Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

By on January 16, 2018 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Steady progress against puppy mills — 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

Last week, the city of Poulsbo, Washington, became the 250th locality in the United States to enact a law prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, unless the animals are sourced from shelters or rescues. Cities, towns, and counties of all sizes . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

By on January 12, 2018 with 85 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

Today, The HSUS is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to scuttle the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule – one of the most important rules to ever come out of a federal agency, affecting the well-being of tens of millions of animals . . . 

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Bare black bear gets an incredible second chance at HSUS animal care center

By on January 10, 2018 with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Bare black bear gets an incredible second chance at HSUS animal care center

We take in thousands of animals at our wildlife rehabilitation facilities each year, but to me, the creature we took in a few weeks ago looked like no one who’d ever passed through our gates. At the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego . . . 

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New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

By on January 9, 2018 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

The movement to end the use of wild animals in circuses secured its biggest win yet, with New Jersey lawmakers, in the waning days of their lame duck session, voting nearly unanimously yesterday to ban almost all wild animal acts in the Garden State. Assemblyman . . . 

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Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

By on January 8, 2018 with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

Today, the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods, announced more progress in its movement away from confining mother pigs in tiny gestation crates, further acknowledging that animals built to move ought to be allowed to move. As a matter of historical import, our quest to . . . 

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HSUS’s successful lawsuit to protect Great Lakes wolves may hold key to restoring protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies

By on January 5, 2018 with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS’s successful lawsuit to protect Great Lakes wolves may hold key to restoring protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies

Thanks to skillful work that exposed the government’s shoddy science and its inattention to the legal standards of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), we’ve been able to maintain federal protections for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin by winning two key cases in a . . . 

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Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

By on January 4, 2018 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

With weather systems delivering punishingly low temperatures – along with ice, snow, and wind – deaths from the cold cycle are mounting, including animal victims. Heartbreaking images on social media, of dogs left outside and frozen, are almost too much to bear. Yesterday, People.com reported . . . 

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California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

By on January 3, 2018 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

According to our Humane State rankings for 2017, California remains the most humane state in the nation, comfortably ahead of number-two finisher Oregon and then Massachusetts, which has held the third position since 2016 when it approved a sweeping measure to restrict factory farming and . . . 

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Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

By on January 2, 2018 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

Today, we are celebrating the implementation of some major reforms for farm animals that went into effect yesterday in Ohio – a ban on keeping veal calves in crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around, and a ban on cutting off cows’ . . . 

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China’s ivory trade clampdown, Ringling closure, B.C. grizzly hunt ending among top wildlife victories of 2017

By on December 29, 2017 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
China’s ivory trade clampdown, Ringling closure, B.C. grizzly hunt ending among top wildlife victories of 2017

By Monday, China shuts down the latest tranche of its 177 ivory-carving factories and retail outlets. This is a breathtaking outcome, with the government delivering on its pledge to end its domestic ivory trade. China’s leaders, after beginning talks on the issues with their U.S. . . . 

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HSI deals a blow to poachers, traders by choking off the display and sale of wildlife at massive Indian fair

By on December 28, 2017 with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSI deals a blow to poachers, traders by choking off the display and sale of wildlife at massive Indian fair

At the annual Sonepur fair in India, trading in wildlife became something of a global spectacle for people drawn to this sordid and sickening enterprise. Poachers and traffickers would capture animals, including elephant calves from forests in Northeast India, and sell them at a de . . . 

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A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

By on December 27, 2017 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

In 2017, there were some mean-spirited, aggressive attacks on animal welfare that stirred the conscience and passions of tens of millions of Americans – particularly the readers of A Humane Nation. These maneuvers made so many of us question the wisdom and judgment of some . . . 

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