World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

By on November 13, 2020 with 14 Comments
World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

By on November 13, 2020 with 1 Comment
U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

The United States is one of the world’s largest destinations for illegal wildlife products. Each year, traffickers smuggle in millions of dollars’ worth of items from poached animals, including shark fins, pangolin scales, ivory trinkets, animal trophies, and live animals like monkeys, parrots and snakes . . . 

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For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

By on November 12, 2020 with 1 Comment
For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

The reinstatement of the 2016 federal rule to address the abhorrent and widely scorned practice of horse soring in the Tennessee walking horse industry should be an easy decision for the incoming administration. The rule, which the Humane Society of the United States and the . . . 

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Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

By on November 11, 2020 with 4 Comments
Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

One of the most miraculous things about animals is their extraordinary ability to heal and love. It is something we witness time and again in our work, especially with the dogs we rescue from South Korean dog meat farms. Last month, I told you about . . . 

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Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

By on November 10, 2020 with 2 Comments
Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released a package of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, and it is a mixed bag for animals. The House has already approved its appropriations bills, which fund federal government agencies, and they include significant protections for animals, . . . 

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A time of hope for animals

By on November 9, 2020 with 2 Comments
A time of hope for animals

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris head to the White House, they bring with them a proven track record of protecting animals. In past years, we have worked with both the president- and vice-president-elect to strengthen laws on wildlife, marine mammals, farm animals, and so . . . 

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HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

By on November 6, 2020 with 35 Comments
HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

When the United States stripped federal protections for wolves last week, giving state managers in the lower 48 states the ability to greenlight trophy hunting and trapping seasons on these animals, we promised to fight this draconian move with every tool at our disposal. This . . . 

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Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

By on November 5, 2020 with 28 Comments
Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Reports from Denmark this week are making it clearer than ever that mink fur farming is a public health minefield and an animal welfare nightmare. The European nation announced that it would slaughter all 15 million mink on its 1,000 fur farms following concerns that . . . 

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Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

By on November 4, 2020 with 0 Comments
Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

At the now defunct Newseum in Washington, D.C., one of the most popular exhibits used to be a photographic display on presidents and their dogs. It was impossible to get in edgeways through the crowds milling around it, and almost everyone had smiles on their . . . 

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Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

By on November 3, 2020 with 8 Comments
Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

A backyard breeder of primates who has been on our radar for years was in the news this week for an incident that defies all common sense. Michael Poggi, who runs his operation from his home in Florida, charged a man $150 in August for . . . 

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Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

By on November 2, 2020 with 3 Comments
Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

An overwhelming majority of Kentucky voters oppose horse soring—the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds—and want Congress to end it, according to the results of a new poll we are releasing today. Seventy-eight percent of . . . 

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San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

By on October 30, 2020 with 6 Comments
San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

In a sweeping victory, San Antonio, Texas, voted last night to prohibit the sale of commercially raised puppies and kittens in pet stores. The city is home to one Petland and three other puppy-selling stores, and it has been a focal point in our work . . . 

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