Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for new expedition to slaughter Antarctic whales

By on November 14, 2017 with 7 Comments
Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for new expedition to slaughter Antarctic whales

Since November 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been one of President Trump’s strongest suitors, intent on persuading the United States to maintain its customary role as the guarantor of the post-war security alliance that has been one element of Japan’s economic success for decades. That puts the United States in a strong position . . . 

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Image of elephant set on fire in India spurs HSI plan of action

By on November 13, 2017 with 20 Comments
Image of elephant set on fire in India spurs HSI plan of action

Titled “Hell is Here,” the photo is as jarring as they come: two elephants, one a baby, fleeing a jeering mob with murderous intentions, the juvenile pachyderm partially engulfed in flames. The mother elephant is in the lead, her ears angled forward, visibly distressed as she tries to get her baby away from the danger. . . . 

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Lush steps up fight to end animal testing

By on November 10, 2017 with 2 Comments
Lush steps up fight to end animal testing

The HSUS and its affiliates have long worked to phase out cosmetic, chemical, and pesticide tests on animals. That work is grounded on a value system focused on preventing needless suffering of animals, but also on the principle that science and innovation can provide us with better, faster, and cheaper ways to do risk assessment . . . 

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Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

By on November 9, 2017 with 5 Comments
Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. In doing so, the agency has again poked a thumb in the eye of thousands of family farmers . . . 

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Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

By on November 8, 2017 with 17 Comments
Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

Trophy hunting organizations and state fish and wildlife agencies are in cahoots in the Southwest in executing ruthless mountain lion killing programs, typically involving radio telemetry equipment, packs of hounds, and rifles and bows they use to shoot lions they’ve driven into trees to kill at point-blank range. The trophy hunters are motivated by bragging . . . 

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Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

By on November 7, 2017 with 16 Comments
Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Devin Patrick Kelley was a miscreant as an adult—a sick and deranged human being, who left death and suffering and heartache in his wake. His worst act was the mass murder that he alone executed on Sunday, at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. But his burst of violence was not without some major . . . 

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Honors among thieves

By on November 6, 2017 with 5 Comments
Honors among thieves

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a practice known as “soring,” where trainers injure the feet or . . . 

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HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

By on November 3, 2017 with 4 Comments
HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the campaign next week, with a series of two dozen grassroots . . . 

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HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

By on November 2, 2017 with 6 Comments
HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

The images in the video are the kind that tear more than tug at the hearts of dog lovers. Animals are snatched from the streets (including owned pets), their muzzles tied tight with strings, after which they are stuffed into small sacks and packed into trucks like vegetables or wine bottles, barely able to move . . . 

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New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

By on November 1, 2017 with 13 Comments
New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

When Hurricane Maria scoured the landscape of Puerto Rico, it killed people. It flattened and swallowed structures. It cut off power and left people in the dark and without refrigeration or air conditioning. It killed a lot of animals. We know, because our teams were there after the storm hit, providing humanitarian assistance and animal . . . 

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