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U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

The House voted to overturn a federal rule that barred some appalling practices, including denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares.

The House voted to overturn a federal rule that barred some appalling practices, including denning of wolf pups, killing hibernating bears, spotting grizzly bears from aircraft and then shooting them after landing, and trapping grizzly bears and black bears with steel-jawed leghold traps and snares. Photo by Alamy

What the U.S. House of Representatives did today – actually a very narrow majority of the House – was shameful. Cruel. Callous. Venal. The vote in favor of H.J. Resolution 69, authored by Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, was 225 to 193. Those 225 members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, . . . 

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The HSUS will never back down in face of attacks from animal abuse interests

The HSUS was founded to get to the heart of animal cruelty and develop programs to stop it. It’s a mission we carry out with great care and purpose, every single day. Above, a dog rescued from a puppy mill.

The HSUS was founded to get to the heart of animal cruelty and develop programs to stop it. It’s a mission we carry out with great care and purpose, every single day. Above, a dog rescued from a puppy mill. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you might catch a glimpse of a commercial during this Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game show mischaracterizing the work of The HSUS. It’s more from D.C. public-relations operative Rick Berman and his so-called Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). I’ve written about Berman many times on this blog – . . . 

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The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

Seven states bar the sale of puppies from mills with a history of gross violations of the Animal Welfare Act.  The USDA's action leaves regulated dog sellers in those states with no practical way to comply with laws, and state and local law enforcement with almost no ability to enforce them.

Seven states bar the sale of puppies from mills with a history of gross violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The USDA’s action leaves regulated dog sellers in those states with no practical way to comply with laws, and state and local law enforcement with almost no ability to enforce them. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

There’s an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision late last week to delete from its website inspection reports on thousands of commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other facilities regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse . . . 

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First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

An investigation of the California egg producer's facilities revealed birds locked in cramped, overcrowded cages in which they could not fully spread their wings. Decaying corpses lay in cages next to live birds laying eggs for human consumption.

An investigation of the California egg producer’s facilities revealed birds locked in cramped, overcrowded cages in which they could not fully spread their wings. Decaying corpses lay in cages next to live birds laying eggs for human consumption. Photo by The HSUS

Eight years after voters approved the landmark ballot initiative, and two years after the law took effect, a law enforcement agency today brought criminal charges against a California egg producer, Hohberg Poultry Ranch, in southern California, with 39 counts of violating Prop 2 and 16 other counts of violating the state anti-cruelty code. Specifically, the . . . 

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A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

There are approximately 700 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area, and wildlife managers have cataloged more than 100 grizzly deaths during the past two years – most of them human-caused.

There are approximately 700 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone area, and wildlife managers have cataloged more than 100 grizzly deaths during the past two years – most of them human-caused. Photo by Alamy

The Obama Administration has passed a flaming-hot coal to the Trump Administration – pushing to the incoming leadership at the Interior Department the decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears. Yesterday, news outlets reported that a Rocky Mountain region official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the agency . . . 

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Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Lawmakers are ignoring the fact that these apex carnivores occupy just a fraction of their original range and number only 5,000 across the entire lower 48 states.

Lawmakers are ignoring the fact that these apex carnivores occupy just a fraction of their original range and number only 5,000 across the entire lower 48 states. Photo by iStockphoto

Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive kill of the ecologically and economically beneficial native carnivores, but . . . 

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More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

Globally, tens of thousands of animals suffer in factory farm-like conditions where they are raised for their skins and furs, but producers need markets to sell their wares.  Above, a mink in the wild.

Globally, tens of thousands of animals suffer in factory farm-like conditions where they are raised for their skins and furs, but producers need markets to sell their wares. Above, a mink in the wild. Photo by Alamy

We’ve seen some extraordinary gains in the United States for animals in recent years, but India has more than kept pace, particularly since Humane Society International opened an office there five years ago. Working alongside local groups, our HSI team has just succeeded in persuading authorities to ban the import of the skins of exotic . . . 

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Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

The animal-based circus looks and feels archaic. We now know about the endless privation for animals living in near constant confinement or tethered to chains.

The animal-based circus looks and feels archaic. We now know about the endless privation for animals living in near constant confinement or tethered to chains. Photo by Alamy

It was the second thunderbolt from Ringling Bros. in the span of two years – a little more than a flash of time in the company’s 146-year history, but as dramatic and sensational as one could imagine. On Saturday night, during a long holiday weekend when people aren’t paying as much attention to the news . . . 

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Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

Within the last two years, more than 200 companies have committed to go cage-free, and egg producers know that they must move dramatically toward more extensive systems if they want to sell eggs.

Within the last two years, more than 200 companies have committed to go cage-free, and egg producers know that they must move dramatically toward more extensive systems if they want to sell eggs. Photo by David Paul Morris/For The HSUS

Today, Unilever – one of the world’s largest food conglomerates – announced that it has fulfilled its pledge to go exclusively cage-free for eggs in all Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise products, three years ahead of schedule. The acceleration of its previously-stated cage-free timeline – which translates into more than a million birds a year . . . 

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Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

The stigma of soring has made the walking horse industry the pariah of the horse world, and has had a long-standing, adverse effect on the economic viability of this industry, which suffers from diminished breeding and attendance at its major events.

The stigma of soring has made the walking horse industry the pariah of the horse world, and has had a long-standing, adverse effect on the economic viability of this industry, which suffers from diminished breeding and attendance at its major events. Photo by The HSUS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s anti-horse-soring rule – put in motion after a damning 2010 Inspector General’s report identified deficiencies in the execution of the federal law against horse soring – is in peril despite the agency announcing final, favorable action on the issue just days ago. The trigger for the problem was bureaucratic bungling . . . 

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