Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

By on March 8, 2021 with 9 Comments
Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

A federal court in New York has rejected a challenge by trade groups to the state’s landmark ban on elephant ivory and rhino horn sales. The ruling is not just a win for these beleaguered animals, whose numbers in the wild are dropping at an . . . 

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Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

By on March 5, 2021 with 9 Comments
Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Cat declawing – the practice of surgically removing a cat’s claws — is a cruel procedure that can be likened to having the last bone of each of your toes amputated. It is unnecessary because there are more humane ways to keep cats from scratching . . . 

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Americans love grizzly bears, but Montana and Wyoming lawmakers are not getting the message

By on March 4, 2021 with 24 Comments
Americans love grizzly bears, but Montana and Wyoming lawmakers are not getting the message

Grizzly 399, often called the world’s most famous grizzly bear, has a fan base of wildlife watchers that numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Each year, dozens of paparazzi attempt to record her every waking moment, from the time she emerges from her den in . . . 

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Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

By on March 3, 2021 with 24 Comments
Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

Since Illinois reopened its bobcat hunts in 2015, after a 40-year hiatus, trophy hunters and trappers have killed nearly 1,400 bobcats using some of the cruelest methods imaginable, like steel-jawed leghold traps. These devices are so painful that the animals sometimes gnaw through their own . . . 

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Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

By on March 2, 2021 with 7 Comments
Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

A dangerous bill in Iowa threatens to undo decades of progress for animals in the state, including dogs suffering in puppy mills and wild animals in traveling exhibits. The bill, SF 483, introduced by Sen. Dan Zumbach, ostensibly seeks to prevent cities and counties from . . . 

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Trophy hunters kill 216 wolves in Wisconsin bloodbath

By on March 1, 2021 with 32 Comments
Trophy hunters kill 216 wolves in Wisconsin bloodbath

A no-holds-barred carnage of wolves in Wisconsin last week, which ended with trophy hunters killing nearly twice the sanctioned quota of animals in just under 60 hours, offers a terrible glimpse into just what lies ahead for these beloved native American carnivores unless the Biden . . . 

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House approves COVID relief package with historic funding commitments for animal-related pandemic prevention

By on February 27, 2021 with 1 Comment
House approves COVID relief package with historic funding commitments for animal-related pandemic prevention

Update (3/6/20201): The Senate has just passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and it includes almost all of the provisions we supported and pushed for that would benefit animals. The House and Senate will next work on a compromise version of the two . . . 

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PREPARED Act would ensure safety of animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos during disasters

By on February 26, 2021 with 0 Comments
PREPARED Act would ensure safety of animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos during disasters

The devastation wrought by the recent deep freeze in Texas is a stark reminder of the urgent need for disaster planning that includes tens of thousands of animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and other enterprises. Today, to address that need, Representatives Dina Titus, D-Nev., . . . 

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Beauty industry trade group wins Spira Award for championing end to new cosmetics animal testing

By on February 25, 2021 with 3 Comments
Beauty industry trade group wins Spira Award for championing end to new cosmetics animal testing

As we worked toward the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act in the last Congress, one of our most important partners was the Personal Care Products Council, the leading industry trade organization that represents more than 90% of the U.S. beauty industry, including our Be . . . 

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‘Pet’ Tiger rescued from freezing San Antonio gets forever home at Black Beauty Ranch

By on February 24, 2021 with 1 Comment
‘Pet’ Tiger rescued from freezing San Antonio gets forever home at Black Beauty Ranch

The freeze in Texas this month turned up a surprise for authorities in Bexar County as they scrambled to get people and pets out of harm’s way: a tiger cub wearing a harness and living as a “pet” outdoors. A neighbor had reported what sounded . . . 

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Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, has a track record of fierce advocacy for animals

By on February 23, 2021 with 6 Comments
Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, has a track record of fierce advocacy for animals

Rep. Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of the Interior, has a proven track record of working on the side of animals. Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed her history-making run for the U.S. House in 2018, and she has since worked swiftly . . . 

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Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey among states moving rapidly to end cosmetics testing

By on February 22, 2021 with 4 Comments
Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey among states moving rapidly to end cosmetics testing

Cosmetics animal testing is on its way out the world over and U.S. states are rapidly moving in the direction of that trend. Just this month lawmakers in three states—Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey—have moved decisively to end the sales of cosmetics tested on animals . . . 

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