China’s recognition of dogs as companion animals bodes well for its animal welfare future

Today’s news from China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announcing they have exempted dogs from its list of animals considered to be livestock for the purposes of the meat trade is an encouraging sign that China’s leadership is open to policy changes that will make the world safer for everyone. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI

There is unprecedented focus on the challenges of animal welfare in China in the wake of COVID -19. The sharpening international scrutiny of its wildlife markets and wildlife trade will shake up animal protection policy in China and around the world. The news that a . . . 

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World Health Organization says nations should end wildlife trade

Dr. Anthony Fauci has called wildlife markets “a superhighway” for transmission of disease. Above, a wildlife market in Indonesia. Photo by Dog Meat Free Indonesia

The World Health Organization is calling on nations to end wildlife markets because of the high risk they pose for the spread of pathogens like the coronavirus that can jump from animals to humans. This week, David Nabarro, a medical doctor and the special envoy . . . 

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More than 86 million egg-laying hens in the U.S. are now cage-free

While a cage-free setting is by no means an ideal environment, it is a much better alternative to a battery cage. Photo by David Paul Morris

New federal data released this month shows the enormous progress we have made toward the goal of ending the cruel cage confinement of farm animals in the United States. More than a quarter (26.2%) of eggs produced in our nation are now cage-free, according to . . . 

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Second city in mainland China bans dog and cat meat trade

The city of Zhuhai announced that dogs and cats are not livestock meant for consumption, as part of a wider ban on eating wildlife. The ban will take effect May 1. Photo by Peter Li/HSI

A second city in mainland China has banned dog and cat meat, striking the latest in a series of blows against this cruel trade that causes immeasurable suffering and pain for millions of animals each year. The city of Zhuhai announced that dogs and cats . . . 

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Washington state plans to increase trophy hunting of cougars despite widespread public opposition

Despite public opposition, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is pushing a harmful proposal to expand trophy hunting of cougars. If you live in Washington, we encourage you to speak out against these proposals and tell the Commission you do not support trophy hunting of the state’s rare wild cats. Photo by Alamy

Every day produces ample evidence that those involved with harming and killing animals don’t take a break, even during a national emergency. And neither do we. The latest example involves a proposal to expand trophy hunting of cougars in Washington State. The Washington Department of . . . 

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Newly released footage confirms the Joe Exotic we know

Joe Exotic had a long history of breeding and dumping large numbers of big cats and bears. At his facility, it was routine to pull newborn cubs, some just hours old, from their mothers to be hand-raised so they could be readied for handling by the public. Photo by the HSUS

We’ve known “Joe Exotic” [Joe Schreibvogel) for a long while, and we know him well. This week, we’re releasing additional footage from the Humane Society of the United States investigations focusing on Joe, Doc Antle and other wild animal breeders and traders that began in . . . 

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Bipartisan congressional letter calls for end to live wildlife markets

Wildlife markets and related trade are a dangerous vector for transmission of zoonotic diseases. We applaud this bipartisan congressional letter calling for aggressive action toward a global shut down of live wildlife markets and a ban on the international trade of live wildlife that is not intended for conservation purposes. Photo by pasindu/pixabay

Consistent with the recommendations in Wildlife Markets and COVID-19, the Humane Society International report released earlier this week, and our own messaging on the pandemic, Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and more than sixty . . . 

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Canada’s beleaguered seals are running out of time

Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of HSI/Canada, has been on the ice several times this week, documenting the harp seal nursery for Humane Society International. Photo by Michael Bernard/HSI

For decades, Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States have worked to stop Canada’s brutal commercial seal hunt, where seal pups are mercilessly clubbed and shot to death for their fur. Leading this fight has been Rebecca Aldworth, executive director of . . . 

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Mexican Senate passes bill to outlaw cosmetics testing

Mexican consumers, polls show, are increasingly turning toward cosmetics that do not involve animal suffering. Photo by iStock.com

Mexico took a giant step toward ending animal testing for cosmetics yesterday, with the Senate voting unanimously to ban such testing in the country. The bill would also ban, with some exceptions, the manufacture, import and marketing in Mexico of cosmetics animal-tested anywhere in the . . . 

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For participants’ safety, HSUS cancels Animal Care Expo 2020 as coronavirus pandemic continues

Expo attracts animal care and sheltering professionals, volunteers, and advocates from every state and from dozens of countries. Photo by Chris LeRoy/iStock.com

With the country in the grip of the coronavirus for an indefinite period, we’ve decided to cancel Animal Care Expo 2020, our marquee training and exhibition event for animal welfare professionals, scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas, this May. In some respects, it . . . 

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