Lion snuggle scam in South Africa cons tourists, harms wildlife

By on August 10, 2018 with 4 Comments
Lion snuggle scam in South Africa cons tourists, harms wildlife

Today is World Lion Day, a global celebration of one of the most majestic of big cats, the African lion. Travelers flock from all over the world to Africa to realize their dream of seeing “the king of the jungle” in the wild and South . . . 

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Outrage grows over killing of a mother bear and her cubs even as federal government moves to make such action legal

By on August 9, 2018 with 67 Comments
Outrage grows over killing of a mother bear and her cubs even as federal government moves to make such action legal

There isn’t sufficient outrage in the world to cover the depravity of the father and son who were charged with breaking Alaska state law in mid-April when they killed a mother bear and her shrieking cubs on Esther Island in Prince William Sound. The details . . . 

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Every whale counts

By on August 7, 2018 with 1 Comment
Every whale counts

The images of the orca Tahlequah keeping her dead calf afloat in Puget Sound while trying to keep pace with the other members of her pod have moved millions worldwide. The calf died on July 24 just half an hour after being born, raising not . . . 

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Massachusetts passes historic comprehensive anti-cruelty law

By on August 6, 2018 with 10 Comments
Massachusetts passes historic comprehensive anti-cruelty law

As a Massachusetts native, I’m excited about my home state’s latest positive action for animal protection, the passage of a comprehensive omnibus anti-cruelty bill, “PAWS II,” a few days ago by both chambers of the state legislature. PAWS II, which awaits the signature of Governor . . . 

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Government says Indonesia will ban dog meat trade

By on August 4, 2018 with 11 Comments
Government says Indonesia will ban dog meat trade

We received exciting news this weekend regarding our fight against the global trade in dog meat. At a meeting on veterinary public health held by Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture, officials confirmed their intention to support a ban on the trade in dog meat and to . . . 

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Pets for Life reaches 100,000 spay/neuter surgery milestone

By on August 3, 2018 with 1 Comment
Pets for Life reaches 100,000 spay/neuter surgery milestone

Last week, the HSUS Pets for Life program provided its 100,000 spay/neuter surgery at no cost to pet owners. Since early 2012, PFL has provided over 400,000 essential veterinary services, supplies, and medications to people and pets in need. PFL is a trailblazing program based . . . 

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Lawsuit seeks to evict foxes from Interior’s henhouse

By on August 1, 2018 with 4 Comments
Lawsuit seeks to evict foxes from Interior’s henhouse

Americans expect their government to conduct its affairs with transparency and fairness, and certainly not in the manner of the proverbial smoke-filled backroom. That’s certainly our view, and that’s why we’ve consistently challenged attempts by the USDA and other federal agencies to withhold data and . . . 

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A death at Chincoteague—once again

By on July 31, 2018 with 33 Comments
A death at Chincoteague—once again

I first read the book, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry when I was in 3rd grade. I tried for weeks to get the book from our school library, but it was always on loan. My mother finally bought it for me because I couldn’t . . . 

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Fighting cruelty, large or small, is our mission

By on July 30, 2018 with 0 Comments
Fighting cruelty, large or small, is our mission

You’re used to reading here and elsewhere about larger cruelty deployments in which The HSUS is involved, and that’s an important role we play as an organization with highly trained responders and a full-fledged animal response team. A large-scale animal cruelty case can be costly, . . . 

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Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

By on July 27, 2018 with 1 Comment
Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

What many commentators have cast as President Trump’s predilection for trade wars has certainly caused consternation and even outrage as it has became clear that more tariffs on exports of American farm products would result in major losses for the agricultural sector. That was especially . . . 

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Animal cruelty could be warning behavior for future terrorist acts, new report says

By on July 25, 2018 with 5 Comments
Animal cruelty could be warning behavior for future terrorist acts, new report says

The link between crimes involving cruelty to animals and human violence has been well documented and long recognized by the nation’s top law enforcement groups, including the FBI and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Now, a new report warns that animal abuse crimes could signal warning . . . 

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A new journey of hope begins for animals rescued from Mississippi house of horrors

By on July 24, 2018 with 5 Comments
A new journey of hope begins for animals rescued from Mississippi house of horrors

It is a moving photograph, and one that shows just how strong an animal can be in the midst of immense suffering. A dog, missing most of her hair coat, stares into the camera with one blue eye and one brown. She is curious but . . . 

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