A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

By on September 27, 2019 with 3 Comments
A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A number of important bills are now making their way through Congress, and this week has been a particularly successful one for wildlife and especially for elephants, rhinos, wolves, wild horses, burros and right whales. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations . . . 

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New York proposes to crack down on private ownership of capuchin monkeys, arctic foxes, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife

By on September 26, 2019 with 0 Comments
New York proposes to crack down on private ownership of capuchin monkeys, arctic foxes, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife

In recent years, our nation has witnessed an epidemic of people acquiring exotic wildlife as pets. Wild animals, including lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees, monkeys, venomous snakes, alligators and other dangerous species are readily available from breeders and even over the Internet. In private hands, these . . . 

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Breaking news: 17 states sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

By on September 25, 2019 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: 17 states sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Today, 17 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and New York City filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from making harmful changes to how the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal . . . 

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Delta bans pit-bull-type dogs while more U.S. localities move to end breed discrimination

By on September 25, 2019 with 4 Comments
Delta bans pit-bull-type dogs while more U.S. localities move to end breed discrimination

This week, Delta Airlines announced it will discontinue its ban on emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. However, in a retrogressive move, the airline said it will continue to prohibit pit-bull-type dogs on its airplanes. Delta’s decision fails to acknowledge what scientists . . . 

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HSI closing down 15th dog meat farm in Korea; 90 dogs saved from slaughter

By on September 24, 2019 with 3 Comments
HSI closing down 15th dog meat farm in Korea; 90 dogs saved from slaughter

Our Humane Society International team is in South Korea, closing down yet another dog meat farm and preparing to transport more than 90 dogs to the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Staff members on the ground describe this farm as smaller in size . . . 

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HSUS and HSI rescue teams continue work to help animals in disaster zones; 120 dogs and cats transported from Texas after Imelda flooding

By on September 23, 2019 with 1 Comment
HSUS and HSI rescue teams continue work to help animals in disaster zones; 120 dogs and cats transported from Texas after Imelda flooding

During the past few weeks, as several hurricanes buffeted the southeastern United States and the Bahamas, our team has been working round the clock, bringing much-needed help and relief to animals. After Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas, claiming dozens of human lives and placing . . . 

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Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

By on September 20, 2019 with 7 Comments
Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

So many of us were saddened this week to learn about the death of Beulah the elephant, who spent most of her 54 years in captivity and chains, working for a Connecticut-based traveling petting zoo. Beulah was just six years old when she was sold . . . 

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Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

By on September 19, 2019 with 11 Comments
Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

In a troubling lapse of moral accountability, a Wyoming state board will allow a man who killed a female wolf in the Grand Teton National Park and then dragged her body out of the park in violation of federal law to continue operating as a . . . 

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Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

By on September 18, 2019 with 24 Comments
Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

Police in Fairfax, Virginia, announced yesterday that they have charged two former managers of a Petland store with animal cruelty on the heels of an undercover investigation we released in April. Our investigation disclosed a pile of dead rabbits in the store’s freezer, and Petland . . . 

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HSI rescuers bring help and hope to animals in hurricane-battered Bahamas

By on September 17, 2019 with 7 Comments
HSI rescuers bring help and hope to animals in hurricane-battered Bahamas

Humane Society International responders are now on the ground in the Bahamas to rescue animals and reunite them with their families, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Our team has spent three days on Abaco island, which was the hardest hit on the archipelago. . . . 

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Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

By on September 17, 2019 with 25 Comments
Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Slaughterhouses in the United States are already allowed to kill pigs at a lightning speed of up to 1,106 animals per hour. Under a new federal rule announced today, some of these facilities can dial up those speeds even . . . 

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Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

By on September 13, 2019 with 1 Comment
Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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