Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

By on April 9, 2021 with 12 Comments
Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

Maryland legislators have just passed a bill banning wildlife killing contests—cruel events where participants compete to win cash and prizes for killing the most or the heaviest animals. The vote comes just over a year after we did an undercover investigation of such contests in . . . 

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Breaking news: Saks Fifth Avenue will ditch fur

By on April 7, 2021 with 14 Comments
Breaking news: Saks Fifth Avenue will ditch fur

Saks Fifth Avenue, a North American retailer synonymous with luxury fashion, announced today that it will end sales of all fur products in its stores by the end of 2022. Saks follows in the footsteps of other major retailers, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, all . . . 

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California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

By on April 7, 2021 with 8 Comments
California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

As a bill to outlaw chemical tests on dogs that are not required by law advances in California, we are releasing a new poll today that shows overwhelming support among the state’s residents for ending such procedures. The poll, commissioned by the Humane Society of . . . 

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In HSI’s ‘Save Ralph,’ a lovable spokesbunny makes a case for ending cosmetics animal testing

By on April 6, 2021 with 27 Comments
In HSI’s ‘Save Ralph,’ a lovable spokesbunny makes a case for ending cosmetics animal testing

Animals used by the cosmetics testing industry have long suffered in silence. But they now have a new spokesbunny, Ralph, who is telling it like it is. “Save Ralph” is a powerful stop-motion animation short film featuring Oscar winner Taika Waititi as the voice of . . . 

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In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

By on April 5, 2021 with 5 Comments
In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

Most Americans do not support the wanton killing of wolves and other wildlife by trophy hunters and want them protected. But state wildlife managers, instead of respecting the majority and the science, are often eager to appease a shrinking population of trophy hunters and trappers. . . . 

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Korean musician who adopted meat farm dog works to change misconceptions in her country

By on April 2, 2021 with 8 Comments
Korean musician who adopted meat farm dog works to change misconceptions in her country

Perceptions in South Korea about dog meat are changing, with more Koreans than ever before supporting a ban on it. But some within the country continue to believe that “meat” dogs are somehow different from “pet dogs” and therefore not adoptable. Humane Society International is . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

By on April 1, 2021 with 5 Comments
Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states should retain their current protections under the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the primary federal agency that makes decisions on the conservation of wildlife species. This is encouraging news for these native . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

By on March 31, 2021 with 27 Comments
Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Animals are on a winning streak. Over just the last two days, we’ve had four terrific victories in U.S. federal courts that pave the way for progress for millions of animals. These include wildlife in the United States and overseas most often targeted by trophy . . . 

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Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers say ‘no’ to new cosmetics tests on animals

By on March 30, 2021 with 12 Comments
Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers say ‘no’ to new cosmetics tests on animals

Maryland will soon become the fifth U.S. state to say no to cosmetics testing on animals. State lawmakers last night voted to prohibit new tests on animals for cosmetics and all sales of newly-animal-tested cosmetics beginning July 2022. The Senate and House versions of the . . . 

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Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

By on March 30, 2021 with 1 Comment
Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

A federal district court has cleared the way for our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s irresponsible and dangerous plans for responding to outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as the “bird flu.” The agency’s current plans, which we and our allies . . . 

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Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga go fur-free

By on March 29, 2021 with 11 Comments
Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga go fur-free

Two of fashion’s most iconic brands, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, have announced they no longer use animal fur in their lines. Alexander McQueen, a top British brand, and Balenciaga, a luxury Spanish brand, are the latest houses in the Kering Group, a luxury fashion group . . . 

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African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

By on March 26, 2021 with 4 Comments
African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

Scientists and conservationists have long warned about drastic drops in African elephant populations because of habitat loss, conflicts with humans and poaching for ivory. Trophy hunters exacerbate the problem by mowing elephants down for fun. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature sounded a . . . 

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