BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

By on February 18, 2020 with 6 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inexplicably blacked out records of inspections at puppy mills, roadside zoos, facilities that do invasive research on animals, walking horse shows and other operations, leaving those who use—and potentially abuse—animals in their care with little or no . . . 

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Poster children for the SAFE Act: Kill buyers fined again

By on February 14, 2020 with 18 Comments
Poster children for the SAFE Act: Kill buyers fined again

Some of the people and interests tied to cruelty to animals seem to come right from central casting. That’s going to help us succeed in our efforts to secure passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 961/S. 2006, to permanently ban domestic . . . 

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At SCI convention, trophy hunters rub shoulders with Donald Trump Jr. and USFWS director; undercover investigation reveals potentially illegal sales of elephant, stingray, hippo skins

By on February 12, 2020 with 25 Comments
At SCI convention, trophy hunters rub shoulders with Donald Trump Jr. and USFWS director; undercover investigation reveals potentially illegal sales of elephant, stingray, hippo skins

At the Safari Club International’s annual convention each year, wealth, privilege and power come together with a revolting goal: mowing down the world’s rarest and most beloved wildlife. This year’s event in Reno was no different. Trophy hunters heard speeches from guest of honor Donald . . . 

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Mostly plant-based Oscars signal growing American concern over cruel factory farms

By on February 11, 2020 with 2 Comments
Mostly plant-based Oscars signal growing American concern over cruel factory farms

One of the Oscars’ most memorable moments this year came with Joaquin Phoenix’s heartfelt plea about the suffering of animals raised for food. The speech, which drew concern for animals into a broader framework of social injustice, followed an A-list nod to plant-based eating from . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit prompts shutdown of trophy hunters’ panel in Trump administration

By on February 10, 2020 with 29 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit prompts shutdown of trophy hunters’ panel in Trump administration

A panel of trophy hunters appointed by the Trump administration to advise the federal government on international wildlife trade policy has bitten the dust. Following a lawsuit filed by a coalition that included Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States, the . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

By on February 7, 2020 with 6 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

A federal judge has dismissed a court challenge to Maryland’s landmark law prohibiting the sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores, giving animals and consumers a huge victory in the fight against puppy mills. The ruling today means the law, which went into effect . . . 

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Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

By on February 7, 2020 with 35 Comments
Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

Botswana today auctioned off the lives of 60 of its elephants, giving trophy hunters around the world a license to kill these gentle giants for fun. This was the first elephant auction held since the country lifted a five-year ban on such hunts last year; . . . 

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Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

By on February 6, 2020 with 4 Comments
Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

A Petland in Naperville, Illinois, will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday ending such sales in pet stores. This makes Naperville the 341st locality in the United States to pass such a measure. There were Petland . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House approves bill to pair veterans with service dogs

By on February 5, 2020 with 99 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House approves bill to pair veterans with service dogs

The U.S. House has just approved a bill that would expand opportunities for veterans to get involved with training and adopting service dogs, leading to better lives for both the animals and the people helping them. The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, H.R. 4305, will . . . 

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State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

By on February 4, 2020 with 4 Comments
State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

This past year has been a mixed one for animals under President Donald Trump. On the one hand we’ve seen federal agencies take steps to improve the fortunes of animals used in testing and the wild horses and burros on our public ranges, and also . . . 

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New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

By on February 3, 2020 with 4 Comments
New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

A New York Senate committee voted unanimously today to advance a bill that would end the sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill is a direct result of national and local pressure, including the widespread outrage generated by . . . 

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860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

By on January 31, 2020 with 83 Comments
860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

Next Wednesday, trophy hunters with a yen for slaying some of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals will gather in Reno, Nevada, for the annual Safari Club International convention. This is perhaps one of the world’s largest such gatherings, and it’s a grim affair. . . . 

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