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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

Over the past two years our work in Puerto Rico has touched virtually every aspect of animal protection, from humane education to law enforcement training to spay and neuter programs to shelter/rescue support. Photo by Brandywine Valley SPCA

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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EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely

When used properly, PZP reduces fawning rates by 85 to 90 percent. Photo by Richard Ellis/For The HSUS

For years, when community residents became agitated about the presence of deer in their neighborhoods, government leaders and residents often defaulted to shooting or even killing the animals with arrows as a way to reduce their densities. Now, in a move that will help communities interested in considering a different and humane response to conflicts . . . 

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Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

The collusion between Republican politicians, state fish and wildlife agencies, trophy hunters, and mining interests is murder on America’s small, remaining populations of beloved native carnivores. Photo by iStockphoto

It wasn’t enough that earlier this year a narrow majority of lawmakers in Congress targeted wolves and other native carnivores for destruction on 76 million acres of our national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Now, they are expanding that fight to National Park Service lands in Alaska – another 20 million acres, where they want to . . . 

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Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

The same lawmakers who voted today to reopen U.S. horse slaughter plants are blocking a different bill backed by The HSUS that would forbid the transport of horses for slaughter for human consumption to other countries. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., to bar horse slaughter operations . . . 

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Combating climate change by thinking about diet

Thanks to our training program for food service professionals, more than 350 K-12 schools, universities, hospitals and even military bases have launched plant-forward menus. Photo by Kristie Middleton/The HSUS

There have been plenty of headlines about the United States pulling away from the Paris agreement on climate change. But even among individuals, institutions, and nations deeply committed to the cause of minimizing the human impact on climate, there is still too little attention to the role of agriculture. Despite being one of the biggest . . . 

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States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

Dozens of bears are dying because of incidental human interactions each year. They are hit by cars. Shot by poachers. Killed if there is a human encounter. Targeted if they menace livestock. Above, a black bear mother nurses her cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Wendy Keefover/The HSUS

Throughout the country, humans are crossing paths with bears, and in almost every case, the bears end up on the losing side. This week, near the top of Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, a photographer snapped a picture of a grizzly bear with a Conibear-style furbearer trap clamped over one paw. Conibear traps are the biggest . . . 

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

There were big dogs who had spent countless hours in cages. There was no sign of drinking water, just remains of raw chicken parts strewn around the dogs. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

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

Hundreds of activists, including many belonging to our partner group, Guangzhou Animal Rescue, played a key role in the massive seizure of dogs bound for the Guangzhou province, known as the “world capital of dog meat consumption.” Photo by LJQ

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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HSUS investigation pulls the curtain back on tiger abuse by traveling circus trainer

It’s painful to watch a grown man whipping a majestic tiger and watching the world’s most powerful predator flinch  and cower in fear.

It’s painful to watch a grown man whipping a majestic tiger and watching the world’s most powerful predator flinch and cower in fear. Photo by The HSUS

A new HSUS undercover investigation reveals the mistreatment of eight tigers featured in Ryan Easley’s ShowMe Tigers act – a traveling circus gig that is contracted out to branded circuses. It’s painful to watch a grown man whipping a majestic tiger as the world’s most powerful predator flinches and cowers in fear. It’s a coercive . . . 

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Federal legislation introduced to ban doping of horses

The Horseracing Integrity Act introduced today is a step up from prior versions of the bill, not least because it seeks to bring regulation to all of horse racing and to ban any same-day drugging of horses. Photo by iStockphoto

Today, two lawmakers from Congressional districts with major horse hoofprints – Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. – introduced legislation to end any doping of Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter horses in the business of pari-mutuel racing. This legislation seeks to launch a new era in the racing industry, which for decades has resisted . . . 

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