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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects -- something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades.

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects — something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for The HSUS

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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Sheriffs stand strong against animal cruelty, and so do we

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties -- like cockfighting.

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties — like cockfighting.
Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, we hosted John Thompson, the deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, at our national headquarters and bestowed upon him a Humane Leadership Award for helping bring humane sensibilities into the consciousness of the nation. Thompson is straight out of central casting as a law enforcement man, yet his heart is just as . . . 

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Taiwan bans the trade in dog and cat meat

Taiwan's legislature took a huge step in ending the global dog meat trade by amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of dogs. In addition they were the first to include a ban on the cat trade.

Taiwan’s legislature took a huge step in ending the global dog meat trade by amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of dogs. In addition they were the first to include a ban on the cat trade. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI

This week, our fight against the global dog meat trade got an enormous lift with Taiwan’s legislature amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of our best friends. Taiwan becomes the latest nation in the region to make an emphatic statement and to curb the trade and the first to include . . . 

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Disgraceful, unacceptable orca slaughter in St. Vincent

Orcas are complex creatures with strong family bonds, and killing even one member of a pod can have devastating effects on the others.

Orcas are complex creatures with strong family bonds, and killing even one member of a pod can have devastating effects on the others. Photo by iStockphoto

You’ll sometimes hear apologists suggest that whaling is compatible with whale watching, and that the two can flourish together. But the fact is, they really can’t, as a staggering incident last week, off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, made plain. There, according to local media reports, tourists on a whale-watching expedition were . . . 

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Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

Three rhinos are poached every day for their horns. Above, armed game wardens watch over an endangered northern white rhino at a nature conservancy in Kenya.

Three rhinos are poached every day for their horns. Above, armed game wardens watch over an endangered northern white rhino at a nature conservancy in Kenya. Photo by Alamy

It’s an alarming and revealing photo – a group of four game wardens in Kenya, guns in hand, surrounding a large adult male northern white rhino. That picture tells two stories: one revealing human avarice, but the other reminding us of human grace and resolve to stop the savage, serial killing of one of the . . . 

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The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

The nation is waking up to cruelty as an indicator of social pathology. First offenders typically start on animals, and then turn their violent instincts to people.

The nation is waking up to cruelty as an indicator of social pathology. First offenders typically start on animals, and then turn their violent instincts to people. Photo by iStockphoto

I’ll get to that matter, but some background first. In 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to adopt felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty. That action puts an exclamation point on the notion that opposition to the worst forms of cruelty is a universal value in the United States and that people who commit such . . . 

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Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

In The Humane Economy, I argue that we are at a turning point in our relationship with animals, and when we look at animal issues through an economic lens, there’s a more compelling argument than ever to do right by animals.

In The Humane Economy, I argue that we are at a turning point in our relationship with animals, and when we look at animal issues through an economic lens, there’s a more compelling argument than ever to do right by animals.

It’s fitting, it seems, that on the launch day of the paperback version of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals in bookstores, Burger King and Tim Horton’s announced new policies concerning the welfare of chickens raised in meat production. These major food retailers are announcing new space . . . 

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Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

Ending dog-meat eating, and shuttering thousands of dog meat farms, is a top priority for Humane Society International.  Estimates suggest that butchers kill 30 million dogs a year across Asia. Above, a dog on a dog meat farm in South Korea.

Ending dog-meat eating, and shuttering thousands of dog meat farms, is a top priority for Humane Society International. Estimates suggest that butchers kill 30 million dogs a year across Asia. Above, a dog on a dog meat farm in South Korea. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI

If we are going to ask the rest of the world to end the era of dog- and cat-meat consumption, we have to establish a bright-line legal standard against the practice in the United States. We took one big step toward achieving that goal today by working with some of our strongest congressional allies. U.S. . . . 

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Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

As much as we might disagree with the court’s decision, it provides an unfortunate but nonetheless compelling argument for Congress to keep its nose out of ESA listing and delisting actions.

As much as we might disagree with the court’s decision, it provides an unfortunate but nonetheless compelling argument for Congress to keep its nose out of ESA listing and delisting actions. Photo by Alamy

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday, all but clearing the way for the state to allow an open season on the small population of wolves surviving in the state (only the wolves who . . . 

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Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

Hunters and anglers deposit tens of thousands of tons of lead in our environment, and it is estimated that between 10 and 20 million birds and other animals die each year from lead poisoning.  Above, an eastern screech owl with lead poisoning being cared for at one of our wildlife care centers.

Hunters and anglers deposit tens of thousands of tons of lead in our environment, and it is estimated that between 10 and 20 million birds and other animals die each year from lead poisoning. Above, an eastern screech owl with lead poisoning being cared for at one of our wildlife care centers. Photo by Cassie Langtry/The HSUS

So much for sober-minded consultation, careful study of the data, and thoughtful analysis from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other experts on his staff. Before the chair in his office was even warm, and just after he dismounted from his horse, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke undid a director’s order to phase out the . . . 

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