Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

By on October 30, 2017 with 20 Comments
Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens . . . 

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Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

By on October 27, 2017 with 4 Comments
Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine Billion Lives campaign and other major animal welfare groups joined . . . 

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Breaking news: World Trade Organization rules in favor of U.S. on dolphin-safe tuna labels

By on October 26, 2017 with 3 Comments
Breaking news: World Trade Organization rules in favor of U.S. on dolphin-safe tuna labels

You might call it The Day of the Dolphin II. The World Trade Organization has delivered a decisive and critical victory to protect dolphins from U.S. and foreign fleets seeking to sell tuna in the U.S. market, in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. This is the latest, and perhaps most definitive . . . 

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HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston

By on October 25, 2017 with 1 Comment
HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston

The day starts early at Emancipet’s low-cost veterinary clinic in the east end of Houston, where The HSUS is collaborating with the clinic to help animals and people buffeted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. With leashed dogs at their sides or cats crated or cradled in their arms, pet parents begin lining up outside . . . 

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Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

By on October 24, 2017 with 8 Comments
Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. We were in the Golden Valley of the Mojave Desert . . . 

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Threats to Endangered Species Act gain speed in Congress

By on October 23, 2017 with 20 Comments
Threats to Endangered Species Act gain speed in Congress

There are radical maneuvers among some Republicans in the House to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to cherry-pick species from the list to enable trophy hunting or wildlife trafficking targeting the rarest of species. If any or all of these anti-wildlife provisions were to be adopted, animal species already at great risk will . . . 

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HSI brings help to thousands of animals in lesser-known disasters – in Mexico, Costa Rica

By on October 20, 2017 with 2 Comments
HSI brings help to thousands of animals in lesser-known disasters – in Mexico, Costa Rica

I’ve written much in the past six weeks about the disasters in Texas, Florida, and then Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. We’ve turned The HSUS and Humane Society International upside down during these harrowing times to help animals and people in need, and we are still flying out planeloads of animals every week . . . 

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Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

By on October 19, 2017 with 11 Comments
Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Today New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses, just months after New York City outlawed the use of wild animals in circus acts. In June, the state assembly and senate passed S.2098b/A.464b, sponsored by state Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, . . . 

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50 ways you can help animals

By on October 18, 2017 with 5 Comments
50 ways you can help animals

One of the questions I often get asked by supporters is, how can they get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection? I want to offer some broad strokes on how advocates, including you, can help advance our cause. There are many ways you can choose to help, such as . . . 

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Wildlife killing contests are animal welfare and conservation disgrace

By on October 17, 2017 with 22 Comments
Wildlife killing contests are animal welfare and conservation disgrace

In October and November, participants in two gruesome wildlife killing contests in Nevada compete to claim the most coyote carcasses for cash or other prizes. The town of Austin recently held its annual Coyote Derby in early October, and next month the Nevada Predator Hunters will hold the 8th Annual Nevada Coyote Calling Championship in . . . 

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