New York state bans cosmetics animal testing, capping off a year of wins for animals in labs

By on December 28, 2022 with 2 Comments
New York state bans cosmetics animal testing, capping off a year of wins for animals in labs

With Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature earlier this month, New York became the 10th state in the U.S. to prevent the sale of cosmetics that have been newly tested on animals. This represents just the latest gain in a worldwide movement to end cosmetics animal testing . . . 

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Big Cat Public Safety Act becomes law, capping off year of wins for wild animals

By on December 22, 2022 with 2 Comments
Big Cat Public Safety Act becomes law, capping off year of wins for wild animals

The exploitation and abuse of big cats as props for paid public interactions at roadside attractions will soon be a thing of the past. As we recently shared, the Big Cat Public Safety Act, something we’ve been working on for over a decade, passed the . . . 

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2022 was a winning year in our fight to stop puppy mills

By on December 21, 2022 with 4 Comments
2022 was a winning year in our fight to stop puppy mills

If you’ve been following our advocacy for dogs and cats in puppy and kitten mills, you already know that these mega-breeding facilities treat dog and cat mothers and fathers like moneymaking machines with little to no regard for their health or well-being. Thankfully, each year, . . . 

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2023 federal spending package reflects solid commitment to animal welfare

By on December 20, 2022 with 1 Comment
2023 federal spending package reflects solid commitment to animal welfare

Update 12/29/22: President Biden has signed the fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations package into law—a big win for animals! We’ve had remarkable success in our end-of-session push for critical legislation in the U.S. Congress, with the Big Cat Public Safety Act, Shark Fin Sales Elimination . . . 

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Breaking: Major wins for sharks and other wild animals in key legislative package

By on December 15, 2022 with 5 Comments
Breaking: Major wins for sharks and other wild animals in key legislative package

Update 12/23/22: President Biden has signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, which removes the U.S. from the cruel shark fin trade and helps to combat wildlife trafficking. There have been some massive wins for animals recently in the U.S., as the Congress acts . . . 

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Breaking: In major blow to puppy mills, New York ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

By on December 15, 2022 with 19 Comments
Breaking: In major blow to puppy mills, New York ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

In a crushing blow to puppy mills and their pet store sales outlets, New York just became the sixth state in the U.S. to prohibit the sale of puppies in pet stores. Dozens of puppy-selling pet stores—about 10% of all such stores in the nation—currently . . . 

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Making the joys of pet ownership available to all

By on December 13, 2022 with 5 Comments
Making the joys of pet ownership available to all

In one of the most pervasive inequities across the U.S., tens of millions of families with pets struggle to gain access to care and resources for their companion animals. We believe that a deep connection with pets transcends boundaries of socioeconomics, race, ethnicity and geography, . . . 

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How we kept fighting to save dogs and end the dog meat trade in 2022

By on December 8, 2022 with 5 Comments
How we kept fighting to save dogs and end the dog meat trade in 2022

It never becomes easier to witness the immense suffering caused by the dog and cat meat trades or to think about the estimated 30 million dogs and millions of cats who are stolen or farmed, trafficked and slaughtered every year to supply meat for human . . . 

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Major win! US Senate passes the Big Cat Public Safety Act

By on December 6, 2022 with 165 Comments
Major win! US Senate passes the Big Cat Public Safety Act

Update 12/20/22: President Biden signed the Big Cat Public Safety Act into law. In a major advance in our long fight against the abuse of captive big cats, the U.S. Senate just passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263/ S. 1210), a bill . . . 

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In 2022, we moved even closer to a fur-free future

By on December 5, 2022 with 5 Comments
In 2022, we moved even closer to a fur-free future

One of my fondest memories from this year was celebrating the monumental progress we made toward ending the fur trade at our To the Rescue! gala in New York. The event showcased the next generation of sustainable, animal-friendly materials—like leather made from mushrooms and fur . . . 

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How you can help your local animal shelter or rescue this holiday season

By on December 1, 2022 with 7 Comments
How you can help your local animal shelter or rescue this holiday season

Earlier this year, we completed the largest transport of dogs we’ve ever undertaken. (You probably remember the Beaglemania that ensued after a court approved the transfer of 3,776 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied dogs to animal testing laboratories.) It took us 58 days, . . . 

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Building a brighter future for Bolivia’s dogs and cats

By on November 29, 2022 with 3 Comments
Building a brighter future for Bolivia’s dogs and cats

Dr. Katherine Polak, the vice president of Companion Animals and Engagement for Humane Society International, recently returned from HSI’s dedicated veterinary training center in La Paz, Bolivia, the only such center in the country. In this guest blog, Dr. Polak gives us an inside look . . . 

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