United Kingdom, Taiwan announce they will introduce elephant ivory bans

By on April 5, 2018 with 82 Comments
United Kingdom, Taiwan announce they will introduce elephant ivory bans

Two more nations this week announced their decision to come down hard on commercial sales of elephant ivory, further strengthening the global campaign to save these gentle giants from poachers and wildlife traffickers. On Tuesday, the United Kingdom said it will introduce what Prime Minister Teresa May described as “one of the toughest bans on . . . 

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USDA proposes disastrous plan to increase kill speeds at pig slaughterhouses

By on April 4, 2018 with 29 Comments
USDA proposes disastrous plan to increase kill speeds at pig slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouses in the United States are allowed to kill more than 1,000 pigs per hour under current U.S. Department of Agriculture rules. Inside these facilities, employees handling the animals work under immense stress at breakneck speeds, performing repetitive motions in cold, slippery conditions, using dangerous equipment. Now, as if these existing conditions for both the . . . 

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InStyle magazine says no to fur; Fur-free pioneer Gucci among HSUS’s Spira Award recipients

By on April 3, 2018 with 1 Comment
InStyle magazine says no to fur; Fur-free pioneer Gucci among HSUS’s Spira Award recipients

The news that InStyle magazine has joined the shifting tide away from fur signals a remarkable change in the fashion industry’s attitude. Laura Brown, InStyle’s editor-in-chief who did a panel discussion on fur-free fashion with The HSUS’s Humane Generation in February, writes: “I want to be clear that InStyle does not photograph fur nor do . . . 

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As Canada moves to reopen its controversial commercial seal hunt, one more market – India – bans seal skins

By on April 2, 2018 with 11 Comments
As Canada moves to reopen its controversial commercial seal hunt, one more market – India – bans seal skins

In the coming days, Canada is expected to open its commercial seal hunt, where defenseless, weeks-old pups are shot or battered to death with clubs. But we just got some terrific news about India banning the import of seal skins, eliminating yet another potential market for commercial seal skins. Humane Society International and our partner . . . 

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Race to save Riff Raff the elephant

By on March 30, 2018 with 13 Comments
Race to save Riff Raff the elephant

The life of a 40-to-45-year-old collared bull elephant in South Africa is hanging in the balance as conservation groups battle to save him from being shot as a ‘nuisance’ animal on a reserve that’s been his home for more than half his life. Riff Raff is a victim of a growing problem in South Africa, . . . 

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Hercules, Leo, and seven other retirees arrive at Project Chimps

By on March 28, 2018 with 2 Comments
Hercules, Leo, and seven other retirees arrive at Project Chimps

On March 21, the world changed dramatically for two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, who arrived at Project Chimps, a 236-acre HSUS-supported sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, along with seven other young male chimps who are a part of their bonded social group. Hercules and Leo, both 11, did not grow up with . . . 

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‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ takes the nation by storm

By on March 27, 2018 with 0 Comments
‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’ takes the nation by storm

Today’s blog post is guest written by Bernard Unti, Senior Policy Advisor / Special Assistant to the President, Office of the President CEO. The new animated film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero promises to renew the nation’s awareness of a remarkable tale of friendship, loyalty, and devotion. There are few accounts in the history of . . . 

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Big wins for wolves, bears, horses, and other animals in 2018 budget

By on March 23, 2018 with 46 Comments
Big wins for wolves, bears, horses, and other animals in 2018 budget

There’s great news for animals in the final 2018 budget bill that President Trump signed into law today. The bottom line is this: the budget bill includes language to restrict funds from being used to harm horses and to address a purge of key animal enforcement records, it increases federal resources to enforce significant animal . . . 

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Florida’s iguana overpopulation needs a humane solution that doesn’t include bashing in their heads

By on March 23, 2018 with 16 Comments
Florida’s iguana overpopulation needs a humane solution that doesn’t include bashing in their heads

Wildlife control actions go wrong when they lack justifiable objectives, fail to rely on a science-based approach, and fail the test of humaneness. We’ve seen a brutal example of this playing out in South Florida for the last few weeks, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which has hired contractors from the University . . . 

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HSUS Animal Care Expo 2018 – Kansas City is the place to be

By on March 22, 2018 with 0 Comments
HSUS Animal Care Expo 2018 – Kansas City is the place to be

One of the many ways in which The HSUS makes the world a better place for animals is with our annual Animal Care Expo, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for people who work with, or want to work with, animals. This year, the event takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, between May . . . 

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