Even as slaughterhouses emerge as pandemic hotspots, USDA grants record number of waivers to dial up chicken slaughter speeds

By on April 23, 2020 with 15 Comments
Even as slaughterhouses emerge as pandemic hotspots, USDA grants record number of waivers to dial up chicken slaughter speeds

The federal government has handed out a record number of waivers this month for chicken slaughterhouses to dial up the already dangerous speeds at which they kill birds. The development not only raises animal welfare concerns, but it comes at a time when slaughterhouses have . . . 

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On Earth Day, images of thriving wildlife remind us of the need to preserve our planet’s diversity

By on April 22, 2020 with 2 Comments
On Earth Day, images of thriving wildlife remind us of the need to preserve our planet’s diversity

You’ve seen those cute videos and heartwarming news stories: kangaroos hopping through the streets of Adelaide, Australia; penguins exploring Cape Town, South Africa; deer grazing on the lawn of an apartment complex in London; bears stretching their legs in Yosemite National Park; and coyotes wandering . . . 

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Volunteers boost the HSUS’s critical work during coronavirus crisis

By on April 21, 2020 with 0 Comments
Volunteers boost the HSUS’s critical work during coronavirus crisis

One of the Humane Society of the United States’ greatest strengths is our army of volunteers. These are people across the country who take action in large numbers when we call upon them to help carry out our important work. Whether it involves gathering signatures . . . 

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Pets for Life brings lifesaving services to underserved areas amidst pandemic

By on April 20, 2020 with 1 Comment
Pets for Life brings lifesaving services to underserved areas amidst pandemic

Many communities hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis are those that were already underserved. These are the communities that have high rates of poverty and limited access to veterinary and other pet care services but where we see so much love and heartwarming bonds between . . . 

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At Black Beauty Ranch, 800-plus animals continue an uninterrupted journey of comfort amidst a pandemic

By on April 17, 2020 with 2 Comments
At Black Beauty Ranch, 800-plus animals continue an uninterrupted journey of comfort amidst a pandemic

For Alex and Loki, our two resident tigers at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, spring brings lots of new opportunities for fun and play. Loki, especially, loves hunkering down in the tall grass in his enclosure at the sanctuary, says Noelle . . . 

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Veterinarians address pet owners’ concerns about the coronavirus

By on April 16, 2020 with 0 Comments
Veterinarians address pet owners’ concerns about the coronavirus

Global and U.S. health authorities have stated that there is no evidence at this time that domestic animals can transmit the novel coronavirus to humans. But recent reports about humans transmitting the coronavirus to a handful of animals under their care (two pet dogs, a . . . 

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Breaking news: Second city in mainland China bans dog and cat meat trade

By on April 15, 2020 with 3 Comments
Breaking news: Second city in mainland China bans dog and cat meat trade

A second city in mainland China has banned dog and cat meat, striking the latest in a series of blows against this cruel trade that causes immeasurable suffering and pain for millions of animals each year. The city of Zhuhai announced that dogs and cats . . . 

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More than 86 million egg-laying hens in the U.S. are now cage-free

By on April 15, 2020 with 2 Comments
More than 86 million egg-laying hens in the U.S. are now cage-free

New federal data released this month shows the enormous progress we have made toward the goal of ending the cruel cage confinement of farm animals in the United States. More than a quarter (26.2%) of eggs produced in our nation are now cage-free, according to . . . 

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World Health Organization says nations should end wildlife trade

By on April 14, 2020 with 5 Comments
World Health Organization says nations should end wildlife trade

The World Health Organization is calling on nations to end wildlife markets because of the high risk they pose for the spread of pathogens like the coronavirus that can jump from animals to humans. This week, David Nabarro, a medical doctor and the special envoy . . . 

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HSUS survey shows pet stores do brisk business selling puppy mill dogs during pandemic

By on April 13, 2020 with 7 Comments
HSUS survey shows pet stores do brisk business selling puppy mill dogs during pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, shelters and rescues have pivoted swiftly to ensure that more animals get adopted and to make space for others in need. I’ve been reporting on this blog about shelters and rescue groups successfully placing animals into loving homes . . . 

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China’s recognition of dogs as companion animals bodes well for its animal welfare future

By on April 10, 2020 with 5 Comments
China’s recognition of dogs as companion animals bodes well for its animal welfare future

There is unprecedented focus on the challenges of animal welfare in China in the wake of COVID -19. The sharpening international scrutiny of its wildlife markets and wildlife trade will shake up animal protection policy in China and around the world. The news that a . . . 

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Washington state plans to increase trophy hunting of cougars despite widespread public opposition

By on April 9, 2020 with 31 Comments
Washington state plans to increase trophy hunting of cougars despite widespread public opposition

Every day produces ample evidence that those involved with harming and killing animals don’t take a break, even during a national emergency. And neither do we. The latest example involves a proposal to expand trophy hunting of cougars in Washington State. The Washington Department of . . . 

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