Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

By on August 28, 2019 with 75 Comments
Giraffes, elephants and other animals win big at global wildlife trade conference

The world’s largest wildlife trade conference has just wrapped up in Geneva and as our own Humane Society International team returns home, we are celebrating big wins for 135 wild animal species, including the giraffe, African elephant and southern white rhino. Delegates at the Conference . . . 

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Amazon wildfires illustrate dangers of deforestation for meat production

By on August 27, 2019 with 3 Comments
Amazon wildfires illustrate dangers of deforestation for meat production

As the world looks on in horror at images of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest engulfed in flames, many are asking why this important ecosystem is on fire, and what we can do to put out the flames once and for all. The situation is complex but . . . 

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U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

By on August 26, 2019 with 1 Comment
U.S. proposes new rule to save endangered right whales

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Right whales are critically endangered, with no more than 400 individuals surviving along the U.S. and Canadian coast. But we have an opportunity right now to help save this species. The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering a rule . . . 

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Washington Post reveals White House may have meddled to stop USDA inspectors from helping suffering animals

By on August 23, 2019 with 34 Comments
Washington Post reveals White House may have meddled to stop USDA inspectors from helping suffering animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There are new and explosive revelations about the lengths the Trump administration may be going to in order to prevent U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors from documenting and reporting violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection . . . 

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Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

By on August 22, 2019 with 8 Comments
Mustangs survive the slaughter pipeline and neglect to return to a life of freedom

In June, Humane Society of the United States responders were called in to assist with the rescue of more than 150 horses, mini-horses, mules and donkeys on a property in Camp County, Texas. Among the animals were nine mustangs, who had been removed from the . . . 

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Breaking: HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

By on August 21, 2019 with 13 Comments
Breaking: HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

Last week, the Trump administration fired its latest salvo in an ongoing war on wildlife by finalizing regulations that significantly weaken the Endangered Species Act. Today, a group of environmental and animal protection groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, filed a lawsuit . . . 

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Breaking news: Association of Zoos and Aquariums announces ban on bullhooks for elephants

By on August 21, 2019 with 1 Comment
Breaking news: Association of Zoos and Aquariums announces ban on bullhooks for elephants

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced this morning that it will phase out the use of bullhooks on elephants at its member zoos, taking the United States a giant step forward toward relegating these instruments of torture to history. According to an article in . . . 

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EPA says it will review use of deadly cyanide bombs to kill native carnivores

By on August 20, 2019 with 2 Comments
EPA says it will review use of deadly cyanide bombs to kill native carnivores

In a welcome move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will reevaluate its approval of cyanide bombs called M-44s – devices that state and federal agencies scatter around public and private lands to kill coyotes who are seen as posing a threat to . . . 

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In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

By on August 19, 2019 with 4 Comments
In historic step forward, nations signal strong support to end capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos

Delegates at the world’s largest conference on endangered species have voted to end the cruel capture and export of wild African elephants to zoos worldwide, giving these beleaguered animals, already under attack from trophy hunters and poachers, a historic win. While this vote will need . . . 

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Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

By on August 15, 2019 with 1 Comment
Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

The Lion King is breaking box office records worldwide, with $1.335 billion in cumulative global box office receipts, including $472.8 million in the United States, as of last weekend. More importantly, it’s delighting audiences everywhere, which is hardly surprising, given the deep appeal that animals . . . 

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HSUS, HSLF file lawsuit to compel USDA to reinstate soring rule

By on August 14, 2019 with 17 Comments
HSUS, HSLF file lawsuit  to compel USDA to reinstate soring rule

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Just weeks after the historic passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 693, in the U.S. House of Representatives, we’re opening up another front in our fight against horse “soring.” Today the Humane Society of the . . . 

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A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

By on August 13, 2019 with 3 Comments
A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

A new video we’ve released blows the lid off of a dirty secret, that America’s iconic mountain lions are being killed at unsustainably high numbers for nothing more than trophies. In our video, you can learn from leading scientists about the myths behind trophy hunting . . . 

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