The people have spoken: No more puppy mill dogs in pet stores

To date, 300 local governments of all sizes and demographics across twenty-four states, have enacted policies to halt the sale of puppy mill puppies in retail settings. We hope to continue this trend as more state and local governments consider these ordinances. Photo by Angie Ingram

The pursuit and promotion of humane business models for pet stores carries so much promise in our work, and we’re gaining ground in our campaign to halt the sale of puppy mill puppies in retail settings. To date, 300 local governments—cities, towns and counties—of all . . . 

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California bill would end trophy hunting of bobcats

Over the past decade, more than 10,000 bobcats have been killed in California by trophy hunters. Photo by Elroy Limmer

A bill introduced in California this week would end all trophy hunting of bobcats, making the Golden State the first in the union to move decisively to protect one of our country’s most iconic native carnivores. Assembly bill 1254, introduced by Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove, . . . 

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Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act moves up in Congress; New film exposes cruelty and corruption in global trade

To meet a demand for shark fin soup, fins from as many as 73 million sharks are traded throughout the world every year. Photo by iStockphoto

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act passed the Senate Commerce Committee with a near-unanimous voice vote this week, with American lawmakers leaving no doubt of how they view the nefarious global trade in which fishermen cut the fins off . . . 

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PAST Act introduced in Senate as more evidence for ending walking horse abuse surfaces

The exaggerated and artificial gait that results from soring is referred to as the “Big Lick,” and it has been rewarded in the Tennessee walking horse industry in particular. Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Recent developments in a case involving a Tennessee walking horse named Honors, who was crowned champion despite clear evidence that he was a victim of cruel soring, highlight the urgent need for Congress to swiftly pass the Prevent All . . . 

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Horseracing Integrity Act will crack down on drugging, protect racehorses

It is no secret that we have a drug crisis in the horse racing industry, one that has led to the premature deaths of thousands of horses over the years. Photo by iStockphoto

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In recent years, major professional sports have taken crucial steps to rid themselves of illegal doping in order to create a more level playing field and to protect athletes from the adverse effects of performance-enhancing drugs. But there has . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

Grace Kelly Herbert, one of 14 recipients of our Advocates We Love awards, with her dog, Victoria, who has inspired a bill in Pennsylvania to ban puppy mill sales in pet stores. Victoria suffers from a crippling congenital condition and the puppy miller who bred her effectively passed on the same condition, which has no cure, to hundreds of her puppies by continuing to breed Victoria again and again.

Photo courtesy Grace Kelly Herbert

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

Black rhinos are critically endangered, with fewer than 5,500 left in the wild. But for trophy hunters, the rarer the animal, the more valuable the trophy is, and the greater the prestige and thrill of killing it. Photo by iStockphoto

The other day, the Washington Post’s Pam Constable published a story about a wealthy American hunter who paid $110,000 for the right to kill a rare and magnificent mountain goat in Pakistan. There are just several thousand markhors alive, so it’s hard to see how . . . 

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Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

The tiger, who was found in an abandoned Houston home, is shown here getting ready for transport to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Private ownership of captive tigers is a major problem in the United States. We hope this incident spurs both state and national legislators to act to more closely regulate private ownership of dangerous exotics. Photo by the HSUS

When it comes to the private ownership of captive tigers in the United States, you just can’t make this stuff up. Through the years, we’ve seen reports of tigers kept in apartments, tigers in garages, tigers in gas stations, tigers in tattoo parlors, tigers in . . . 

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At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

At the SCI convention, a sample hippo skull table is displayed for custom ordering at the booth of Michigan-based Legends Taxidermy. Photo by the HSUS

A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

There are an estimated 190,000 breeding dogs kept in conditions that are barely legal at USDA-licensed puppy mills. USDA inspections, while infrequent and far from adequate, are often the only way to ensure that the animals’ most basic needs – like food, water, shelter from the cold and essential veterinary care – are met. Above, a dog at a USDA-licensed facility. Photo by USDA

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research facilities, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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