Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

By on August 17, 2021 with 5 Comments
Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

With yesterday’s passage of an ordinance banning the sale of certain fur products, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s City Council scored a pair of firsts. The 10-member council’s unanimous vote made Ann Arbor not only the first city in the Midwest to prohibit the sale of fur, . . . 

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‘I rescue animals from disaster areas. Climate change is a gamechanger.’

By on August 16, 2021 with 2 Comments
‘I rescue animals from disaster areas. Climate change is a gamechanger.’

Last week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, one of the most comprehensive assessments of climate change to date. The report draws clear links between human-caused climate change and extreme regional weather events, concluding that some impacts will be . . . 

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Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

By on August 11, 2021 with 0 Comments
Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the $1 trillion infrastructure package, which includes funding for a vast array of public works. Included in this massive bill are some hugely important steps for animals, as well as some opportunities for us to push to strengthen the . . . 

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A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

By on August 10, 2021 with 9 Comments
A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

There are many things we can learn from animals, but one thing that never fails to move me to my core is their resilience. Whether it’s witnessing the dogs learn to play after being saved from dog meat farms in South Korea or seeing my . . . 

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Bears are starting their annual feeding frenzy. Here’s what you should know.

By on August 5, 2021 with 1 Comment
Bears are starting their annual feeding frenzy. Here’s what you should know.

For human beings, the end of summer can mean squeezing in a few last trips to the beach or mountains before school begins and the pace of work picks up. But for bears, the end of summer is a vital life stage; it’s when they . . . 

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What ending the eviction moratorium could mean for families with pets

By on August 4, 2021 with 2 Comments
What ending the eviction moratorium could mean for families with pets

Update 8/27/21: the Supreme Court issued an opinion yesterday ending the CDC order which extended the eviction moratorium in areas of substantial and high transmission of COVID-19 until October 3, 2021. The Humane Society family of organizations remains concerned about what this could mean for . . . 

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Why some veterinarians keep fighting to end one of the worst factory farm practices

By on August 3, 2021 with 9 Comments
Why some veterinarians keep fighting to end one of the worst factory farm practices

It’s a gruesome topic that no one really likes to talk about but last week the methods for “depopulating”—killing—hundreds of thousands of pigs and chickens during a natural or manmade disaster, such as a pandemic like COVID-19, were front and center at a meeting of . . . 

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Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

By on July 30, 2021 with 6 Comments
Otters are suffering and dying because of this bizarre new trend

It is a sad reality that human beings always seem to be inventing new ways to exploit, mistreat and profit from animals, but people can also help correct such harms and point the way to a better and more humane world. One of the most . . . 

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Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

By on July 28, 2021 with 20 Comments
Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Today, a three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously denied an attempt by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation to strike down California’s Proposition 12, considered the strongest farm animal protection law in . . . 

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Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

By on July 28, 2021 with 1 Comment
Mink fur production drops to historic all-time low in the US

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a report on mink fur production, and this year’s report shows a promising outlook for mink, a species that suffers immeasurably for nothing but trim on a jacket, a pom on a hat or purse or eyelash . . . 

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Why food system reform must include animals

By on July 23, 2021 with 4 Comments
Why food system reform must include animals

The newly released Rockefeller Foundation report, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” strengthens the case for substantial reform of animal agriculture in the U.S. and elsewhere. The primary purpose of the report is to demonstrate that the $1.1 . . . 

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Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

By on July 21, 2021 with 0 Comments
Travelers: What you should know about encountering wildlife right now

A poignant Washington Post story about a black bear mourning her 6-month old cub, struck dead by a vehicle in Yosemite National Park, is a reminder that even in wild spaces animals are at risk when they come into contact with humans. Since 1995, motorists . . . 

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