Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By on February 26, 2019 with 13 Comments
Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Thousands of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats are kept in private homes and poorly run exhibits across the United States. These wild and dangerous animals are forced to spend their lives in inhumane conditions, locked up in . . . 

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Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

By on February 25, 2019 with 7 Comments
Botswana moves closer to lifting ban on trophy hunting despite declining interest in such kills

The southern African nation of Botswana may be on the verge of bucking the global trend against trophy hunting. Last week, a subcommittee appointed by the president made the recommendation to end a ban on trophy hunting which has been in effect in the country . . . 

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Iceland says it may kill 2,000 whales over next five years

By on February 22, 2019 with 7 Comments
Iceland says it may kill 2,000 whales over next five years

Iceland has announced it may kill more than 2,000 whales over the next five years, despite a declining market for whale meat and a growing sentiment against whaling among the Nordic country’s own citizens. Earlier this week, the Icelandic fisheries minister issued new commercial whaling . . . 

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Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By on February 21, 2019 with 9 Comments
Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Procter & Gamble, maker of popular household brands like Herbal Essences, Pantene and Head & Shoulders, today announced it will join with our #BeCrueltyFree campaign to ban all animal testing for its cosmetics products in major global markets by . . . 

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In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

By on February 20, 2019 with 7 Comments
In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

Wyoming’s crusade to declare open season on grizzly bears hit an unprecedented low this week when Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a statute that gives state officials the authority to open a trophy hunting season on grizzly bears and relocate bears to other states . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

By on February 19, 2019 with 3 Comments
Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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Happy Tails from Valentine’s Day at the HSUS and HSI

By on February 15, 2019 with 3 Comments
Happy Tails from Valentine’s Day at the HSUS and HSI

Who doesn’t love a good Valentine’s Day tale, especially one involving dog rescue? We celebrated several such “tails” this last week, all tied to our global campaign to end the dog meat trade. In the first instance, Humane Society International responders deployed to a dog . . . 

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Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

By on February 14, 2019 with 11 Comments
Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

The other day, the Washington Post’s Pam Constable published a story about a wealthy American hunter who paid $110,000 for the right to kill a rare and magnificent mountain goat in Pakistan. There are just several thousand markhors alive, so it’s hard to see how . . . 

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Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

By on February 13, 2019 with 5 Comments
Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

When it comes to the private ownership of captive tigers in the United States, you just can’t make this stuff up. Through the years, we’ve seen reports of tigers kept in apartments, tigers in garages, tigers in gas stations, tigers in tattoo parlors, tigers in . . . 

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Zimbabwe rips 35 baby elephants from their mothers for export to Chinese zoos

By on February 12, 2019 with 46 Comments
Zimbabwe rips 35 baby elephants from their mothers for export to Chinese zoos

It is the worst kind of wildlife abuse, and it is happening right now – again – in Zimbabwe, where 35 baby elephants have been torn away from their mothers in the wild and are awaiting export to zoos in China. According to The Times . . . 

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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

By on February 11, 2019 with 2 Comments
From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the video below, were completely covered in the sticky black . . . 

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At South Florida Wildlife Center, staff rehabilitate pelicans, other wildlife hurt and orphaned by human actions

By on February 8, 2019 with 1 Comment
At South Florida Wildlife Center, staff rehabilitate pelicans, other wildlife hurt and orphaned by human actions

I was at the South Florida Wildlife Center yesterday when workers there released six pelicans back into the wild. The birds, who can be found wintering in South Florida this time of year, had all been brought in last month with injuries that need never . . . 

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