Canada’s beleaguered seals are running out of time

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI/Canada, has been on the ice several times this week, documenting the harp seal nursery for Humane Society International. Photo by Michael Bernard/HSI

For decades, Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States have worked to stop Canada’s brutal commercial seal hunt, where seal pups are mercilessly clubbed and shot to death for their fur. Leading this fight has been Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of . . . 

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Mexican Senate passes bill to outlaw cosmetics testing

Mexican consumers, polls show, are increasingly turning toward cosmetics that do not involve animal suffering. Photo by iStock.com

Mexico took a giant step toward ending animal testing for cosmetics yesterday, with the Senate voting unanimously to ban such testing in the country. The bill would also ban, with some exceptions, the manufacture, import and marketing in Mexico of cosmetics animal-tested anywhere in the . . . 

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For participants’ safety, HSUS cancels Animal Care Expo 2020 as coronavirus pandemic continues

Expo attracts animal care and sheltering professionals, volunteers, and advocates from every state and from dozens of countries. Photo by Chris LeRoy/iStock.com

With the country in the grip of the coronavirus for an indefinite period, we’ve decided to cancel Animal Care Expo 2020, our marquee training and exhibition event for animal welfare professionals, scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas, this May. In some respects, it . . . 

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With a crisis unfolding, let’s keep animal protection on the agenda

We continue to support shelter and rescue groups all across the country as we come to terms with how things are changing, at least for now, while hoping that these mitigation efforts will mean that we can return to normal as soon as possible. Photo by ablokhin/iStock.com

Over the last few days, covid-19 has dramatically touched all of our lives. Like you, those of us here at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have had to modify our routines and schedules. Children are home from school. Family . . . 

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Dogs rescued from a North Carolina breeder spotlight the AKC’s role in puppy mill suffering

When rescuers found this dog at an AKC breeder, she was all skin and bones, riddled with parasites and lethargic. She was also pregnant with seven puppies.

The dog in the picture above exemplifies just how much is wrong with the way the American Kennel Club, which touts itself as a champion of dogs, goes about its business. She was recently rescued from an AKC breeder in Caldwell County, North Carolina, along . . . 

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How shelters are slashing pet euthanasia rates, increasing adoptions

KC Pet Project has developed programs like kitten showers, which are held at local breweries to raise funding for kittens at the shelter. Photo by Jill Renee

When KC Pet Project took on the operations of the Kansas City, Missouri, animal shelter eight years ago, the brand-new organization had a formidable task ahead. For many years the shelter had been euthanizing between 50 and 70% of the nearly 7,000 pets who came . . . 

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Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Contestants use digital technology to lure foxes and coyotes to their death. Photo by the HSUS

Our latest undercover investigation of wildlife killing contests in Maryland reveals a grisly world: one where contestants use digital technology to lure animals like foxes and coyotes to their death, riddle them with bullets in a mad rush to kill the most and heaviest animals, . . . 

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Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

In addition to working with shelters and issuing grants to close down gas chambers, our state directors have taken the fight to their statehouses. Photo by Beverley Vycital/iStockphoto

The euthanasia of homeless companion animals in gas chambers sounds archaic and is inhumane, but the practice is still prevalent in four states—Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming—where there are fewer than a dozen such chambers in operation. That’s still too many. Since 2013, the Humane . . . 

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U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

Each year tens of thousands of American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico where they are butchered for their meat. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Members of the U.S. House signaled their interest in protecting American horses by holding hearings on two important bills this week: one to stop the dangerous practice of drugging racehorses to enhance their performance on the tracks or disguise pain, and another to keep American . . . 

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HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

Before the fires, Kangaroo Island was home to an estimated 46,000 koalas; it is now estimated that only 9,000 remain. Above, HSI’s Kelly Donithan with a rescued koala.
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The Humane Society International rescue team’s reports from Australia’s Kangaroo Island describe an “apocalyptic” scene. Once a critical wildlife habitat celebrated the world over for its pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island has been ravaged by the recent bushfires, with at least 600 square miles of land . . . 

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