This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

By on July 29, 2019 with 4 Comments
This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There was a time when sharks were routinely portrayed by popular media as aggressive and ruthless predators — animals to be afraid of and to avoid, or even worse, to kill. But today, with growing awareness and increasingly positive . . . 

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Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

By on July 26, 2019 with 4 Comments
Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

Romania, which halted trophy hunting of its native carnivores in 2016, this week said it will allow the killing of 140 bears. The hunting quota was announced in response to reports of bear-human conflicts, with videos shared on social media showing people getting very close . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress moves to make horse soring a thing of the PAST

By on July 25, 2019 with 32 Comments
Breaking news: Congress moves to make horse soring a thing of the PAST

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We have terrific news to report in our long-running fight to protect Tennessee walking horses and related breeds from the cruel practice of soring. The House of Representatives has just approved a bill to end this heinous practice in . . . 

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HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.

By on July 23, 2019 with 5 Comments
HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.

Despite growing awareness about the havoc wreaked upon elephants by ivory poachers, our country – and our nation’s capital – are among the world’s biggest markets for ivory. Today, we’re releasing our latest investigation that has uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ivory . . . 

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Charging ahead with reforms for chickens

By on July 22, 2019 with 2 Comments
Charging ahead with reforms for chickens

Only a few years ago, it may have appeared unfathomable for McDonald’s to make a commitment to use 100% cage-free eggs in its restaurants, or for poultry giant Perdue to announce game-changing reforms for chickens raised for meat. One might have never imagined entire states, . . . 

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Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

By on July 19, 2019 with 15 Comments
Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

The latest controversy surrounding lurid social media posts by trophy hunters has prompted a predictable response — global outrage and a wave of tweet storms directed at the individuals involved. This time around, it’s a Canadian couple who posed for a kiss over the dead . . . 

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As heat wave wraps around the U.S., take steps to protect pets and keep them out of hot cars

By on July 18, 2019 with 2 Comments
As heat wave wraps around the U.S., take steps to protect pets and keep them out of hot cars

In the midst of a nationwide heat wave, with excessive-heat warnings and advisories in place for more than 20 states, it’s natural for those of us who care about animals to worry about their welfare and the risk of their being locked in cars. In . . . 

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Spain’s cruel bullfights have no place in the 21st century

By on July 16, 2019 with 8 Comments
Spain’s cruel bullfights have no place in the 21st century

The annual running of the bulls at Pamplona has just come to a close in Spain, where I am traveling for work. With the San Fermin festival now over, the world can once more take account of the scores of bulls chased, tormented and killed . . . 

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Members of Congress join rescue pups at U.S. Capitol to urge passage of bill ending malicious acts of cruelty like crushing animals and bestiality

By on July 15, 2019 with 4 Comments
Members of Congress join rescue pups at U.S. Capitol to urge passage of bill ending malicious acts of cruelty like crushing animals and bestiality

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson It may be hard to believe, but some of the most malicious acts of animal cruelty — including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals and sexually exploiting them — are not felonies under federal law. Today, a bipartisan . . . 

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HSUS helping move animals out of Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

By on July 12, 2019 with 2 Comments
HSUS helping move animals out of Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

As Tropical Storm Barry barrels toward Louisiana, threatening to dump several feet of water on parts of the state, we are helping transport animals who are up for adoption at shelters in the area to safety with our rescue partners. Barry promises to be particularly . . . 

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Educating consumers is key to ending puppy mill problem

By on July 11, 2019 with 2 Comments
Educating consumers is key to ending puppy mill problem

There are some 10,000 puppy mills active in the United States – a mammoth number, by any measure. Animals in these enterprises are condemned to a life of squalor and suffering with no relief in sight. At a typical puppy mill, dozens or even hundreds . . . 

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Florida’s inhumane solution to its iguana problem is doomed to failure

By on July 10, 2019 with 16 Comments
Florida’s inhumane solution to its iguana problem is doomed to failure

Florida, in the midst of an explosion in the population of green iguanas, is actively encouraging residents to kill the animals “whenever possible” around their homes or on public lands. This irresponsible directive from the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is not accompanied by . . . 

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