How we work to save animals (part 1): Behind-the-scenes

By on August 2, 2022 with 6 Comments
How we work to save animals (part 1): Behind-the-scenes

If you follow our stories here on this blog or on our social platforms or email lists, you are probably familiar with the central calling that keeps us working day after day: to stand up and fight for all animals who are suffering. You’ve probably . . . 

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Meet the interns creating a better world for animals: Inside our internship program

By on July 28, 2022 with 2 Comments
Meet the interns creating a better world for animals: Inside our internship program

Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting virtually with our organization’s summer intern cohort and the opportunity to meet several interns in person at our Taking Action for Animals conference. I look forward to these meetings in every internship cycle, and so do the . . . 

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Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’ 

By on July 27, 2022 with 19 Comments
Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’ 

Some really good news from a federal courtroom on a fight we’ve long been waging for horses: Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture had unlawfully withdrawn a 2017 rule designed . . . 

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In pictures: Hundreds of beagles spared from animal testing arrive in our care to start new lives

By on July 26, 2022 with 23 Comments
In pictures: Hundreds of beagles spared from animal testing arrive in our care to start new lives

Last week, we along with several of our shelter and rescue partners embarked on a historic operation and removed the first 432 of approximately 4,000 beagles from Envigo RMS LLC’s facility in Cumberland, Virginia, which bred dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation. I was . . . 

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How to make Shark Week good for sharks

By on July 25, 2022 with 2 Comments
How to make Shark Week good for sharks

Sharks have been around for 450 million years, outliving the dinosaurs and surviving mass extinctions. But now, out of the 500 or so species (that we know of), a third of all sharks and shark-like species are threatened with extinction due to human activity. Some . . . 

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Congress poised to vote! Contact your Reps to help captive big cats in the US

By on July 22, 2022 with 5 Comments
Congress poised to vote! Contact your Reps to help captive big cats in the US

Update: We are delighted to report that the U.S. House passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263, by a strong bipartisan vote of 278 to 134. Thank you for helping us achieve this win by advocating for the bill to your Representative. Now . . . 

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Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

By on July 20, 2022 with 3 Comments
Forty years ago, the world did something amazing for whales

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the global moratorium on commercial whaling, a momentous achievement that turned the course for long persecuted cetacean species. Slow to reproduce, whales were nearly wiped out altogether in the 20th century, with an estimated three million killed for . . . 

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Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

By on July 18, 2022 with 106 Comments
Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

You may have seen in the news that our Animal Rescue Team was approached by the U.S. Department of Justice to remove roughly 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied laboratories that test on animals. We are honored to have been chosen to lead . . . 

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Rescuers arrive for 21 dogs left behind at dog meat farm in South Korea

By on July 15, 2022 with 1 Comment
Rescuers arrive for 21 dogs left behind at dog meat farm in South Korea

Recently, I told you about promising developments in the fight against dog meat in China, where law enforcement, government and animal advocates worked together to shut down an illegal slaughterhouse and rescue the 126 dogs found alive inside. Now I want to take you to . . . 

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One brave chimp’s story shows the many threats facing the species today

By on July 14, 2022 with 3 Comments
One brave chimp’s story shows the many threats facing the species today

Every animal has a story, and for World Chimpanzee Day, I want to tell you David’s. David is a chimp who now lives at Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge, our sanctuary in Liberia. Fiercely loyal to his friends (fellow chimpanzees Rose, Jiminy Cricket and Tipsy), David . . . 

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Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

By on July 12, 2022 with 7 Comments
Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

I know there’s been a lot of discussion on this blog recently about dog meat. As with any battle for a more humane future, the campaigning and advocacy work to end the dog meat trade requires persistence and strength of heart, which can require years . . . 

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Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

By on July 7, 2022 with 4 Comments
Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

In a major win for America’s most imperiled wildlife, this week a U.S. federal judge voided a package of regulations enacted by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act. We’ve been fighting these dangerous rollbacks since they were proposed. And as soon as . . . 

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