World’s largest fur auction house will close as demand for animal pelts drops

The world’s largest fur auction house says it will close its doors for good within the next three years, in yet another dramatic setback for this cruel trade that contributes to unnecessary suffering and death for millions of animals worldwide each year. Kopenhagen Fur, founded . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows dogs in dismal conditions at puppy mills while USDA turns a blind eye

An HSUS undercover investigator has recorded video footage of animals living in dismal conditions at puppy mills in the Midwest that have never or only rarely been cited for neglecting the animals in their care by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency whose . . . 

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The U.S. just delisted gray wolves so trophy hunters can kill them

Gray wolf in the mountains, looking back

In a heinous move that defies both science and common sense, the United States has prematurely lifted federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, giving them carte blanche to open trophy hunting seasons on these beloved native carnivores. The Department of the . . . 

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Tell Missouri to trash its black bear hunt proposal; it’s based on research funded by Safari Club

A cute black bear cub sitting under a tree

Missouri’s proposal to open season on black bears has the trophy hunting industry’s fingerprints all over it. But the state’s residents now have a chance to voice their opposition to it. The Missouri Department of Conservation has just opened formal public comment on this ill-conceived . . . 

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French bulldogs abandoned in airport warehouse highlight need for stronger enforcement against illegal puppy imports

It was a heartbreaking incident, by any measure. In August, authorities found more than a dozen dogs, mostly French Bulldogs, stranded for three days in their crates inside a warehouse at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. They had no food and water and the crates, witnesses say, . . . 

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China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

In 2016, China made a historic decision to ban the trade in ivory and other elephant body parts, claiming a spot on the frontlines of the global war to end the trafficking of threatened species. But China is still the world’s second largest importer (after . . . 

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Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

It was a long road for Pearl, who nearly didn’t survive after her rescue last December. She left the Caldwell County Animal Shelter this week. a well-rounded and healthy dog.
Photo by Brent B. Clark/AP Images for the HSUS

Wednesday was freedom day for Pearl, the Weimaraner rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill, whose emaciated condition after her rescue, with every rib in her body showing, shocked so many of you when we first featured her on this blog. Last week we shared . . . 

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California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California policymakers have put their best foot forward for mountain lions, but that has not been the case in Utah, Colorado and Washington. Photo by Joe Austin/Alamy Stock Photo

California, which took the pioneering move of banning mountain lion trophy hunting three decades ago, is still standing strong for these iconic animals. This week, California lawmakers passed groundbreaking legislation to ban the use of certain rodenticides that have been held responsible for the illness . . . 

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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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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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