In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

By on December 8, 2020 with 2 Comments
In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

Despite the pandemic, our fight against puppy mills continued full throttle in 2020. We won several important legal and legislative battles against these commercial enterprises that keep large numbers of dogs in sordid conditions, and we continued to raise awareness about problem mills through our . . . 

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Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

By on December 7, 2020 with 3 Comments
Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

The year 2020 has seen phenomenal progress in our work to end the use of fur. Nations moved to announce an end to fur production and/or sales, citing the “immoral” nature of this trade that results in the suffering and death of millions of animals . . . 

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U.S. House passes bill to prohibit keeping big cats as pets and for public contact

By on December 3, 2020 with 5 Comments
U.S. House passes bill to prohibit keeping big cats as pets and for public contact

The U.S. House has just passed a bill to prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards as well as ban the possession of these animals as pets. The measure, which now awaits action in the Senate, has the potential to stop . . . 

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Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

By on December 2, 2020 with 5 Comments
Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

The Department of Transportation has just finalized a rule that prohibits airlines from banning pit-bull-type dogs and certain other breeds from serving as service animals on flights. The Humane Society family of organizations has long opposed breed bans because they are unscientific and discriminate against . . . 

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Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

By on December 2, 2020 with 7 Comments
Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

With fewer than 360 North Atlantic right whales surviving on earth today, the clock is ticking for these marine mammals. Today, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund, along with our coalition partners, asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to . . . 

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In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

By on December 1, 2020 with 0 Comments
In 2020, we continued to make tremendous progress for animals; support our lifesaving work this Giving Tuesday

Each December, we round up some of the year’s most notable successes in carrying on the fight for animal protection. For the next several weeks, alongside breaking news about animals and our efforts to protect them, I will bring you our top animal protection victories . . . 

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Three Chicago pet stores continue to sell fake ‘rescue’ dogs; one caught buying directly from breeder

By on November 30, 2020 with 4 Comments
Three Chicago pet stores continue to sell fake ‘rescue’ dogs; one caught buying directly from breeder

For some years now, we have been keeping a close eye on three Chicago pet stores that have been finding their way around a city ordinance that prohibits the sales of commercially raised dogs and cats in pet stores to fight the problem of puppy . . . 

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At the Black Beauty Ranch, Anna Sewell’s words guide a culture of love and caring for horses and other rescued animals

By on November 25, 2020 with 0 Comments
At the Black Beauty Ranch, Anna Sewell’s words guide a culture of love and caring for horses and other rescued animals

This Friday, with the release of Disney’s “Black Beauty,” a new generation of moviegoers will be introduced to Anna Sewell’s beloved story of a horse who goes from a carefree life as a foal to one filled with troubles before returning home to peace and . . . 

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Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

By on November 24, 2020 with 1 Comment
Holidays highlight the importance of pets in our lives

The presence of pets has been one of the silver linings during the pandemic for so many millions of Americans. A recent, evocative NPR story delved into the joys and comforts of such companionship at a time when people are isolated at home and less . . . 

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U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

By on November 23, 2020 with 3 Comments
U.S. inaction on infected fur farms poses serious public health risk

In the midst of a booming coronavirus surge across the United States, a related crisis is brewing on the nation’s mink fur farms where outbreaks have failed to be treated with the same level of concern and seriousness we have seen from other countries. A . . . 

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In historic decision, federal court upholds verdict that Smithfield’s factory farming practices made its neighbors miserable

By on November 20, 2020 with 7 Comments
In historic decision, federal court upholds verdict that Smithfield’s factory farming practices made its neighbors miserable

A federal court has ruled that a jury was right in holding Smithfield responsible for creating a nuisance for a community in the vicinity of a pig growing facility in North Carolina. Neighbors of the Smithfield-affiliated facility, which held 15,000 pigs, had alleged that the . . . 

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With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

By on November 19, 2020 with 7 Comments
With wolves about to lose ESA protections, Wisconsin officials push to open trophy hunt

Update (12/4/2020): Following our letter, the Wisconsin DNR announced today that it will not open a wolf hunt in January 2021, potentially sparing the lives of hundreds of wolves. But the state still plans to open a wolf season in fall 2021, and other states . . . 

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