Let’s make this the year we end horse soring by passing the PAST Act

By on May 24, 2018 with 13 Comments
Let’s make this the year we end horse soring by passing the PAST Act

Congress first tried to end soring — the intentional infliction of pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds to create the exaggerated, artificial show gait known as the “big lick”” — nearly half a century ago, with the passage . . . 

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Vermont bans coyote killing contests, grisly spectacles of animal cruelty

By on May 23, 2018 with 3 Comments
Vermont bans coyote killing contests, grisly spectacles of animal cruelty

Vermont, like many other U.S. states, has played host for many years to coyote killing contests — gruesome events where contestants vie to win prizes for killing the most, or the heaviest, animals. But in late 2017, when advertisements for the “1st Annual Weston Rod . . . 

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Trump administration wants to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska, like killing hibernating bears, shooting wolf pups in dens

By on May 21, 2018 with 55 Comments
Trump administration wants to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska, like killing hibernating bears, shooting wolf pups in dens

The Trump administration is trying to bring back some of the worst and most appalling hunting practices for wolves, grizzly bears and other wildlife on 20 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska. A rule proposed today by the Department of the Interior would . . . 

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Ellen DeGeneres, Cameron Diaz and other celebrities call for an end to Indonesian dog meat trade

By on May 21, 2018 with 25 Comments
Ellen DeGeneres, Cameron Diaz and other celebrities call for an end to Indonesian dog meat trade

Indonesia’s dog meat trade is rife with brutality. Most of its animal victims are stolen pets and street dogs, and they usually endure death by bludgeoning and blowtorching. This week, more than 90 celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres, Cameron Diaz, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, . . . 

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Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

By on May 18, 2018 with 6 Comments
Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

I have some encouraging news to report: the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon defeated the Farm Bill with the King amendment by a vote of 198 to 213. Rep. Steve King’s amendment could eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of state and local laws protecting . . . 

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Bobcats get a reprieve in Ohio and a win in Indiana

By on May 18, 2018 with 2 Comments
Bobcats get a reprieve in Ohio and a win in Indiana

Bobcat advocates have two victories to celebrate this week. On Tuesday, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission voted to withdraw a contentious proposal to open a trophy hunting and trapping season on the state’s only native wild cat, for the first time in nearly 50 years. . . . 

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Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

By on May 17, 2018 with 10 Comments
Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

Imagine a country where states are forced to legalize dog, cat and horse meat. Where states could no longer set anti-cruelty and public health standards for meat and eggs sold to their residents. Where laws preventing puppy mill abuse and the trade in shark fins . . . 

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Maryland says no to pigeon shoots

By on May 16, 2018 with 4 Comments
Maryland says no to pigeon shoots

The Humane Society of the United States has long been involved in efforts to stop pigeon shoots, horrible spectacles that still happen in some states, where shooters gun down birds for no reason other than the fun of it. This week, we won a significant . . . 

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Tigers are not prom props

By on May 15, 2018 with 13 Comments
Tigers are not prom props

It is a story that defies imagination and, as the mother of a high schooler, makes me cringe. A tiger is brought into a high school prom, in a cage barely large enough to hold the massive animal. The tiger, surrounded by pounding music, screaming . . . 

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Horrible Hundred report highlights problem puppy mills in the U.S.

By on May 14, 2018 with 22 Comments
Horrible Hundred report highlights problem puppy mills in the U.S.

A Chihuahua with a large, open wound dead in her cage. Underweight dogs with their ribs and hip bones showing. A Nebraska breeder who euthanized dogs just because they had burrs stuck in their fur and he didn’t think they were worth the trouble of . . . 

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