A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

By on September 8, 2021 with 36 Comments
A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

In a major win in the fight against cruel puppy mills, Illinois’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed the Humane Pet Store Bill (HB 1711) into law. The state’s 21 puppy-selling pet stores have 180 days from August 27, the date the bill was signed, to . . . 

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In major win for animals, Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics

By on September 7, 2021 with 4 Comments
In major win for animals, Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics

Even in our age of advanced technologies, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats continue to have chemicals and substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or slathered on their skin to satisfy new regulatory demands that undercut progress against cosmetic animal testing. That’s . . . 

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Breaking: Rescuers and police discover 150 pet shop animals in desperate need of help

By on September 2, 2021 with 17 Comments
Breaking: Rescuers and police discover 150 pet shop animals in desperate need of help

At a pet store located next to a flea market in Burnside, Kentucky, on Wednesday morning, members of our rescue team encountered nightmarish conditions for dozens of animals. The details of the scene were heartbreaking to hear. The air inside the store was musty and . . . 

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Breaking: Rescuers arrive to save dogs and puppies from dog meat farm

By on September 1, 2021 with 4 Comments
Breaking: Rescuers arrive to save dogs and puppies from dog meat farm

When residents reported hearing harrowing yelps and screams coming from a nearby farm on Jindo Island in South Korea, local authorities investigated. What they found were the typical heart-wrenching scenes of a dog meat farm. I am acquainted with sounds like these. When I have . . . 

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From “pet” cougars to flooding victims, animal rescue requires preparation

By on August 31, 2021 with 5 Comments
From “pet” cougars to flooding victims, animal rescue requires preparation

On Sunday, Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. Our Animal Rescue and Response team moved toward the strike zone, ready to assist animals in need. Bringing together supplies, equipment and personnel to support emergency response . . . 

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Dog meat traders to be prosecuted for the first time in Indonesian history

By on August 25, 2021 with 23 Comments
Dog meat traders to be prosecuted for the first time in Indonesian history

Indonesia’s first-ever prosecution of dog meat traders under animal health and food safety laws represents another milestone in the global campaign to protect dogs from being slaughtered for food. A district attorney on the island of Java recently confirmed plans to prosecute dog traders intercepted . . . 

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As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

By on August 23, 2021 with 2 Comments
As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

Our nation’s assault on wildlife has been going on for centuries, with a staggering toll of animal loss that dates back to our colonial past. Over those hundreds of years, you’d be hard-pressed to identify a more vilified and persecuted species than the wolf. Today, . . . 

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Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

By on August 20, 2021 with 6 Comments
Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

In every state where we’re working to protect wolves from trophy hunters and trappers, the political nature of the fight is obvious. But the tragic impacts of political gamesmanship involving wolves are especially evident in the controversy surrounding Wisconsin Natural Resources Board chair Frederick Prehn’s . . . 

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Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

By on August 17, 2021 with 7 Comments
Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

With yesterday’s passage of an ordinance banning the sale of certain fur products, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s City Council scored a pair of firsts. The 10-member council’s unanimous vote made Ann Arbor not only the first city in the Midwest to prohibit the sale of fur, . . . 

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‘I rescue animals from disaster areas. Climate change is a gamechanger.’

By on August 16, 2021 with 8 Comments
‘I rescue animals from disaster areas. Climate change is a gamechanger.’

Last week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, one of the most comprehensive assessments of climate change to date. The report draws clear links between human-caused climate change and extreme regional weather events, concluding that some impacts will be . . . 

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Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

By on August 11, 2021 with 1 Comment
Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

Update 11/15/21: President Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure package into law. The infrastructure bill included $350 million dollars for wildlife crossings, which is a huge victory for wildlife and people! This critical funding will go towards creating wildlife bridges across busy interstates to facilitate animal . . . 

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A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

By on August 10, 2021 with 13 Comments
A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

There are many things we can learn from animals, but one thing that never fails to move me to my core is their resilience. Whether it’s witnessing the dogs learn to play after being saved from dog meat farms in South Korea or seeing my . . . 

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