BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House approves bill to pair veterans with service dogs

By on February 5, 2020 with 101 Comments
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House approves bill to pair veterans with service dogs

The U.S. House has just approved a bill that would expand opportunities for veterans to get involved with training and adopting service dogs, leading to better lives for both the animals and the people helping them. The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, H.R. 4305, will . . . 

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State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

By on February 4, 2020 with 4 Comments
State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

This past year has been a mixed one for animals under President Donald Trump. On the one hand we’ve seen federal agencies take steps to improve the fortunes of animals used in testing and the wild horses and burros on our public ranges, and also . . . 

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New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

By on February 3, 2020 with 4 Comments
New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

A New York Senate committee voted unanimously today to advance a bill that would end the sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill is a direct result of national and local pressure, including the widespread outrage generated by . . . 

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860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

By on January 31, 2020 with 83 Comments
860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

Next Wednesday, trophy hunters with a yen for slaying some of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals will gather in Reno, Nevada, for the annual Safari Club International convention. This is perhaps one of the world’s largest such gatherings, and it’s a grim affair. . . . 

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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 49 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 111 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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