Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

The two hunters have married a familiar display of personal affection to their brazen and remorseless killing of an animal whose lifeless body lies before them. It’s not romantic to the rest of us; it’s crass and clueless, and horrifying.

The latest controversy surrounding lurid social media posts by trophy hunters has prompted a predictable response — global outrage and a wave of tweet storms directed at the individuals involved. This time around, it’s a Canadian couple who posed for a kiss over the dead . . . 

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Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward

As the Romanian environmental minister pointed out in her remarks, the difficulty has less to do with bear behavior than it does with human behavior, and we fully support her decision to fine those who try to feed or deliberately attract bears. Photo by Volodymyr Burdiak/Alamy Stock Photo

Romania, which halted trophy hunting of its native carnivores in 2016, this week said it will allow the killing of 140 bears. The hunting quota was announced in response to reports of bear-human conflicts, with videos shared on social media showing people getting very close . . . 

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Charging ahead with reforms for chickens

In the United States, chickens make up a whopping nine billion of the roughly 10 billion land animals slaughtered each year. Photo by Burroblando/iStock.com

Only a few years ago, it may have appeared unfathomable for McDonald’s to make a commitment to use 100% cage-free eggs in its restaurants, or for poultry giant Perdue to announce game-changing reforms for chickens raised for meat. One might have never imagined entire states, . . . 

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HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.

Our investigators uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ivory objects for sale at businesses in Washington, D.C., including a full, carved elephant tusk priced at $600,000. Photo by the HSUS

Despite growing awareness about the havoc wreaked upon elephants by ivory poachers, our country – and our nation’s capital – are among the world’s biggest markets for ivory. Today, we’re releasing our latest investigation that has uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ivory . . . 

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Canada bans shark finning and shark fin trade

The massive global demand for shark fins has been a primary cause of shark population declines worldwide. Fins from as many as 100 million sharks are traded throughout the world every year. Photo by Shane Gross/iStockphoto

Canada, the largest importer of shark fins outside Asia, has passed a landmark bill that includes measures to prohibit the trade in shark fins nationally as well as finning in Canadian waters. Humane Society International/Canada joined Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard . . . 

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Dog meat ‘festival’ in Yulin, China; Activists rescue 62 dogs from slaughterhouse

According to a Chinese activist who was on the ground, the dogs at the slaughterhouse were exhausted and panting, some pressing themselves tight against the wall in an effort not to be noticed.

The dog meat festival in Yulin, China, begins this Friday. However, dogs and cats, either stolen from their owners or plucked from the streets, are already being mercilessly bludgeoned to death or electrocuted before being cooked and served up as food in the city’s restaurants. . . . 

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China takes a step toward joining global cruelty-free cosmetics revolution

The norm in China has been a requirement that all companies supply a sample of any new product proposed for sale in the country to a government-approved laboratory, which then performs skin and eye irritation tests in rabbits, and possibly other animal tests, to assess the product’s safety. Photo by NiDerLander/iStockphoto

China has, for a long time, been on the sidelines of the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Animal tests have, in fact, been a legal requirement for many types of cosmetics made and imported into China, and authorities have traditionally required pre-market . . . 

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An American trophy hunter wants to bring home an endangered cheetah he killed in Namibia

Cheetahs are listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, with just 7,100 animals remaining in the wild. Photo by Alamy

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The cheetah, an animal capable of top speeds of 75 miles per hour, is racing toward extinction, with just 7,100 animals left in the wild. Recently, in another expression of the callous disregard trophy hunters show for the world’s . . . 

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With new scorecard, HSUS will hold food companies accountable on cage-free timelines

Over the past decade, our Farm Animal Protection team has garnered commitments from major corporations to end cruel practices that were once accepted as industry norms, including cramming egg-laying hens into cages so tight that they can’t spread their wings. Photo by iStockphoto

Our dynamic Farm Animal Protection team has been responsible for a seismic shift in how the country’s largest food companies address animal welfare. From Walmart, Safeway and Kroger, to Denny’s, IHOP and Panera Bread, to Smithfield and Perdue, major corporations have worked with us to . . . 

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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

When we found these puppies, they were covered in tar that was fast hardening up around their tiny bodies. Had we not intervened, they would have almost certainly died. Photo by HSI

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the video below, were completely covered in the sticky black . . . 

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