers in Congress – every one of them aligned with Safari Club International – has remained obsessed with securing a rider to allow 41 Americans to import the heads of polar bears they shot some years ago in Canada. . . . 

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Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Since Donald J. Trump’s electoral college win in the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk from him and from Republican leaders in Congress about rolling back federal rules and even repealing some existing statutes. If animal protection policies are targeted, we’ll be ready . . . 

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In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » Just this week, I reported on our progress toward a federal dogfighting ban in Mexico and the . . . 

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Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

At The HSUS, we don’t work only to pass laws but also to enforce them. And one of the best enforcement tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of lawsuits and legal petitions in support of . . . 

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The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County, the staff treats a wide range of native animals who are in some kind of trouble. But when a call came in from a hiker who claimed to have found a sick bald eagle . . . 

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Redux on wolves in Michigan

By on December 6, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Redux on wolves in Michigan

One of the most disturbing and sobering examples of the misuse of political power comes out of Michigan – and it has nothing to do with the astonishingly close presidential race of 2016. It concerns the unusual, years-long obsession of a few lawmakers who want . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include . . . 

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Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

The HSUS and Humane Society International are the rare humane organizations with very active and robust wildlife protection programs. We fight for species and habitats, but also against cruelty to individual wild animals, whether scarce or abundant. That latter instinct is what leads us to . . . 

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