What I saw as a worker at a breeding facility for primates in research

By on March 23, 2021 with 3 Comments
What I saw as a worker at a breeding facility for primates in research

Our Animal Research Issues Department is headed by Kathleen Conlee who has devoted the past two decades of her life to this work. But before she became an avid animal protection advocate she worked at a breeding facility that supplied primates for research. Recently we . . . 

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Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

By on March 22, 2021 with 9 Comments
Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Each year, trophy hunters and trappers kill around 2,000 of Colorado’s bobcats, either for fun or to sell their furs overseas, usually in Russian and Chinese markets. The animals are hunted down with radio-collared dogs and shot at point-blank range, or they are trapped in . . . 

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HSI stepped up work during pandemic to help dogs and cats living on streets

By on March 19, 2021 with 1 Comment
HSI stepped up work during pandemic to help dogs and cats living on streets

Dogs and cats who live on streets around the world face numerous hardships every day. These are animals like Browny, a dog who was left lying in pain on the streets of India for days after being hit by a car. Lambu, also a dog . . . 

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Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

By on March 18, 2021 with 13 Comments
Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Utah has just passed a law prohibiting the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny wire enclosures known as “battery cages,” becoming the eighth U.S. state to do so. Just moments ago, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—marking another . . . 

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Pets for Life and RAVS bring lifesaving support to pets and their people during pandemic

By on March 17, 2021 with 1 Comment
Pets for Life and RAVS bring lifesaving support to pets and their people during pandemic

The pandemic has hit so many Americans so hard. Among them is Liliana, a single mother in Los Angeles who lost her job as a seamstress in March. She couldn’t find employment despite her best efforts and then, to make matters worse, she became sick with . . . 

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New report: U.S. spends millions of taxpayer dollars to fund experiments on dogs

By on March 16, 2021 with 13 Comments
New report: U.S. spends millions of taxpayer dollars to fund experiments on dogs

The U.S. government is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to fund experiments on dogs, a new report we are releasing today shows. It is estimated that there are more than 58,000 dogs being used in U.S. public, private and federal research and testing facilities each . . . 

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New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

By on March 15, 2021 with 2 Comments
New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

The dreadful cruelty of fur production is on display in video footage we are releasing today, as part of a Humane Society International investigation of 13 fur farms in China. The graphic video shows a worker at a fur farm stabbing raccoon dogs with a . . . 

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Breaking news: Virginia governor signs bill ending new cosmetics animal testing

By on March 12, 2021 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Virginia governor signs bill ending new cosmetics animal testing

Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam has just signed into law bills that would ban new cosmetics animal testing and sales of animal-tested cosmetics in his state. Virginia joins three U.S. states that already have similar laws on their books. In 2018 California became the first state . . . 

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Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

By on March 11, 2021 with 2 Comments
Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

Slaughterhouses are hotspots for the coronavirus, with tens of thousands of infections reported among American workers since the onset of the pandemic last year. Yet, appallingly, at the height of the crisis last spring, the Trump administration ordered that these facilities should remain open. To . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

By on March 10, 2021 with 5 Comments
Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

The COVID relief package Congress just passed includes a number of provisions that will improve surveillance and inspection of trades where animals often endure acute suffering and that also tend to be hotbeds for disease spread. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is primarily . . . 

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Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

By on March 8, 2021 with 8 Comments
Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

A federal court in New York has rejected a challenge by trade groups to the state’s landmark ban on elephant ivory and rhino horn sales. The ruling is not just a win for these beleaguered animals, whose numbers in the wild are dropping at an . . . 

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Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

By on March 5, 2021 with 6 Comments
Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Cat declawing – the practice of surgically removing a cat’s claws — is a cruel procedure that can be likened to having the last bone of each of your toes amputated. It is unnecessary because there are more humane ways to keep cats from scratching . . . 

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