Companion Animals

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654, this evening, getting us dramatically closer to the day when the nation has a federal anti-cruelty statute that allows the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and also the sexual exploitation of innocent . . . 

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Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

After an extraordinary intervention by local law enforcement officials and HSUS personnel this summer to shut down a Great Dane commercial breeder operating out of a mansion in a summer resort community in New Hampshire, justice has been rendered. Today, a New Hampshire court convicted Christina Fay of 10 counts of animal cruelty. It was . . . 

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Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

Nepal’s Supreme Court ends mass killings of street dogs

For decades, Nepal hasn’t treated its tens of thousands of homeless, roaming dogs in a way that reflects the kind teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, the religions predominantly practiced there. The main strategy of national and local authorities has involved public culls as a way to address the threat of rabies, by beating, shooting, or . . . 

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VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

By on December 6, 2017 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
VA and HSUS announce pact to help Veterans and homeless animals

When you think of those who embody the notions of loyalty and faithful service, you need look no farther than the pets in our lives and the military Veterans who’ve served our nation. These faithful friends and defenders of hearth and home deserve every act of kindness we can deliver. As admirers of dogs and . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and in legislative assemblies at the state and federal level. Each . . . 

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HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

We’re back at it in South Korea, saving dogs from the worst imaginable circumstances on meat farms and starting them on a journey that will turn their lives in the most dramatic ways. It’s the 10th dog meat farm we’ve cleaned out since we started our End Dog Meat campaign. It is estimated that each . . . 

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Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

Giving Tuesday a good time to give animals in distress a chance

Public education, laws, and corporate policies – invaluable and essential to our cause, and able in the end to prevent cruelty to millions of animals – can take years to enact and still longer to achieve their full effect. There are times when other forms of urgent action are also necessary, and few things can . . . 

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Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Devin Patrick Kelley was a miscreant as an adult—a sick and deranged human being, who left death and suffering and heartache in his wake. His worst act was the mass murder that he alone executed on Sunday, at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. But his burst of violence was not without some major . . . 

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HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade

The images in the video are the kind that tear more than tug at the hearts of dog lovers. Animals are snatched from the streets (including owned pets), their muzzles tied tight with strings, after which they are stuffed into small sacks and packed into trucks like vegetables or wine bottles, barely able to move . . . 

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New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

When Hurricane Maria scoured the landscape of Puerto Rico, it killed people. It flattened and swallowed structures. It cut off power and left people in the dark and without refrigeration or air conditioning. It killed a lot of animals. We know, because our teams were there after the storm hit, providing humanitarian assistance and animal . . . 

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