U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

By on August 20, 2020 with 4 Comments
U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

The U.S. mink industry is in rapid decline, with the drop beginning well before coronavirus outbreaks on mink fur farms here and overseas renewed concerns over this outmoded and cruel industry that’s responsible for so much animal suffering. Last year was the industry’s worst on . . . 

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USDA suspends license of roadside zoo where Joe Exotic abused tigers

By on August 19, 2020 with 5 Comments
USDA suspends license of roadside zoo where Joe Exotic abused tigers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of the roadside zoo where self-styled “Tiger King” Joe Exotic bred, held captive and mistreated hundreds of tigers and other wild animals for two decades. Soon after news of the suspension—which is for a period of . . . 

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HSUS, HSI lawsuit forces U.S. to act to protect pangolins, world’s most trafficked mammals

By on August 18, 2020 with 4 Comments
HSUS, HSI lawsuit forces U.S. to act to protect pangolins, world’s most trafficked mammals

Pangolins—the most trafficked mammals in the world—are one step closer to getting legal protections in the United States that could help reverse their slide toward extinction. In a settlement approved by a federal court today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to consider listing . . . 

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Breaking news: Coronavirus outbreak reported at two Utah mink fur farms

By on August 17, 2020 with 19 Comments
Breaking news: Coronavirus outbreak reported at two Utah mink fur farms

Mink on two fur farms in Utah have tested positive for the coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported today that “unusually large” numbers of animals had died at the two farms, which also reported positive cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, . . . 

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Former Petland manager pleads guilty to animal cruelty, faces jail time following HSUS investigation

By on August 17, 2020 with 8 Comments
Former Petland manager pleads guilty to animal cruelty, faces jail time following HSUS investigation

The former manager of a now-closed Petland store in Fairfax County, Virginia, where our undercover investigation revealed a pile of dead rabbits in the freezer and a shocking lack of veterinary care, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and three other charges of failing to . . . 

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Black Beauty Ranch residents stay safe and cool in the summer heat

By on August 13, 2020 with 0 Comments
Black Beauty Ranch residents stay safe and cool in the summer heat

I was happy to see that so many viewers enjoyed watching the fun video of animals enjoying the summer at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. You can watch it here. As it turns out, when it’s hot out, bears, gibbons, horses, monkeys, . . . 

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This dog’s a survivor!

By on August 12, 2020 with 14 Comments
This dog’s a survivor!

Riptide the dog is a survivor. His story speaks of the worst of humanity, and the best. And his resilience says volumes about the animals we have sworn to help, protect and defend, wherever and however they may be suffering. Whatever we can do for . . . 

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Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

By on August 11, 2020 with 0 Comments
Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

We’ve never cared for the cheap, lurid television programming tied to Shark Week, preferring to join with other groups and media outlets in a celebration of this apex species found in all of the world’s oceans and even sometimes in rivers. Sharks are part of . . . 

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Celebrating lions – and protecting them – across the globe

By on August 10, 2020 with 0 Comments
Celebrating lions – and protecting them – across the globe

Today, on World Lion Day, we celebrate lions as an iconic wild cat species, and we recommit to our campaigns to halt their exploitation and destruction in the United States and abroad. We are giving it all we’ve got. In the wild, of course, this . . . 

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Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

By on August 6, 2020 with 0 Comments
Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have been pressing hard and with steady success to reduce companion animal overpopulation since the 1970s. Lately, we’ve done so with a special focus on underserved communities and constituencies through our Rural Area Veterinary Services, . . . 

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Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

By on August 5, 2020 with 0 Comments
Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

The fundamental purpose of our marquee advocacy training event, Taking Action for Animals Online, occurring on September 19 and 20, is to support greater political and social engagement by those who care about animals. COVID-19 hasn’t changed a thing in that regard, and TAFA 2020 . . . 

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Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

By on August 4, 2020 with 1 Comment
Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

We were pleased with today’s news that U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the U.S. Virgin Islands has reminded Virgin Islanders that animal fighting is now illegal there under federal law. Shappert’s announcement reflected not simply her strong grasp of the connections between animal fighting . . . 

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