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Helping the police, and helping dogs in the process

By on May 23, 2017 in Companion Animals with 12 Comments
Helping the police, and helping dogs in the process

Last July, Vickie Malone hosted kids at her home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, to celebrate her five-year old son’s birthday. Eli and the other kids were about to get ice cream and cake when they heard a shot ring out. Opie, the boy’s pit bull mix, was gasping for air after a local police officer in . . . 

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Breaking news: Dog meat sales at China’s Yulin festival likely banned for 2017

Breaking news: Dog meat sales at China’s Yulin festival likely banned for 2017

Humane Society International and Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP) have learned from sources that the Yulin government is set to ban restaurants, street vendors, and market traders from selling dog meat at its summer festival. This is one of the most symbolically significant animal cruelty festivals in the world, and the southwestern Chinese town . . . 

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Deliver us from the evils of bestiality

Deliver us from the evils of bestiality

Last week, West Virginia law enforcement officials, with an assist from The HSUS, arrested Victor Zandlo and charged him with suspected abuse of dogs. It was a particularly vicious case of bestiality. Local rescue groups did their best to help all eight dogs in the house, but they were too late for one member of . . . 

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New documentary takes aim at sled dog industry

By on May 12, 2017 in Companion Animals with 19 Comments
New documentary takes aim at sled dog industry

It was a horror story that made headlines throughout Canada and the rest of North America. The operator of a recreational sled dog company ordered the execution of 56 sled dogs in Whistler, British Columbia, after a downturn in tourist bookings following the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Robert Fawcett, under instructions from his employers . . . 

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New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

Take a good, hard look at our latest Horrible Hundred report – which is based on our research team scouring federal and state inspection reports of large-scale dog-breeding operations throughout the United States and giving a red card to some of the worst operators. It may be the last time you read a report like . . . 

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Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a morally inconsistent mess when it comes to animal welfare. Although in the past he’s signed important legislation to ban horse slaughter and to crack down on the ivory trade and the trade in trophies, among other positive actions, he’s also been a strong proponent of trophy hunting of . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

Last night, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on the details of a massive bill to fund the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 (through September 30th), and it’s packed with good news for animal protection. Working with our allies in the House and Senate, we staved off several anti-animal-protection riders, held the . . . 

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Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

In a groundbreaking victory for countless dogs caught up in Mexico’s animal fighting trade, the nation’s Senate has put the final stamp of approval on a comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting in the country and establishes tough penalties, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities like organizing fights, owning or trading . . . 

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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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