Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

By on June 2, 2021 with 10 Comments
Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

A beautiful story came out over the weekend in the Washington Post about an 11-year-old beagle named Hammy. Adopted in 2013 after living in a research laboratory for his first four years of life, Hammy became the beloved pup of journalist Melanie D.G. Kaplan. As . . . 

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Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

By on June 1, 2021 with 2 Comments
Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

Update 6/2/2021: The split sample test has confirmed that Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit had betamethasone in his system, according to the New York Times. So far, the 2021 Triple Crown season has produced astonishing proof of how badly horse racing needs further regulation to . . . 

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Breaking: Dogs who were raised for meat arrive in the U.S. to find homes

By on May 27, 2021 with 411 Comments
Breaking: Dogs who were raised for meat arrive in the U.S. to find homes

Early this morning, 171 dogs from South Korean dog meat farms landed at Dulles International Airport to start new lives, and on this first day of their bright futures, I am reminded of how critical our day-to-day work is. Every time Humane Society International shuts . . . 

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The federal government must protect gray wolves before it’s too late

By on May 26, 2021 with 7 Comments
The federal government must protect gray wolves before it’s too late

We just filed a legal petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The wolves in this region are in grave danger due to new laws passed in Idaho and . . . 

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Police intercept illegal dog meat truck in Indonesia for the first time

By on May 25, 2021 with 40 Comments
Police intercept illegal dog meat truck in Indonesia for the first time

One of the most important aspects of animal advocacy is ensuring that changes to policy translate to meaningful actions that save lives. What happened on a street in Indonesia earlier this month signals remarkable progress, bringing much-needed hope to the more than one million dogs . . . 

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How special interest groups are destroying the gray wolf

By on May 21, 2021 with 8 Comments
How special interest groups are destroying the gray wolf

Gray wolves used to thrive in most states in the U.S. and across Europe. Because of trophy hunting and habitat loss, wolves were extirpated from most states in the U.S. until the 1970s, when gray wolves were listed as an endangered species under the Endangered . . . 

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The time to stop horse slaughter is now. Here’s why.

By on May 19, 2021 with 14 Comments
The time to stop horse slaughter is now. Here’s why.

Last Saturday, Americans tuned in to watch the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown. On the same day, the New York Times exposed horrific details of our country’s wild horses ending up at slaughter plants in other nations; Americans who . . . 

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Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

By on May 17, 2021 with 8 Comments
Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

If you’ve been online at all in the past week, chances are you’ve seen the footage of an alarmed off-duty police officer pointing a gun at an approaching tiger in a sleepy residential neighborhood in Houston. The tiger’s name is India and, after a mysterious . . . 

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Animals to be recognized as sentient in U.K. — Here’s why that matters

By on May 14, 2021 with 4 Comments
Animals to be recognized as sentient in U.K. — Here’s why that matters

The animal protection movement made some great progress this week when the U.K. announced new legal recognitions for animals and a plan to improve animal welfare policies. Here, Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/U.K., explains what this means for animals. As the political . . . 

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How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

By on May 12, 2021 with 2 Comments
How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

Earlier this week, we released our Horrible Hundred report, a roundup of 100 puppy mills that keep churning out dogs in dismal conditions to be sold through pet stores, flea markets and websites across the country. This report gained headlines in top local media outlets, . . . 

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Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

By on May 11, 2021 with 4 Comments
Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

The U.S. Department of Agriculture secretly implemented a new procedure in 2019 to skirt its responsibility to animals at some research laboratories, documents obtained by Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Clinic and covered in Science Magazine, reveal. While dogs, rabbits, primates and other . . . 

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Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

By on May 10, 2021 with 9 Comments
Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

What dog lovers don’t know about where their beloved puppies come from can hurt them. When puppies are born to emaciated, sick or injured dogs in cramped and dirty wire cages, the physical and mental toll can extend throughout their lives, impacting their behavior and . . . 

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