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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USDA ponders disastrous plan to eliminate government inspections for licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers, and allow self-policing by third parties

The political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and research labs to the very groups using the animals. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and . . . 

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Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

In October, a federal judge gave the green light to an agreement between environmental groups and the USDA to halt aerial gunning, trapping, snaring, and the use of cyanide on coyotes and other animals in 16 California counties.

Our federal government is in the business of killing native carnivores and birds in mindboggling numbers every year, mainly with your tax dollars. It’s an obscure program, euphemistically known as USDA Wildlife Services, and it amasses an annual body count in the millions, including wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, foxes, and countless species . . . 

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British Columbia strengthens ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Under the prior Liberal government, British Columbia had become the world’s grizzly-bear-hunting hub, with trophy hunters killing 250 of the great bears a year there. Photo by iStockphoto

Today, British Columbia’s New Democratic Party government delivered on its campaign promise and more by announcing a provincial ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears, even if the hunters involved claim they eat the meat of the animal. The NDP, in cooperation with the Green Party, ousted the Liberals in elections earlier this year, gaining . . . 

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HSUS stays the course for animals in Puerto Rico with Operation Viva Vieques

Dozens of veterinarians from Puerto Rico and veterinary teams from around the world deployed to the island where we hosted 20 free spay/neuter and vaccine clinics and free horse wellness clinics. Pictured above, Dr. Adriana Silva with one of her patients. Photo by Thaisi Da Silva/The HSUS

Our longstanding work in Puerto Rico was made all the more urgent when Hurricane Maria pummeled the islands and all but eliminated utilities, transportation, and other essential services for weeks and, in some parts, months. Given our work on the ground, and our connections with so many key constituencies in Puerto Rico, we were in . . . 

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