Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

By on June 24, 2020 with 4 Comments
Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

The Dutch parliament has voted to permanently shut down an estimated 128 mink fur farms in the wake of coronavirus outbreaks on 17 of these farms since April. If approved by the Dutch government, the decision would bring a welcome end to the cruel business . . . 

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Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

By on June 23, 2020 with 9 Comments
Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

A tragic story from Canada underscores the vast, global scale of the puppy mill problem, and how important it is that we root it out wherever it exists. On June 13th, a Ukraine International Airlines flight carrying approximately 500 puppies, including at least 200 French . . . 

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Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

By on June 22, 2020 with 2 Comments
Scotland bans fish farmers from shooting seals; law inspired by U.S. reforms for marine mammals

For years, Scotland has allowed fish farmers and other fisheries to shoot seals in order to keep them from eating their fish —a brutal practice that has resulted in so much unnecessary suffering and death among these charismatic marine mammals. Last week, in a long-awaited . . . 

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Legislation making it safer for wildlife to cross highways and mandating reforms for horse transport moves to full House for vote

By on June 22, 2020 with 5 Comments
Legislation making it safer for wildlife to cross highways and mandating reforms for horse transport moves to full House for vote

A key House committee has approved a package of investments in America’s infrastructure, including provisions to make U.S. roadways safer for both drivers and wildlife and to create more humane conditions for transporting horses within the country. The INVEST in America Act package, H.R. 2, . . . 

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Yulin dog meat festival to begin this weekend, defying Chinese declaration that dogs are pets not food

By on June 19, 2020 with 67 Comments
Yulin dog meat festival to begin this weekend, defying Chinese declaration that dogs are pets not food

Once again, we are seeing heartbreaking visuals from Yulin, China, in the run-up to the annual dog meat “festival” there this Sunday. A video recorded by Humane Society International’s partners on the ground shows rows and rows of dog carcasses lying on tables or being . . . 

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KFC, more Americans want to eat the plant-based ‘Kentucky Fried Miracle’

By on June 18, 2020 with 1 Comment
KFC, more Americans want to eat the plant-based ‘Kentucky Fried Miracle’

Last year, when KFC launched a new, plant-based chicken at one of its Atlanta locations, it sold out within five hours, with lines wrapped around the block to try it. According to the New York Times, sales of the plant-based boneless wings and nuggets in . . . 

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Triple Crown season begins this Saturday with racing industry under a cloud over horse deaths, trainer indictments

By on June 16, 2020 with 4 Comments
Triple Crown season begins this Saturday with racing industry under a cloud over horse deaths, trainer indictments

The coronavirus pandemic is not the only problem plaguing the horse racing industry as it prepares for the first of the Triple Crown races at Belmont Stakes this Saturday with altered schedules, shorter race times and a TV-only audience. This past year has placed the . . . 

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Animal Care Expo takes place online this year; Event to feature more than 30 sessions

By on June 15, 2020 with 2 Comments
Animal Care Expo takes place online this year; Event to feature more than 30 sessions

Animal Care Expo, our marquee training and exhibition event for animal welfare professionals, has moved online this year because of the coronavirus crisis. From the comfort and safety of their homes, participants can enjoy an interactive virtual conference experience during a three-day event packed with . . . 

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Horrible Hundred report leads to closures of problem puppy mills in states, spurs new laws in states, localities

By on June 12, 2020 with 4 Comments
Horrible Hundred report leads to closures of problem puppy mills in states, spurs new laws in states, localities

For the last eight years, we have published the annual Horrible Hundred report listing 100 problem puppy mills in the United States. We do this to raise awareness about and fight a deep-seated problem of irresponsible and greedy commercial dog sellers who mistreat the animals . . . 

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Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

By on June 11, 2020 with 7 Comments
Dutch fur farms have killed 575,000 mink, mostly pups, following coronavirus outbreak

Update (6/12/2020): Dutch authorities have confirmed they have killed 575,000 mink, including 480,000 pups, during the cull on 13 fur factory farms. The killing will conclude tomorrow. The Netherlands is expected to kill more than 350,000 mink by gassing, in a massive cull following an . . . 

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Trump administration opens Alaska’s national preserves to cruel practices like trophy-hunting denning bears and wolves and their cubs; proposes disbanding protections on Kenai Wildlife Refuge

By on June 10, 2020 with 55 Comments
Trump administration opens Alaska’s national preserves to cruel practices like trophy-hunting denning bears and wolves and their cubs; proposes disbanding protections on Kenai Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration has given trophy hunters the green light to commit some of the worst sort of carnage on 20 million acres of Alaska’s pristinely beautiful national preserves. Under a new rule finalized this week, trophy hunters can, starting next month, kill hibernating mother . . . 

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Trump Jr.’s argali trophy hunt in Mongolia cost American taxpayers $77,000

By on June 9, 2020 with 35 Comments
Trump Jr.’s argali trophy hunt in Mongolia cost American taxpayers $77,000

We’ve just learned that Donald Trump Jr.’s trophy hunting trip to Mongolia, where he hunted an argali sheep—an animal listed as “threatened” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act—cost American taxpayers a whopping $77,000. The revelation comes from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics . . . 

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