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Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified rescue organizations supply the animals. Pet stores will have one . . . 

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Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair

Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico – and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable — there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals. Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response at Humane Society International (HSI), reports that . . . 

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HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

HSI’s lifesaving work for street dogs, in the Philippines and around the world

One of Humane Society International’s most high-impact programs, Street Dog Defender, has the ambitious goal of improving the lives of 300 million street dogs around the world. These are animals who typically survive outside of homes or commercial locations and often live on the edge, without regular sources of food or water, let alone any . . . 

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Congress should ban malicious animal cruelty and bestiality

Congress should ban malicious animal cruelty and bestiality

Last week, the Kansas City Star reported that an elementary school worker in Springfield was being investigated by federal authorities for pornography involving sexual acts between that individual, a four-year-old child, and a dog. The facts in this case as we understand them are deeply disturbing and, by all appearances, the U.S. attorney in the . . . 

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National tragedies in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico command our attention

National tragedies in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico command our attention

A note about Las Vegas and gun violence: Our hearts at The HSUS are heavy in the wake of the unfathomable killing and wounding of more than 500 people in the nation’s biggest-ever mass shooting. This latest slaughter of our fellow citizens, enabled by a combination of a deranged person and the high-capacity weapons he . . . 

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NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

The Chelsea Kennel Club – a boutique Manhattan pet store that was the focus of an HSUS undercover investigation released just two months ago – appears to be shuttered. In July, we posted a heartbreaking video of sick puppies and deficient care there, which attracted five million views on Facebook. Today no one is answering . . . 

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Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

The situation in Puerto Rico is so dire that Commonwealth and federal authorities have still been unable to do a thorough damage assessment, even though it’s been five days since the hurricane enveloped the island and flooded or flattened so much of it. Cell phone towers were destroyed or rendered inoperative. The electrical grid failed, . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. In . . . 

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HSI helps more than 1,300 animals in Mexico after first earthquake, while Hurricane Maria scours Caribbean islands

HSI helps more than 1,300 animals in Mexico after first earthquake, while Hurricane Maria scours Caribbean islands

Today, we are consumed with thoughts of anguish and sorrow for the people and animals in a half-dozen nations – for 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico; for the already battered people in the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, and other island inhabitants of Caribbean countries; and for the people of Mexico, who’ve now been rocked . . . 

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California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

California is set to enact a statewide law that would ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and require that stores instead source dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescues. The Senate recently passed the measure with not a single legislator dissenting, and the Assembly concurred in overwhelming fashion, delivering the . . . 

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