New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

After dinner we were treated to an impromptu performance by Leo, pictured above, who danced around, drumming on everything in his enclosure. He kept time and beat perfectly. Photo by Crystal Alba/Project Chimps

I arrived at Project Chimps yesterday just as dinner was being served to its residents: 79 retired research chimpanzees who now call this verdant, 236-acre sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia their home. The building we were in is a brand-new, state-of-the-art . . . 

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Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

The United States is one of the world’s largest cosmetics markets and this bill has the potential to spare the lives of thousands of mice, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs. Photo by Niderlander NiDerLander/iStock.com

The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step . . . 

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USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records at puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

The proposal would further solidify the obfuscation that began when the administration purged all Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act records from the USDA website, just a few weeks after President Trump took office in 2017. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . . 

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Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

Michigan is the fourth state in just the past year where we’ve secured a law that prohibits the caging of hens. Photo by David Paul Morris/For the HSUS

Moments ago, Michigan passed into law a ban on the production and sale of eggs from chickens locked in cruel cages. This is a remarkable and historic moment in our work to end the cage confinement of farm animals. Michigan is a major Midwestern agriculture . . . 

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House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

Sharks are now being killed 30 percent faster than they can reproduce. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2011, 16,815 metric tons of shark fins were traded worldwide. Photo by Ricardo Azoury/ostock

The U.S. House just said a decisive and resounding “no” to the terrible shark fin trade, in which fishermen cut the fins off sharks and dump them back into the waters to drown, be eaten alive by other fish, or bleed to death. House members . . . 

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Louisville, KY, urges Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to stop blocking efforts to end horse soring, pass PAST Act

Soring is the intentional infliction of pain on a horse’s legs or hooves to make the animal perform an artificial, high-stepping show ring gait known as the “Big Lick.” Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Council members of the largest city in Kentucky last night adopted a resolution with a strong message for the state’s two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul: co-sponsor and help enact the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to . . . 

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New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

Cougars, who once ranged from coast to coast, are now found in only 16 states and are considered endangered in Florida. Their numbers have been decimated by trapping, trophy hunting and habitat loss. Photo by Jim Zuckerman/Alamy Stock Photo

New Mexico will no longer allow trophy hunters to prey upon its cougars with cruel snares and leghold traps. The State Game Commission just now voted to pass a proposal that would end all recreational trapping of these majestic animals, as well as limit trophy . . . 

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New poll shows more Floridians than ever oppose hunting of black bears

During the 2015 hunting season in Florida, 304 bears were killed in just two days, including 179 female bears. Approximately 38 of those were lactating, meaning these bears had cubs they were still feeding and caring for. Photo by Anton Sorokin/Alamy Stock Photo

Florida authorities are now considering a proposal to manage the state’s black bear population, including a plan that could open the animals to the sights of trophy hunters. But a new statewide poll shows that more than two-thirds of Floridians are against the idea of . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

More than a million pangolins were killed by poachers between 2004 and 2014. The demand has been driven by the fact that pangolin scales and meat are prized for their use in traditional “medicines” and as a culinary delicacy in Asia.
Photo by Prof. Ray Jansen Francois Meyer/African Pangolin Working Group

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. For decades they have been poached indiscriminately throughout their range in Africa and Asia, driving their numbers in the wild to dangerously low levels. That’s why, four years ago, the Humane Society of the United . . . 

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PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

The PACT Act is a no-brainer for most Americans and this is the third time that the full Senate has voted to pass it. Photo by ConstantinCornel/iStock.com

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A long-awaited law that would make some of the most brutal acts of animal cruelty federal felonies is just one signature away from becoming reality. The U.S. Senate moments ago unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) . . . 

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