Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

By on March 6, 2019 with 12 Comments
Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will issue a proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all of the lower 48 states, further jeopardizing animals in a fragile state of . . . 

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Cuddling a baby tiger or riding an elephant could leave you more guilty than gratified, study says

By on March 5, 2019 with 5 Comments
Cuddling a baby tiger or riding an elephant could leave you more guilty than gratified, study says

Walking alongside a lion in South Africa or feeding a baby tiger with a milk bottle at a roadside zoo stateside as you smile into the camera might seem like a novel idea, but it never has a good outcome for the animal. And increasingly, . . . 

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MASH-style clinics bring lifesaving services to pets on U.S. reservations

By on March 4, 2019 with 3 Comments
MASH-style clinics bring lifesaving services to pets on U.S. reservations

When Brown Puppy’s family brought him into the Rural Area Veterinary Services clinic in San Carlos, Arizona, he was suffering from a bad head wound. Another dog had bitten him, and Brown Puppy’s head was so swollen that he could not lift it. His eyes . . . 

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USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

By on February 28, 2019 with 8 Comments
USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is . . . 

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At one-of-a-kind animal shelter in Louisiana, prison inmates bond with dogs rescued from Korea’s meat trade

By on February 27, 2019 with 3 Comments
At one-of-a-kind animal shelter in Louisiana, prison inmates bond with dogs rescued from Korea’s meat trade

Last month, 10 dogs rescued by our Humane Society International responders from a Korean dog meat farm arrived at a special animal shelter near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Pen Pals, Inc. is housed at the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, and it is the only prison-based . . . 

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Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By on February 26, 2019 with 4 Comments
Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Thousands of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats are kept in private homes and poorly run exhibits across the United States. These wild and dangerous animals are forced to spend their lives in inhumane conditions, locked up in . . . 

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Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

By on February 25, 2019 with 4 Comments
Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

The southern African nation of Botswana may be on the verge of bucking the global trend against trophy hunting. Last week, a subcommittee appointed by the president made the recommendation to end a ban on trophy hunting which has been in effect in the country . . . 

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Iceland says it may kill 2,000 whales over next five years

By on February 22, 2019 with 6 Comments
Iceland says it may kill 2,000 whales over next five years

Iceland has announced it may kill more than 2,000 whales over the next five years, despite a declining market for whale meat and a growing sentiment against whaling among the Nordic country’s own citizens. Earlier this week, the Icelandic fisheries minister issued new commercial whaling . . . 

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Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By on February 21, 2019 with 9 Comments
Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Procter & Gamble, maker of popular household brands like Herbal Essences, Pantene and Head & Shoulders, today announced it will join with our #BeCrueltyFree campaign to ban all animal testing for its cosmetics products in major global markets by . . . 

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In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

By on February 20, 2019 with 4 Comments
In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

Wyoming’s crusade to declare open season on grizzly bears hit an unprecedented low this week when Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a statute that gives state officials the authority to open a trophy hunting season on grizzly bears and relocate bears to other states . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

By on February 19, 2019 with 3 Comments
Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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Happy Tails from Valentine’s Day at the HSUS and HSI

By on February 15, 2019 with 3 Comments
Happy Tails from Valentine’s Day at the HSUS and HSI

Who doesn’t love a good Valentine’s Day tale, especially one involving dog rescue? We celebrated several such “tails” this last week, all tied to our global campaign to end the dog meat trade. In the first instance, Humane Society International responders deployed to a dog . . . 

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