Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Horses in the United States are raised as companions and partners in work and sport, and not as food animals. Above, rescued horses at the Duchess Sanctuary. Photo by Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens . . . 

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

The dogs, including some pets, are snatched from the streets, their muzzles tied tight with strings, after which they are stuffed into small sacks and packed into trucks, barely able to move or breathe. Photo by Dog Meat-Free Indonesia

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.

Animal fighting is the most widely criminalized form of animal cruelty in the United States, but ambiguities in the federal law have provided an opening for cockfighters to claim that it’s okay for this kind of staged cruelty to occur in U.S. territories. No longer if the PACE Act passes. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

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

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. Photo by iStockphoto

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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HSUS calls on L’Oreal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

It’s no longer mainstream to apply or drop chemical substances onto the skin or into the eyes of rabbits or other animals. Photo by iStockphoto

Some years ago, a handful of companies rejected animal testing as a research and development practice and chose to only market products known to be safe to consumers. As a nod to the growing ranks of consumers concerned about animal cruelty, they affixed a symbol on their packaging to signal “No Animal Testing.” Over time, . . . 

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California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

By closing the markets for the sale of dogs from puppy mills, the California law would redirect consumers to shelters and rescues. Photo by Amie Chou/The HSUS

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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Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

California had made it clear that the cruelty of foie gras is just too extreme to swallow, and the court affirmed California’s right to ban such abuse. Photo by Stopforcefeeding.com

In a major ruling with significant implications for the principle of the right of states to crack down on animal cruelty in agriculture, a unanimous panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. California had made it clear that the cruelty of foie . . . 

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Trainer of winning horse at national Tennessee walking horse show suspended from competition for illegal activity

The body of proof of the widespread and rampant abuse of big lick walking horses is unassailable. It’s high time for Congress to step up and recognize that this racket is rotten to the core, with no intention of ever reforming. Photo by The HSUS

A few days ago, I wrote about plummeting attendance at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, with the stands thin or bare on the most important nights of the two-week-long event – a resounding rejection by the public of the soring cruelty inflicted on horses in the big lick faction of this industry. There’s a . . . 

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HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for the good

In contrast to the AZA’s very meaningful accreditation program, a group called the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) “accredits” facilities that don’t meet the established group’s strict standards. The ZAA works to block legislation to ban private ownership of dangerous wild animals, and even to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

As if there isn’t enough misunderstanding in the world nowadays, a few voices in the zoo community have scolded the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for inviting me to give a keynote presentation at the opening session at the group’s annual conference that kicked off today in Indianapolis – a gathering that attracted about . . . 

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Fighting factory farming from Indiana to Indonesia

HSI organizes corporate roundtables that bring together food companies and egg and pig producers in different regions, creating a platform for companies to share ideas and leverage their collective influence to improve farm animal welfare. Photo by Getty Images

We’ve taken on factory farming in the United States with decisive results, using a multi-channel approach that includes public education, ballot initiatives, undercover investigations, corporate reform, meat reduction campaigns, and cooperation with farmers and ranchers on our agriculture councils. Humane Society International (HSI) is carrying out a similarly intense and high-impact campaign across the world. . . . 

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