Victory! Omnibus signed into law over weekend has major wins on horse racing, slaughter and soring

By on December 28, 2020 with 5 Comments
Victory! Omnibus signed into law over weekend has major wins on horse racing, slaughter and soring

With the signing of the omnibus bill this past weekend, U.S. federal law now includes critical protections for horses we have fought hard for over many years. These include measures to stop the widespread drugging of racehorses and provide increased track safety, keep horse slaughter . . . 

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Rescued beagles are a holiday reminder of why our work – and your support – matters

By on December 23, 2020 with 2 Comments
Rescued beagles are a holiday reminder of why our work – and your support – matters

For you and for all of us at the Humane Society family of organizations, 2020 has been a long year. As we reach its close, I want to give you my highest assurance that we’ve kept our shoulders to the wheel, expanding our lifesaving programs, . . . 

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In 2020, we made progress in China, India and South Korea on ending the dog meat trade

By on December 22, 2020 with 3 Comments
In 2020, we made progress in China, India and South Korea on ending the dog meat trade

The pandemic posed many challenges for our Humane Society International staff working to end the dog meat trade in nations where it exists. Travel overseas was difficult if not impossible in most cases, but with millions of dogs still suffering in the dog meat trade, . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

By on December 21, 2020 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

The appropriations bill and accompanying coronavirus relief/stimulus package for fiscal year 2021 now advancing through Congress will bring critical and much-needed support to millions of Americans. We are also pleased to report that the package, which funds federal agencies, includes a number of wins for . . . 

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In 2020, we brought food, essential services to hundreds of thousands of animals and people affected globally by the pandemic

By on December 17, 2020 with 2 Comments
In 2020, we brought food, essential services to hundreds of thousands of animals and people affected globally by the pandemic

The global pandemic posed immense challenges to the animal protection community this year. Around the world, people—and the animals who depend on them—reeled from the impact of illness, death, closures, job losses and difficulty in accessing the most basic services. We stepped in to try . . . 

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Factory farms are baking pigs alive during the pandemic. Veterinarians call for changing guidance on this barbaric killing method

By on December 16, 2020 with 20 Comments
Factory farms are baking pigs alive during the pandemic. Veterinarians call for changing guidance on this barbaric killing method

As a result of slaughterhouse closures during the pandemic, some producers have used a cruel method called “ventilation shutdown,” or VSD, to kill whole herds of pigs. Ventilator shutdown involves locking a flock or herd of animals in a building and turning off the ventilation . . . 

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In 2020, we dismantled more cruel cages on factory farms and set new records for egg-laying hens

By on December 15, 2020 with 1 Comment
In 2020, we dismantled more cruel cages on factory farms and set new records for egg-laying hens

We have made remarkable progress in our work to end cruel cage confinement of farm animals during 2020. As a result, millions more animals around the world will no longer face lives of abject misery in tiny cages and crates on massive factory farms that . . . 

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Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

By on December 14, 2020 with 3 Comments
Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

A mink living in the wild near an infected Utah fur farm has tested positive for the coronavirus, providing yet another pressing reason why the United States needs to end all mink fur farming without further delay. While it is not clear if the infected . . . 

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Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

By on December 11, 2020 with 39 Comments
Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

Missouri, a state that once nearly wiped out its black bear population, has clearly failed to learn from its mistakes. This morning, the four-member Missouri Department of Conservation Commission, made up of political appointees, voted unanimously to allow trophy hunters to kill its black bears . . . 

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In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

By on December 10, 2020 with 3 Comments
In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

Trophy hunting is a cruel and dangerous pastime that is pushing some of the world’s most iconic animals closer to extinction, and the Humane Society family of organizations has put our might behind stopping it. In the past four years we have encountered tremendous challenges . . . 

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Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

By on December 9, 2020 with 32 Comments
Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

The Missouri state wildlife commission will vote this Friday on whether to allow trophy hunters to target the state’s small and still-recovering black bear population. If the proposal passes, up to 500 individuals could get permits to kill bears, including cubs unaccompanied by their mothers. . . . 

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In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

By on December 8, 2020 with 5 Comments
In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

Despite the pandemic, our fight against puppy mills continued full throttle in 2020. We won several important legal and legislative battles against these commercial enterprises that keep large numbers of dogs in sordid conditions, and we continued to raise awareness about problem mills through our . . . 

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