Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

The passage of Proposition 12 in California creates a bright-line legal standard that prohibits the confinement of egg-laying hens, pigs used for breeding, and calves raised for veal in cages or crates so small that they are essentially immobilized for their whole lives. Photo by iStockphoto

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund take on the big fights: the ones that have the greatest long-term impact for the most animals. On Election Day, we prevailed once again with two decisive and historic victories, one for . . . 

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Breaking news: Iconic fashion brand Coach drops fur

The fur trade kills more than 100 million animals each year, and the announcement today from a brand as iconic as Coach is the latest indication that fur is not fashionable. Photo by Alamy

Luxury brand Coach has become the latest fashion brand to adopt a 100 percent fur-free policy, with the company’s chief executive Joshua Schulman declaring, “We’re doing it because we believe it’s the right thing to do.” The Humane Society of the United States has been . . . 

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As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

Racing dogs are muzzled 95 percent of the time and kept inside stacked cages for 20-23 hours every day. Photo by Alamy

Greyhound racing is a bleak and sordid enterprise for the animals. The dogs are confined 20-23 hours a day in stacked, warehouse-style metal cages barely large enough for them to turn around in, and death rates on the tracks are high. In Florida alone, one . . . 

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Bill in Pennsylvania would ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores

Sellers hide the grim reality of puppy mills behind shiny pet store facades and websites, duping consumers who know nothing of the terrible conditions in which the animals were raised. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

A bill that would ban the sale of dogs from large-scale commercial breeders at pet stores is making its way through the Pennsylvania state senate. If it passes, Pennsylvania would become the third state in under two years to end pet store sales of dogs . . . 

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U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

The idea of slaughtering these magnificent animals who roam the plains and mountains of the American west, and having them served up on foreign dinner plates, is abhorrent. A poll shows that 80 percent of Americans are opposed to sending horses to slaughter for human consumption. Photo by iStockphoto

A federal agency yesterday started removing nearly 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden territory in California’s Modoc National Forest. Animals more than 10 years old who are not adopted could be sold to “kill buyers” for a dollar and then end up in a . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion leader Diane von Furstenberg announces fur-free policy

The fur trade kills more than 100 million animals each year. Animals used for fur are either trapped in the wild, where they remain in cruel leghold traps for days without food or water, or they are raised in cramped cages for their entire lives and then killed by electrocution or gassing. Photo by Alamy

Diane von Furstenberg’s namesake brand, DVF, has become the latest luxury fashion company to drop fur from its lineup, with CEO Sandra Campos announcing today that it is “time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing . . . 

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One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

In study after study, qualified biologists have expressed their alarm about hunting and predator control of large carnivores like bears. Above, Snow, a bear who lives in Yellowstone. Photo by Wendy Keefover/The HSUS

Less than 24 hours after a court order restored Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, the mischief in Washington, D.C. has begun again. The ink was hardly dry on Judge Dana Christensen’s order before Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last night advanced . . . 

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Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas

Our highly trained and technically certified staff is working closely with emergency officials and shelter partners to wade through flood waters and help animals stranded or in need. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, emergency officials in Horry County, South Carolina, which has been bracing for record flooding following Hurricane Florence, received a call from a couple with 12 cats. Their home was surrounded by rapidly rising waters, and they didn’t want to evacuate without making sure their . . . 

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Urgent alert: Help stop cruel hunting methods in Alaska, like killing wolf pups at their dens, shooting hibernating mother bears

The proposed rule would bring back controversial hunting methods on 20 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska, like using artificial light to kill hibernating mother black bears and their cubs in their dens, and shooting wolf and coyote pups and mothers at their dens. Photo by Alamy

A rule proposed by the federal government to reintroduce some of the cruelest of hunting methods to national preserves in Alaska has raised a chorus of outrage from conservation organizations, biologists, elected officials and American citizens, and there is still time to speak out against . . . 

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As Hurricane Florence barrels toward East Coast, HSUS Animal Rescue Team moves to keep animals safe

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, our HSUS Animal Rescue Team is in full response mode, coordinating efforts with partners to empty shelters in the path of the storm and facilitating the transport of animals to safety. Photo by Kevin Wolf / AP images for the HSUS

As severe weather events have become more frequent and more destructive in recent years, our Animal Rescue Teams at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have not merely expanded but also learned to pivot swiftly to respond to crisis situations. . . . 

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