Communities scrutinize Petland’s practices, pass ordinances following HSUS investigations

By on January 30, 2020 with 1 Comment
Communities scrutinize Petland’s practices, pass ordinances following HSUS investigations

In September last year, an HSUS undercover investigation of a Petland store in Frisco, Texas, a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, revealed frail and ailing puppies, including some dogs too sick to eat and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea. Also among the gruesome . . . 

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U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

By on January 29, 2020 with 21 Comments
U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

Members of the U.S. House signaled their interest in protecting American horses by holding hearings on two important bills this week: one to stop the dangerous practice of drugging racehorses to enhance their performance on the tracks or disguise pain, and another to keep American . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Key House committee votes to reverse Trump administration’s harmful changes to Endangered Species Act

By on January 29, 2020 with 46 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Key House committee votes to reverse Trump administration’s harmful changes to Endangered Species Act

Last year, the Trump administration finalized regulations that gutted the Endangered Species Act, making it harder to grant and maintain federal protections for species that are fighting for survival. Today, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted to reverse those dangerous changes by approving the . . . 

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Coronavirus offers more proof why China needs to shut down live wild animal markets for good

By on January 27, 2020 with 77 Comments
Coronavirus offers more proof why China needs to shut down live wild animal markets for good

The Chinese wildlife trade is mired in long-held beliefs about the benefits of eating exotic and often endangered animals for good health. But the reality stands in stark contrast. The markets in China where live wild animals, including endangered species like pangolins, are bought and . . . 

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Canadian Safari Club chapter shuts down elephant trophy hunt auction following protests

By on January 24, 2020 with 7 Comments
Canadian Safari Club chapter shuts down elephant trophy hunt auction following protests

The Safari Club International chapter in Calgary has just shut down its planned auction of the first elephant hunt in Botswana in seven years, following widespread protests by animal protection organizations in Canada. While this does not represent a break for Botswana’s elephants—the outfitter organizing . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

By on January 22, 2020 with 9 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

The Department of Transportation today announced its plan to issue new regulations that would prohibit airlines from banning certain breeds of service dogs. This represents a much-needed move toward ending discriminatory policies by individual airlines that cause unnecessary and cruel hardships for customers with disabilities . . . 

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As racehorse death toll continues to climb, Congress moves to salvage the ‘sport of kings’

By on January 22, 2020 with 4 Comments
As racehorse death toll continues to climb, Congress moves to salvage the ‘sport of kings’

Horses dying at the racetracks with alarming frequency is a sadly familiar scenario of late, but even by that measure the body count over the past week is nothing short of astonishing. Since Friday alone, three horses have been euthanized at Santa Anita Park in . . . 

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Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

By on January 21, 2020 with 2 Comments
Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

It is exactly 25 years this month since 14 wolves from Canada were brought to Yellowstone National Park, an area that had not seen a single wolf in 70 years because of trophy hunting and trapping. Almost immediately, the animals began reshaping the landscape, regenerating . . . 

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New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

By on January 17, 2020 with 2 Comments
New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

I arrived at Project Chimps yesterday just as dinner was being served to its residents: 79 retired research chimpanzees who now call this verdant, 236-acre sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia their home. The building we were in is a brand-new, state-of-the-art . . . 

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HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

By on January 16, 2020 with 1 Comment
HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

The Humane Society International rescue team’s reports from Australia’s Kangaroo Island describe an “apocalyptic” scene. Once a critical wildlife habitat celebrated the world over for its pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island has been ravaged by the recent bushfires, with at least 600 square miles of land . . . 

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Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

By on January 15, 2020 with 6 Comments
Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

A federal judge has just shut down the latest challenge to California’s foie gras ban, in an important ruling that reaffirms the right of states to enact legislation that protects animals in agriculture. Today’s district court ruling is the latest in a long-running saga that . . . 

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States, localities step up to help pets left outside in the cold

By on January 14, 2020 with 7 Comments
States, localities step up to help pets left outside in the cold

Each year, as winter settles in and temperatures drop dangerously low in parts of the country, we hear heartbreaking reports about companion animals left in the cold. Last month, in Clayton, Wisconsin, an extremely thin dog froze to death after being chained and left outside . . . 

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