USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

Aurelia Skipwith told the Associated Press in an interview this week that her agency is “working hard” to lift federal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states by the end of this year. Photo by David Osborn/Alamy Stock Photo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency tasked with protecting American wildlife, is getting closer to allowing trophy hunters and cattle ranchers to open season on the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic—as well as most persecuted—animals. USFWS director Aurelia Skipwith . . . 

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Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that so far fewer than two dozen companion animals have tested positive, with no infections reported among birds, reptiles and fish. Photo by iStock.com

We received the sad news today that Buddy, the first dog in the United States known to have contracted the novel coronavirus, passed away on July 11. We share in the grief Buddy’s family is no doubt feeling over the loss of their beloved companion . . . 

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Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

Our Spayathon for Puerto Rico™ initiative has helped thousands of animals since we launched in 2018. With this new law we will be able to continue helping animals in underserved communities on the island. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for the HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have been pressing hard and with steady success to reduce companion animal overpopulation since the 1970s. Lately, we’ve done so with a special focus on underserved communities and constituencies through our Rural Area Veterinary Services, . . . 

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Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

We are pleased with the news that U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the U.S. Virgin Islands has reminded Virgin Islanders that animal fighting is now illegal there under federal law. This announcement reflects not simply the connections between animal fighting and other criminal activities, including violent crime and firearms offenses, but the idea that the illegal transport of fighting birds poses a particularly high risk at present because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Heather Severt/The HSUS

We were pleased with today’s news that U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the U.S. Virgin Islands has reminded Virgin Islanders that animal fighting is now illegal there under federal law. Shappert’s announcement reflected not simply her strong grasp of the connections between animal fighting . . . 

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Utah’s wildlife agency goes trigger happy with cougar killing quota increase

Despite widespread public opposition, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has proposed annual increases to the number of cougars that trophy hunters can kill in that state. Now, DWR is looking not merely to increase hunting quotas, but to open up the majority of Utah’s hunting units to unlimited trophy hunting of cougars and to double the number of cougars each trophy hunter can kill. Photo by Alamy

For the better part of a decade, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has proposed annual increases to the number of cougars that trophy hunters can kill in that state, despite widespread public opposition. Now, DWR is looking not merely to increase hunting quotas, . . . 

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Florida black bear cub poaching incident is a reminder of the need to coexist with wildlife

Black bears have historically been at the losing end when they cross paths with humans: they are hit by cars, shot by poachers and trophy hunters, often unfairly killed in the wake of human encounters and specifically targeted if there are conflicts with livestock. Photo by Sarkophoto/iStock.com

Last month, so many Floridians were shocked when the decaying body of a yearling bear cub, fondly nicknamed Bailey by members of the sprawling community that he sometimes visited, was discovered. This was an unlawful killing on its face, one that violated Florida regulations, but . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House approves key animal reforms, including combating wildlife trafficking, preventing cruel hunting practices and enforcing animal cruelty laws

A successful amendment would reinforce the importance of the State Department’s work with international partners to counter the trafficking of endangered species. Photo by Moiz Husein/iStock.com

The U.S. House today approved many key animal protection reforms, including measures designed to rein in horse soring, combat wildlife trafficking and help enforce animal cruelty laws, as part of Congress’s annual appropriations process. Members also prohibited the use of federal funds for implementing cruel . . . 

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Victory! Court says San Francisco fur ban will stay

Humane Society International has, through two investigations, exposed the extreme horror of fur farms and the lives of the animals who live on them. Photo by Kristo Muurimaa/Oikeutta Elaimille

A federal court judge last night threw out a challenge to San Francisco’s ban on the sale of fur, in a historic victory against this unnecessary and immensely cruel commodity. The city’s ban, which passed in 2018, took effect earlier this year and it led . . . 

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Indian state of Nagaland bans dog meat trade

The dogs were smuggled to the markets in sacks with just their heads poking out and their mouths stitched or tied with rope to keep them quiet. Photo by Alokparna Sengupta/HSI

We have more good news to report in our global fight against the dog meat trade. The Indian state of Nagaland last Friday announced an end to all import, trade and sales of live dogs and dog meat. The ban would end the terrible suffering . . . 

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Triple Crown season began with the racing industry under a cloud over horse deaths, trainer indictments

For decades, some trainers have used the absence of clear national medication standards to push horses to their limit with the use of drugs that can be harmful and even deadly for the animals. Photo by FatCamera/iStock.com

The coronavirus pandemic is not the only problem plaguing the horse racing industry as it prepares for the first of the Triple Crown races at Belmont Stakes this Saturday with altered schedules, shorter race times and a TV-only audience. This past year has placed the . . . 

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