Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

Today’s verdict is a fitting end to a horror story that began to unfold in June 2017, when The HSUS assisted in an extraordinary rescue of 84 Great Danes from a New Hampshire mansion belonging to a wealthy breeder. Photo by Lindsay Hamrick/The HSUS

In a huge victory in our ongoing fight against commercial breeders who neglect and mistreat the animals in their care, a New Hampshire jury today found a woman who kept 84 Great Danes in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion guilty on 17 counts of animal cruelty. This is a fitting end to a . . . 

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Something’s rotten at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new book by an Oxford University wildlife biologist lays bare the circumstances of Cecil the lion’s death at the hands of the wealthy Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer. Palmer and his guides used a slaughtered elephant as bait, let Cecil suffer for hours in agony, and then took steps to cover up their seemingly illegal actions. Photo by 500px Prime

Most Americans learned about the trophy killing fringe group Safari Club International for the first time in July 2015. That’s when one of its members, Walter Palmer, killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, leaving the poor creature in agonizing mortal pain for at least 10 hours before deigning to finish him off. A new book . . . 

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California ballot measure would set a new precedent for farm animal welfare across the globe

The California initiative would go further than any farm animal protection measure ever considered, banning the sale of veal, eggs, and pork from facilities that force animals to spend their entire lives inside cruel and inhumane cages and crates. Photo by iStockphoto

In just six weeks, The HSUS and a coalition of leading farm animal protection organizations will deliver the signatures needed to launch a California ballot measure that The Guardian described as “History in the making.” That’s fitting, because the ballot and referendum process is a true gem of American politics, a chance for citizens to . . . 

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Harmful provisions in Congress’s spending bill would strip protections for wolves, reopen horse slaughter plants

The House Interior Appropriations bill contains an amendment to allow the Bureau of Land Management to kill thousands of healthy wild horses and burros. Photo by Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

As Congress works to finalize its FY18 spending bill to fund the federal government, key protections for animals are under attack. Some members, beholden to special interests, are attempting to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States, authorize the killing of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros, strip Endangered Species Act protections for . . . 

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Defying Trump, Fish and Wildlife Service reverses ban on “horror show” of elephant and lion trophy imports

This latest move by the FWS will undermine efforts to protect elephants and lions in Africa, whose populations are already under threat due to poaching and unsustainable levels of recreational trophy hunting. Photo by Cathy Smith

In a total departure from the position taken by President Trump in November when he called trophy hunting a “horror show,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted existing bans on the import of elephant and lion trophies from certain African countries, and has signaled it will approve such imports on a case by . . . 

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Bills in Iowa would force grocery stores to sell eggs from caged hens

A hen in a battery cage is forced to spend her entire life in a space that’s smaller than the dimensions of an iPad. Photo by The HSUS

The HSUS works year-round to secure the passage of animal protection bills in state legislatures, and to block bad ones advanced by lobbyists for Big Ag. Some lawmakers in Iowa have recently introduced two retrograde bills that seek to reverse the good work done by animal protection advocates in improving conditions for hens in battery . . . 

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As world watches Pyeongchang, HSI focuses attention on Korea’s grisly dog meat trade

HSI team members and local activists at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, with the mobile awareness campaign truck, “Look Inside a Dog Meat Farm.”
Photo by HSI

By Kitty Block A new generation of heroes has emerged in South Korea, and they are my friends and colleagues. This weekend, as viewers around the world tuned in to watch skating, skiing, hockey, and other sports at the Winter Games, I waited for news from the Humane Society International rescue team working just down . . . 

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Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of The HSUS and president of HSI, at a dog meat farm in Namyangju, South Korea, in November 2017. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

By Kitty Block Today, as the Winter Games begin in Pyeongchang, my colleagues in Humane Society International are on the ground in South Korea, extending their important work against the dog meat trade. Three years ago, The HSUS and HSI embarked on an important campaign in that nation, the only one in the world where . . . 

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HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

The organics rule covers an array of housing, husbandry, and other animal-care protocols for animals raised under the “organic” label, strengthening nebulous and weak standards for “organic” milk, meat, and eggs that have been in place since 1990. Photo by iStockphoto

Today, The HSUS is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to scuttle the Organics Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule – one of the most important rules to ever come out of a federal agency, affecting the well-being of tens of millions of animals each year. The USDA finalized the rule in January 2017, . . . 

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Steady progress against puppy mills – 250 localities now ban sales of cats and dogs at pet stores

HSUS investigations reveal that pet stores often mislead consumers about the source of the dogs they sell, resulting in countless would-be pet lovers enriching puppy mills that treat dogs inhumanely. Photo by David Sokol/For The HSUS

Last week, the city of Poulsbo, Washington, became the 250th locality in the United States to enact a law prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, unless the animals are sourced from shelters or rescues. Cities, towns, and counties of all sizes and demographics are registering their concerns about the national epidemic . . . 

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