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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Breaking news: “Joe Exotic,” who kept hundreds of big cats in appalling conditions, found guilty of murder-for-hire and wildlife charges

An HSUS undercover investigation of GW Exotics, owned by Joe Schreibvogel aka Joe Exotic, documented tiger deaths, unwarranted breeding and dangerous incidents involving children and adults. Photo by the HSUS

The bizarre saga of a former Oklahoma roadside zoo owner, whose menagerie of hundreds of dangerous exotic animals was exposed in a 2011 HSUS undercover investigation, reached a dramatic conclusion yesterday when a federal jury found him guilty on charges that included killing five tigers . . . 

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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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Zimbabwe rips 35 baby elephants from their mothers for export to Chinese zoos

Zimbabwe’s repeated capture and export of infant and juvenile elephant calves has sparked global condemnation because of the horrific conditions under which these young elephants are kept. Photo by Alamy

It is the worst kind of wildlife abuse, and it is happening right now – again – in Zimbabwe, where 35 baby elephants have been torn away from their mothers in the wild and are awaiting export to zoos in China. According to The Times . . . 

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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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Luxury fashion brand St. John says no to fur, exotic skins

The news from St. John, headquartered in California, is especially welcome because there is now an HSUS-sponsored bill in that state that would ban fur sales and manufacturing. Photo by Alamy

One more luxury fashion brand has joined the mass exodus from fur. St. John, a brand popular among fashion-conscious shoppers, from models and actresses to first ladies, announced today that it will go completely fur-free with its pre-Fall 2019 collection. The company has also prohibited . . . 

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Breaking news: Iconic fashion brand Coach drops fur

The fur trade kills more than 100 million animals each year, and the announcement today from a brand as iconic as Coach is the latest indication that fur is not fashionable. Photo by Alamy

Luxury brand Coach has become the latest fashion brand to adopt a 100 percent fur-free policy, with the company’s chief executive Joshua Schulman declaring, “We’re doing it because we believe it’s the right thing to do.” The Humane Society of the United States has been . . . 

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U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

The idea of slaughtering these magnificent animals who roam the plains and mountains of the American west, and having them served up on foreign dinner plates, is abhorrent. A poll shows that 80 percent of Americans are opposed to sending horses to slaughter for human consumption. Photo by iStockphoto

A federal agency yesterday started removing nearly 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden territory in California’s Modoc National Forest. Animals more than 10 years old who are not adopted could be sold to “kill buyers” for a dollar and then end up in a . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion leader Diane von Furstenberg announces fur-free policy

The fur trade kills more than 100 million animals each year. Animals used for fur are either trapped in the wild, where they remain in cruel leghold traps for days without food or water, or they are raised in cramped cages for their entire lives and then killed by electrocution or gassing. Photo by Alamy

Diane von Furstenberg’s namesake brand, DVF, has become the latest luxury fashion company to drop fur from its lineup, with CEO Sandra Campos announcing today that it is “time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing . . . 

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