California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

By on September 3, 2020 with 0 Comments
California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California, which took the pioneering move of banning mountain lion trophy hunting three decades ago, is still standing strong for these iconic animals. This week, California lawmakers passed groundbreaking legislation to ban the use of certain rodenticides that have been held responsible for the illness . . . 

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Creating a humane legacy for animals

By on September 2, 2020 with 1 Comment
Creating a humane legacy for animals

Just about every one of us who comes into this work has the same question in mind: “What can I do to make a difference?” In the end it’s something that we each have to answer for ourselves. But there is no shortage of good . . . 

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USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

By on September 1, 2020 with 9 Comments
USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency tasked with protecting American wildlife, is getting closer to allowing trophy hunters and cattle ranchers to open season on the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic—as well as most persecuted—animals. USFWS director Aurelia Skipwith . . . 

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Sen. Mitch McConnell will introduce bill to reform horse racing

By on August 31, 2020 with 1 Comment
Sen. Mitch McConnell will introduce bill to reform horse racing

Days before the Kentucky Derby kicks off in his home state next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced he will introduce a bill to reform horse racing. This is a promising development for the future of race horses in a sport that has . . . 

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Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

By on August 28, 2020 with 10 Comments
Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

Wednesday was freedom day for Pearl, the Weimaraner rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill, whose emaciated condition after her rescue, with every rib in her body showing, shocked so many of you when we first featured her on this blog. Last week we shared . . . 

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Breaking news: Netherlands will close all mink fur farms by next year

By on August 27, 2020 with 1 Comment
Breaking news: Netherlands will close all mink fur farms by next year

The Netherlands, the first country to report a coronavirus outbreak on its mink fur farms, will close all such farms by March next year, two and a half years ahead of a previous deadline. The decision, reported today by the Dutch national news service NOS, . . . 

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HSUS, other groups sue feds for opening Alaska’s wildlife to cruel trophy hunting methods

By on August 26, 2020 with 5 Comments
HSUS, other groups sue feds for opening Alaska’s wildlife to cruel trophy hunting methods

In June, the federal government finalized a rule to appease trophy hunters by allowing some of the cruelest of killing methods on 20 million acres of Alaska’s national preserves. Today, the Humane Society of the United States, along with a coalition of conservation and animal . . . 

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U.S. proposes more changes to chip away at Endangered Species Act

By on August 25, 2020 with 2 Comments
U.S. proposes more changes to chip away at Endangered Species Act

The federal government has fired another volley in its assault on the Endangered Species Act, and this time it’s aimed at paving the way for corporations to take over lands that could, if​ conserved and restored, help in the recovery of imperiled American wildlife. Under . . . 

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HSI deploys to assist with rescue efforts in Beirut; HSUS transporting dogs, cats out of storm path in Gulf Coast

By on August 24, 2020 with 1 Comment
HSI deploys to assist with rescue efforts in Beirut; HSUS transporting dogs, cats out of storm path in Gulf Coast

Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International rescue teams are now deploying to assist people and their pets in multiple disaster-affected areas, including Beirut, Lebanon, the site of a massive chemical explosion earlier this month, and parts of the United States that . . . 

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North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

By on August 21, 2020 with 14 Comments
North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

In March, I shared with you this photo of a dog who was rescued from a puppy mill in Caldwell County, North Carolina, along with more than 30 others. This week, the breeder responsible for her condition pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced . . . 

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U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

By on August 20, 2020 with 4 Comments
U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

The U.S. mink industry is in rapid decline, with the drop beginning well before coronavirus outbreaks on mink fur farms here and overseas renewed concerns over this outmoded and cruel industry that’s responsible for so much animal suffering. Last year was the industry’s worst on . . . 

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USDA suspends license of roadside zoo where Joe Exotic abused tigers

By on August 19, 2020 with 5 Comments
USDA suspends license of roadside zoo where Joe Exotic abused tigers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of the roadside zoo where self-styled “Tiger King” Joe Exotic bred, held captive and mistreated hundreds of tigers and other wild animals for two decades. Soon after news of the suspension—which is for a period of . . . 

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