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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

In 2015, The HSUS planted a stake in the ground in Puerto Rico. No longer would animal protection groups avert their gaze from the Commonwealth, with its nearly four million U.S. citizens. Thanks to one of our leading supporters in New Jersey, The HSUS hired a Commonwealth director. And in short order thereafter, we developed . . . 

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Animals hate fireworks, and we should pay attention

By on July 3, 2017 in Companion Animals with 7 Comments
Animals hate fireworks, and we should pay attention

Independence Day is the worst holiday of the year for Lily, my eight-year-old beagle mix. She reacts badly to loud, concussive noises at any time of the year, but when the Fourth of July comes around, she thinks it’s the apocalypse. Every bang and pop seems to run the length of her three-foot-long body, from . . . 

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Wounded warriors, heroic dogs working together

Wounded warriors, heroic dogs working together

Some 241 years ago, in Philadelphia, on a hot day in early July, the United States declared itself as a free and self-determining nation by adopting the Declaration of Independence. As the July 4 holiday approaches, it’s natural to look forward to parades, parties, and barbecues. But it’s also an opportunity to reflect upon the . . . 

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Great Danes got minimal care at New Hampshire mansion of horrors

Great Danes got minimal care at New Hampshire mansion of horrors

The rescue of 84 Great Danes from a 15,000-square-foot mansion in a resort community in central New Hampshire was as surprising as it was dramatic. The juxtaposition of a pricey neighborhood and a huge house packed with animals living in filth and squalor reminds us that there are hard-hearted and troubled people everywhere – people . . . 

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More states say ‘yes’ to breaking into cars when a dog is at risk

More states say ‘yes’ to breaking into cars when a dog is at risk

Yesterday, I wrote about Chinese authorities stopping a truck jam-packed with 800-plus dogs bound for slaughter. Today, I read a story about a truck with nearly 1,000 small animals crammed inside — including birds, chickens, bunnies, and guinea pigs – and left in the searing heat in Fresno County, California. The temperature inside the truck . . . 

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Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter

Authorities seize truck with more than 800 dogs, jam-packed in cages, bound for slaughter

Working on a tip from activists (including Humane Society International partner groups) just two days before the “official” start of the dog meat “festival” in Yulin, authorities have seized a truck transporting more than 800 dogs to a dog meat market. After 10 hours of negotiation, the dogs were handed over to the activists. At . . . 

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Breaking news: The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

Breaking news: The HSUS intervenes to stop outsized cruelty at a puppy mill in New Hampshire

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department with a puppy mill intervention not on a farm in Arkansas or a shack in North Carolina (two states where we’ve done major actions to help dogs), but rather in a mansion in northern New England. It is one of the most unexpected puppy mill operations our . . . 

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New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

New signs of hope and despair on dog and cat meat trade in China, with Yulin festival looming

This week, Chinese citizens recoiled after learning the story of a man who had baited 500 stray and owned cats with sparrows and other caged birds, captured them, crowded the poor animals into small cages, and made arrangements to sell them to restaurants for human consumption. Authorities discovered a cache of cats in the back . . . 

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More dogs pulled from the depths of the South Korean dog meat trade

More dogs pulled from the depths of the South Korean dog meat trade

Our rescue efforts continue for dogs destined for the butcher’s block in South Korea. Today, 12 recently rescued dogs are on the final leg of their journey into loving homes, prepped to start new lives that will bear almost no resemblance to their recent circumstances. The dogs were part of a backyard breeding operation in . . . 

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India adopts remarkable set of new animal protection policies

India adopts remarkable set of new animal protection policies

The Government of India has announced sweeping new regulations that are expected to end the suffering of dogs bred indiscriminately and without basic needs like food, water, and shelter; improve conditions for animals sold in livestock markets; and ensure that fish sold in aquariums and fish stores are not caught using destructive fishing practices, or . . . 

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