Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

By on October 16, 2017 with 1 Comment
Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified rescue organizations supply the animals. Pet stores will have one . . . 

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Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

By on October 13, 2017 with 4 Comments
Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico – and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable — there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals. Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response at Humane Society International (HSI), reports that . . . 

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Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

By on October 12, 2017 with 3 Comments
Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

Today marks another milestone in our global campaign to improve the lives of animals in agriculture, with Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, demanding changes in the way chickens are raised for their meat. Nestlé will require a specific set of important reforms from all of its suppliers and will phase out its use of . . . 

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Ballot measure launched to ban trophy hunting of America’s lions

By on October 12, 2017 with 65 Comments
Ballot measure launched to ban trophy hunting of America’s lions

Two summers ago, a color photograph of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer and his hunting guide kneeling over Cecil, an African lion they’d slain, found its way onto social media platforms and ricocheted across the planet. In response, 45 of the world’s biggest airlines – including all major U.S. carriers – said they’d no longer ship . . . 

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Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

By on October 11, 2017 with 35 Comments
Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

In what is perhaps the most meaningful fur-free announcement worldwide to date, luxury fashion brand Gucci has proclaimed that its future is fur-free. After working with The HSUS and the Italian-based animal welfare group LAV (a member, with The HSUS, of the Fur Free Alliance), Gucci’s president and CEO Marco Bizzarri shared the news today . . . 

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HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

By on October 9, 2017 with 2 Comments
HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

One of Humane Society International’s most high-impact programs, Street Dog Defender, has the ambitious goal of improving the lives of 300 million street dogs around the world. These are animals who typically survive outside of homes or commercial locations and often live on the edge, without regular sources of food or water, let alone any . . . 

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Global movement against the ivory trade gains more momentum

By on October 6, 2017 with 2 Comments
Global movement against the ivory trade gains more momentum

“On animal welfare we will take the tough action necessary to deal with those whose callousness or greed inflicts pain and suffering on innocent creatures. At the moment the maximum sentence for animal cruelty is just six months. I believe that when we face deliberate, calculating and sadistic behavior, we need to deploy the full . . . 

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Congress should ban malicious animal cruelty and bestiality

By on October 5, 2017 with 18 Comments
Congress should ban malicious animal cruelty and bestiality

Last week, the Kansas City Star reported that an elementary school worker in Springfield was being investigated by federal authorities for pornography involving sexual acts between that individual, a four-year-old child, and a dog. The facts in this case as we understand them are deeply disturbing and, by all appearances, the U.S. attorney in the . . . 

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Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

By on October 4, 2017 with 4 Comments
Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced yesterday that the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act is not going to come up for consideration on the House floor anytime soon. That’s a relief. But let’s be clear: this disgraceful bill should never be revived or resuscitated. It’s an appalling package of reckless items on gun . . . 

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Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

By on October 3, 2017 with 6 Comments
Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

Today, I stood shoulder to shoulder with leaders from some of the best known Native American tribes in the West – the Shoshone Bannock, Hopi, and the Crow Creek Sioux, among others – to support the introduction of federal legislation that will establish special protections for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. Wildlife advocate . . . 

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