Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

By on March 8, 2017 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

It’s an alarming and revealing photo – a group of four game wardens in Kenya, guns in hand, surrounding a large adult male northern white rhino. That picture tells two stories: one revealing human avarice, but the other reminding us of human grace and resolve . . . 

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Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

By on March 7, 2017 with 52 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

If we are going to ask the rest of the world to end the era of dog- and cat-meat consumption, we have to establish a bright-line legal standard against the practice in the United States. We took one big step toward achieving that goal today . . . 

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Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

By on March 6, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday, all but clearing the way for the state to allow an open season on the small population . . . 

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Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

By on March 3, 2017 with 69 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

So much for sober-minded consultation, careful study of the data, and thoughtful analysis from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other experts on his staff. Before the chair in his office was even warm, and just after he dismounted from his horse, Interior Secretary . . . 

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Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

By on March 2, 2017 with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

In an important ruling for dogs and a critical ruling for all animals protected by local and state laws, a federal appeals court today upheld New York City’s law restricting pet stores to selling only dogs obtained from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of . . . 

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My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

By on March 1, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

On this blog, I write about urgent battles for animals, answer the critics and adversaries of animal protection, and comment on trends and major news in the world of animal protection. But I also see this as a platform for big thinkers who associate themselves . . . 

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Breaking news: Guatemala passes omnibus anti-cruelty law, striking blow against wide range of practices

By on February 28, 2017 with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Guatemala passes omnibus anti-cruelty law, striking blow against wide range of practices

Guatemala, Central America’s biggest and most populous nation with more than 15 million people, has adopted one of the world’s most comprehensive anti-cruelty laws – an omnibus measure that, in addition to its basic anti-cruelty provisions, creates protections for wildlife, companion animals, animals used in . . . 

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Which path will the USDA choose: Transparency or a cover-up and collusion?

By on February 27, 2017 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Which path will the USDA choose: Transparency or a cover-up and collusion?

The coalition of groups demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture restore inspection reports and violation notices called for under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act is growing at a rapid pace and strengthening its reach. Last week New York Attorney General . . . 

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Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

By on February 24, 2017 with 74 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

I am used to the nattering and claptrap of people who try to justify or excuse their acts of animal cruelty. They may dress it up as some kind of tradition, a personal right or freedom, a sort of social norm, or even an economic . . . 

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No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

By on February 23, 2017 with 25 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

Traveling home to their districts, members of Congress are hearing from riled-up constituents like never before – and right on the heels of a tremendously contentious election. On Capitol Hill, telephone lines are being overwhelmed repeatedly by the fresh concerns of Americans roused to action. . . . 

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Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

By on February 22, 2017 with 89 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Last week’s vote on H.J. Res. 69 was one of the most disturbing actions by Congress I’ve witnessed during more than a quarter century of political advocacy for animals. By a 225 to 195 vote, a narrow majority of the U.S. House voted to rescind . . . 

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Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

By on February 21, 2017 with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

We launched our Humane Puerto Rico program two years ago because animals are in crisis in this long-neglected, populous part of the United States. One fact, among all others, stared us in the face: some shelters in the Commonwealth had a euthanasia rate of 95 . . . 

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