South Dakota’s grisly predator bounty program has already claimed 15,000 animal lives this spring, and counting

By on May 16, 2019 with 13 Comments
South Dakota’s grisly predator bounty program has already claimed 15,000 animal lives this spring, and counting

In the last month, South Dakota residents have trapped and killed more than 15,000 raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes and badgers, cut off their tails, and submitted them to the state’s wildlife management agency for a $10-per-tail reward, all as part of South Dakota’s new Nest . . . 

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An American trophy hunter wants to bring home an endangered cheetah he killed in Namibia

By on May 15, 2019 with 22 Comments
An American trophy hunter wants to bring home an endangered cheetah he killed in Namibia

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The cheetah, an animal capable of top speeds of 75 miles per hour, is racing toward extinction, with just 7,100 animals left in the wild. Recently, in another expression of the callous disregard trophy hunters show for the world’s . . . 

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Annual Horrible Hundred report identifies problem puppy mills in U.S.; Reveals USDA is failing to crack down on violators

By on May 14, 2019 with 22 Comments
Annual Horrible Hundred report identifies problem puppy mills in U.S.; Reveals USDA is failing to crack down on violators

Our seventh annual Horrible Hundred report, which we are releasing today, reveals shocking instances of neglect and mistreatment of dogs in puppy mills, including severely underweight dogs and large numbers of puppies dying mysteriously. What it also reveals is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . 

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Doris Day was a force for animal protection

By on May 13, 2019 with 4 Comments
Doris Day was a force for animal protection

With the passing of legendary actress, singer and animal advocate Doris Day, the world has lost a generous and kind soul. Even as we mourn the loss of a woman whose grace, talent and versatility left so many of us charmed, I want to celebrate . . . 

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New York’s pioneering bill to end giraffe trafficking now heads to governor’s desk

By on May 9, 2019 with 4 Comments
New York’s pioneering bill to end giraffe trafficking now heads to governor’s desk

New York State is standing tall for giraffes. The state’s lawmakers recently passed a bill that would designate giraffes as a vulnerable species and ban trafficking in their body parts, thus leading the way toward saving this beleaguered species that is fast heading toward extinction. . . . 

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New York City pet store faces lawsuit following HSUS undercover investigation that exposed sick, mistreated puppies

By on May 8, 2019 with 1 Comment
New York City pet store faces lawsuit following HSUS undercover investigation that exposed sick, mistreated puppies

A New York pet store that sold numerous sick puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting consumers now faces a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly failing to give proper medical care to sick puppies and deceiving buyers about their health. The store’s former owner may . . . 

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Urgent alert! Act now to prevent trophy hunting of gray wolves

By on May 8, 2019 with 13 Comments
Urgent alert! Act now to prevent trophy hunting of gray wolves

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Time is running out for America’s gray wolves. The opportunity to weigh in on a proposed federal rule that would prematurely strip Endangered Species Act protections for the wolves in the lower 48 states ends soon, and it is . . . 

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Breaking news: Washington governor signs historic law to end cage confinement of egg-laying hens

By on May 7, 2019 with 3 Comments
Breaking news: Washington governor signs historic law to end cage confinement of egg-laying hens

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has just signed into law the strongest protections for egg-laying hens ever passed in any state legislature. This historic win will benefit approximately eight million hens each year, freeing them from cage confinement by the end of 2023. The measure builds . . . 

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To the Rescue! Gala celebrates work to end farm animal suffering, even as new U.N. report says industrial farming, other human actions are driving animals to extinction

By on May 6, 2019 with 0 Comments
To the Rescue! Gala celebrates work to end farm animal suffering, even as new U.N. report says industrial farming, other human actions are driving animals to extinction

A new United Nations report out today foretells a dire future for Planet Earth: as many as one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, mainly due to human actions, including development, the cutting of down forests and exhaustion of natural resources, . . . 

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Lions living in squalor highlight urgent need to end captive lion breeding industry, canned hunts

By on May 3, 2019 with 13 Comments
Lions living in squalor highlight urgent need to end captive lion breeding industry, canned hunts

South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry is a grim enterprise, and it is one that we have been working to shut down for good. Approximately 12,000 lions are held in 200 lion breeding farms, including some where trophy hunters, including many Americans, pay to kill . . . 

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Activists expose dog meat industry in Shanghai, as city hosts World Dog Show

By on May 2, 2019 with 3 Comments
Activists expose dog meat industry in Shanghai, as city hosts World Dog Show

Shanghai is now hosting the 2019 World Dog Show, an event billed as a “joyful gathering for dog lovers and lovely dogs across the world.” Meanwhile, at restaurants just a few miles away, diners will partake of meat from dogs just as beautiful and lovable . . . 

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Bill in Congress would require better veterinary care, other reforms for dogs in puppy mills

By on May 1, 2019 with 14 Comments
Bill in Congress would require better veterinary care, other reforms for dogs in puppy mills

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A quartet of bipartisan U.S. Representatives today introduced a bill that would strengthen baseline standards for commercial dog dealers regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act. The Puppy Protection Act was introduced by Reps. . . . 

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