VA and HSUS announce pact to help veterans and homeless animals

We’ll work with the VA to promote and expand pet keeping for Veterans, encourage their engagement with local animal shelters and other humane organizations as adopters, patrons, and volunteers, and communicate the many benefits that companion animals bring to the lives of Veterans. Photo by iStockphoto

When you think of those who embody the notions of loyalty and faithful service, you need look no farther than the pets in our lives and the military Veterans who’ve served our nation. These faithful friends and defenders of hearth and home deserve every act of kindness we can deliver. As admirers of dogs and . . . 

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Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

The survey showed that voters, by a margin of more than five to one, oppose allowing American trophy hunters to import into the United States the parts of elephants and lions they kill in Africa. Photo by Alamy

We have no better evidence of the non-partisan nature of animal protection than new data from a national poll, released this week by The HSUS, that shows deep and widespread opposition to trophy hunting, including strong disapproval of allowing imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion trophies from several African nations. The survey showed that voters, . . . 

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U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

Americans imported the equivalent of at least 5,575 leopards between 2005 and 2014, nearly half of the global trade in leopard trophies during that period. Photo by Alamy

While we eagerly await President Trump’s follow-up on his decision to suspend imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, we hope he takes a broad look at the trophy hunting of other threatened and endangered species and stops all imports of the animals for their heads, tusks, and other body parts. More . . . 

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HSI closes 10th dog meat farm in Korea, rescuing 170 dogs

Mia, a beautiful golden retriever who will soon be in the United States, jumped up and gave our team members what has since become her signature “dog hug,” when she was first allowed out of her cage. Pictured above, Mia with HSI Senior Director of Companion Animals and Engagement Kelly O’Meara. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI

We’re back at it in South Korea, saving dogs from the worst imaginable circumstances on meat farms and starting them on a journey that will turn their lives in the most dramatic ways. It’s the 10th dog meat farm we’ve cleaned out since we started our End Dog Meat campaign. It is estimated that each . . . 

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World Trade Organization rules in favor of U.S. on dolphin-safe tuna labels

Today’s ruling means that all tuna sold in the United States under the dolphin-safe label will come from fishing fleets that do not chase down and set nets on dolphins as a way of catching the schools of tuna that swim beneath the dolphins. Photo by Alamy

You might call it The Day of the Dolphin II. The World Trade Organization has delivered a decisive and critical victory to protect dolphins from U.S. and foreign fleets seeking to sell tuna in the U.S. market, in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. This is the latest, and perhaps most definitive . . . 

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HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

Since Prop 2, The HSUS has led a national campaign to convince food retailers to phase in cage-free purchasing practices and to stop buying any eggs that come from hens in cages. Photo by David Paul Morris

California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the campaign next week, with a series of two dozen grassroots . . . 

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Honors among thieves

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry continue to knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes – a practice known as “soring.” The PAST Act contains the reforms that are so urgently needed to crack down on this cruel practice. Photo by The HSUS

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a practice known as “soring,” where trainers injure the feet or . . . 

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Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Last month, the National Chicken Council – the trade association for the broiler bird industry – actually petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift all line speed restrictions for poultry slaughter. Photo by Erin Van Voorhies

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine Billion Lives campaign and other major animal welfare groups joined . . . 

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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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