Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, released early this morning and set for final action in the House and Senate later this week, turned out extraordinarily well for animal protection advocates. The negotiations were led by Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Harry Reid, D-NV, and . . . 

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Animals Getting Their Day in Court – HSUS Legal Victories of 2015

Animals Getting Their Day in Court – HSUS Legal Victories of 2015

At The HSUS, we throw the kitchen sink at animal cruelty. And one of the best tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of cases, claims, petitions, and other legal campaigns and regulatory actions. The HSUS . . . 

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Wildlife Gains in 2015: Stepping Up the Battle Against Wildlife Trafficking, Trophy Hunting of Rare Species

Wildlife Gains in 2015: Stepping Up the Battle Against Wildlife Trafficking, Trophy Hunting of Rare Species

The threats that wildlife face are extraordinary, but no group brings the kind of focus and energy to wildlife protection that The HSUS and its affiliates do. In 2015, we witnessed the beginning of the end for elephants in circuses, a globalizing of the campaign . . . 

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Undeterred, Unbowed in Seeking Reform for All Animals

Undeterred, Unbowed in Seeking Reform for All Animals

With Thanksgiving upon us, I’m grateful to so many people for supporting The HSUS and its bold vision to help all animals in society, including those caught up in major use industries throughout the world. While we face the grim reality that animals still suffer at . . . 

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France Bans Lion Imports, as the Cry Over Cecil’s Death Continues to be Heard Around the World

France Bans Lion Imports, as the Cry Over Cecil’s Death Continues to be Heard Around the World

After Cecil’s killing came to light in July, there’s been a well-justified backlash against the trophy hunting of some of the rarest and most majestic animals in the world. In the wake of the incident, 45 airlines have taken action against trophy hunting — banning shipments . . . 

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California Officials Decide to Keep Bobcat Pelts on the Bobcats

By on November 20, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California Officials Decide to Keep Bobcat Pelts on the Bobcats

Bobcats are gorgeous.  Nobody eats bobcats. They are too small to pose a threat to cattle. And they are predators that keep small prey populations in check. Even so, last year, at about this time, commercial trappers in California placed box traps outside of national parks and . . . 

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Breaking News: Government Slams Door on Invasive Experiments on Chimps

By on November 18, 2015 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 21 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Government Slams Door on Invasive Experiments on Chimps

I’ve made a series of announcements in the last three years about ongoing progress in the effort to end the era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees. Here’s another, and it’s a great one. Today, the National Institutes of Health announced it has scuttled plans to . . . 

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In Congress, a Barrage of Sneak Attacks on Wolves and Other Endangered Species

By on November 17, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
In Congress, a Barrage of Sneak Attacks on Wolves and Other Endangered Species

Today, The HSUS, the Idaho Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and more than 150 other groups called on President Obama to block a series of anticipated riders that would put dozens of our most iconic threatened and endangered species in . . . 

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In the War Over Management of Wolves, The HSUS Won’t Shrink from Effort to Protect Them

By on November 13, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
In the War Over Management of Wolves, The HSUS Won’t Shrink from Effort to Protect Them

In an affront to sound science and a brazen subversion of the judicial process, Republican Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced legislation this week to remove federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes Region and Wyoming. Their overreaching move comes . . . 

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Oregon Retreats From Wolf Protection, as Possible Setup for Trophy Hunting

By on November 11, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 24 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Oregon Retreats From Wolf Protection, as Possible Setup for Trophy Hunting

Even though Oregon has fewer than 90 wolves who occupy just a small portion of their historical range there, its Fish and Wildlife Commission this week removed them from the state’s list of endangered species. This administrative action clears away one key barrier to a trophy-hunting and commercial-trapping . . . 

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SeaWorld Makes a Splash With Announcement, but Its Commitment is Hardly Black and White

By on November 9, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
SeaWorld Makes a Splash With Announcement, but Its Commitment is Hardly Black and White

SeaWorld says it is ending its “theatrical” orca shows at its San Diego facility next year, but no one from the company is yet saying what will happen to the orcas. And there’s no announcement about similar changes at sister theme parks in San Antonio and . . . 

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Washington Voters Trumpet and Roar Against Wildlife Trafficking – Sending Signal to the Nation

By on November 4, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Washington Voters Trumpet and Roar Against Wildlife Trafficking – Sending Signal to the Nation

In as emphatic an electoral triumph as you will see in American politics, Washington voters approved I-1401, giving the measure decisive majorities in every one of the state’s 39 counties. The measure to criminalize the trade in the parts of 10 different species and taxa . . . 

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