Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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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HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

When the United States stripped federal protections for wolves last week, giving state managers in the lower 48 states the ability to greenlight trophy hunting and trapping seasons on these animals, we promised to fight this draconian move with every tool at our disposal. This . . . 

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Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Reports from Denmark this week are making it clearer than ever that mink fur farming is a public health minefield and an animal welfare nightmare. The European nation announced that it would slaughter all 15 million mink on its 1,000 fur farms following concerns that . . . 

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Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

A backyard breeder of primates who has been on our radar for years was in the news this week for an incident that defies all common sense. Michael Poggi, who runs his operation from his home in Florida, charged a man $150 in August for . . . 

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Breaking news: The U.S. just delisted gray wolves so trophy hunters can kill them

Breaking news: The U.S. just delisted gray wolves so trophy hunters can kill them

In a heinous move that defies both science and common sense, the United States has prematurely lifted federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, giving them carte blanche to open trophy hunting seasons on these beloved native carnivores. The Department of the . . . 

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Breaking news: Wellesley, Massachusetts votes to ban fur sales, first U.S. city outside California to do so

Breaking news: Wellesley, Massachusetts votes to ban fur sales, first U.S. city outside California to do so

Wellesley, Massachusetts, has said a resounding “no” to fur. The town voted 140 to 64 last night (with two abstentions) to pass a ban on new fur sales, proposed by Liza Oliver, a district leader volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States. If . . . 

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The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

The number of leopards in sub-Saharan Africa has plummeted by 30% in just the last 20 years, putting the future of these unique animals in jeopardy. Yet the U.S. government continues to allow Americans to import nearly 300 leopard trophies a year. Today, the Humane . . . 

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