As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

By on November 18, 2020 with 13 Comments
As black bears prepare to hibernate, trophy hunters go on a killing spree

As black bears work extra hard to pack on the pounds and prepare for the barren winter months ahead, trophy hunters are rampaging through their habitats, slaughtering these iconic animals so they can hang their heads on walls. Some states are even allowing these hunters . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

By on November 17, 2020 with 7 Comments
HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

An HSUS undercover investigator has recorded video footage of animals living in dismal conditions at puppy mills in the Midwest that have never or only rarely been cited for neglecting the animals in their care by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency whose . . . 

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Victory! Court upholds Obama-era protections for Alaska’s brown bears, disallows baiting

By on November 16, 2020 with 3 Comments
Victory! Court upholds Obama-era protections for Alaska’s brown bears, disallows baiting

A federal court has ruled that brown bears in Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge should continue to be protected from the cruel and biologically unsound hunting practice of baiting—luring these animals with piles of rotting foods like donuts and pastries and then killing them. The . . . 

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World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

By on November 13, 2020 with 13 Comments
World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

By on November 13, 2020 with 1 Comment
U.S. will deny visas to wildlife traffickers

The United States is one of the world’s largest destinations for illegal wildlife products. Each year, traffickers smuggle in millions of dollars’ worth of items from poached animals, including shark fins, pangolin scales, ivory trinkets, animal trophies, and live animals like monkeys, parrots and snakes . . . 

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For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

By on November 12, 2020 with 1 Comment
For the new administration, swift reinstatement of 2016 horse soring rule is the right call

The reinstatement of the 2016 federal rule to address the abhorrent and widely scorned practice of horse soring in the Tennessee walking horse industry should be an easy decision for the incoming administration. The rule, which the Humane Society of the United States and the . . . 

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Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

By on November 11, 2020 with 2 Comments
Naps in the sun, treats and Beethoven: Survivors of Korean dog meat farm live it up at temporary shelter

One of the most miraculous things about animals is their extraordinary ability to heal and love. It is something we witness time and again in our work, especially with the dogs we rescue from South Korean dog meat farms. Last month, I told you about . . . 

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Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

By on November 10, 2020 with 2 Comments
Senate appropriations package has both good and bad news for animals

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released a package of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2021, and it is a mixed bag for animals. The House has already approved its appropriations bills, which fund federal government agencies, and they include significant protections for animals, . . . 

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A time of hope for animals

By on November 9, 2020 with 2 Comments
A time of hope for animals

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris head to the White House, they bring with them a proven track record of protecting animals. In past years, we have worked with both the president- and vice-president-elect to strengthen laws on wildlife, marine mammals, farm animals, and so . . . 

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HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

By on November 6, 2020 with 35 Comments
HSUS, allies headed to court to fight wolf delisting

When the United States stripped federal protections for wolves last week, giving state managers in the lower 48 states the ability to greenlight trophy hunting and trapping seasons on these animals, we promised to fight this draconian move with every tool at our disposal. This . . . 

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Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

By on November 5, 2020 with 28 Comments
Denmark will slaughter 15 million mink on fur farms over pandemic concerns

Reports from Denmark this week are making it clearer than ever that mink fur farming is a public health minefield and an animal welfare nightmare. The European nation announced that it would slaughter all 15 million mink on its 1,000 fur farms following concerns that . . . 

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Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

By on November 4, 2020 with 0 Comments
Presidents and their pets: Tales of nonpartisan, unconditional love

At the now defunct Newseum in Washington, D.C., one of the most popular exhibits used to be a photographic display on presidents and their dogs. It was impossible to get in edgeways through the crowds milling around it, and almost everyone had smiles on their . . . 

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