Right whales are now ‘critically endangered’—just a step away from extinction

By on July 10, 2020 with 5 Comments
Right whales are now ‘critically endangered’—just a step away from extinction

In late June, the body of a dead North Atlantic right whale calf was found floating off the coast of New Jersey—a victim of two boat strikes, according to a preliminary analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While this would have been a . . . 

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Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

By on July 9, 2020 with 1 Comment
Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

Provisions for funding programs to protect wild horses and burros, gray wolves, animals used in research and testing, as well as elephants and lions, who are commonly the target of American trophy hunters, were among several animal welfare measures approved this week by House appropriations . . . 

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Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

By on July 9, 2020 with 3 Comments
Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

For a few days now, Bruno the bear has been something of a celebrity around the world. Hundreds of people have flocked to catch a glimpse of this wandering bear who is reported to have walked to Missouri all the way from Wisconsin, journeying through . . . 

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Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

By on July 8, 2020 with 14 Comments
Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

A federal appeals court has agreed that Yellowstone grizzly bears should continue to receive protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, ensuring that these iconic American carnivores will not be hunted for trophies. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion today upholding . . . 

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HSI undercover investigation shows foxes bludgeoned, skinned alive on Asian fur farms

By on July 7, 2020 with 17 Comments
HSI undercover investigation shows foxes bludgeoned, skinned alive on Asian fur farms

The cruelty of fur is on terrifying display in these scenes from a fur farm, captured on video by investigators working with Humane Society International. Foxes are pulled out of their cages, one by one, usually by their tails as they try to cling to . . . 

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House subcommittees boost funds for key animal protection measures on wildlife trafficking, slaughterhouse kill speeds and horse soring and slaughter

By on July 7, 2020 with 3 Comments
House subcommittees boost funds for key animal protection measures on wildlife trafficking, slaughterhouse kill speeds and horse soring and slaughter

Congress has begun its annual process of funding federal departments, agencies and programs, and last night two House subcommittees voted to include several crucial provisions benefiting animals in their FY2021 appropriations bills. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee bill presented by Chairman Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., included vital . . . 

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Indian state of Nagaland bans dog meat trade

By on July 6, 2020 with 5 Comments
Indian state of Nagaland bans dog meat trade

We have more good news to report in our global fight against the dog meat trade. The Indian state of Nagaland last Friday announced an end to all import, trade and sales of live dogs and dog meat. The ban would end the terrible suffering . . . 

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Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

By on July 2, 2020 with 11 Comments
Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

We have good news to share from Mississippi and Iowa, the only two states in the nation without a law on the books that would make acts of animal torture, like burning, drowning and intentional starvation, an automatic felony. Recently, Mississippi’s state legislature passed a . . . 

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Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

By on July 1, 2020 with 22 Comments
Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

Three years ago, Americans were stunned to learn that puppies and adult dogs were being subjected to gruesome surgeries, induced heart attacks and other invasive procedures, and then being euthanized, as part of taxpayer-funded medical experiments being carried out at the McGuire Medical Center in . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

By on July 1, 2020 with 7 Comments
Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

The U.S. House has just approved provisions that would make highways safer for wildlife to cross and create safer conditions to transport horses across the country, as part of the Moving Forward Act, a package of reforms designed to restore America’s aging infrastructure. The measures . . . 

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Breaking news: Colorado becomes seventh U.S. state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

By on July 1, 2020 with 12 Comments
Breaking news: Colorado becomes seventh U.S. state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Colorado has just banned cages for egg-laying chickens and will require that eggs produced and sold in the state be cage-free. The bill, which passed both chambers of the state legislature in June, was signed moments ago by Gov. Jared Polis. The new law will . . . 

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Taking humane summer camps online

By on June 30, 2020 with 1 Comment
Taking humane summer camps online

Like most parents in this strange moment, I’ve spent the last few months watching my daughter complete her senior year and graduation ceremony largely online. This summer she had planned to work as a camp counselor to earn spending money for college but the camp, . . . 

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