Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

Today’s verdict is a fitting end to a horror story that began to unfold in June 2017, when The HSUS assisted in an extraordinary rescue of 84 Great Danes from a New Hampshire mansion belonging to a wealthy breeder. Photo by Lindsay Hamrick/The HSUS

In a huge victory in our ongoing fight against commercial breeders who neglect and mistreat the animals in their care, a New Hampshire jury today found a woman who kept 84 Great Danes in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion guilty on 17 counts of animal cruelty. This is a fitting end to a . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to eliminate government inspections for licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers, and allow self-policing by third parties

The political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and research labs to the very groups using the animals. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and . . . 

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HSUS calls on L’Oreal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

It’s no longer mainstream to apply or drop chemical substances onto the skin or into the eyes of rabbits or other animals. Photo by iStockphoto

Some years ago, a handful of companies rejected animal testing as a research and development practice and chose to only market products known to be safe to consumers. As a nod to the growing ranks of consumers concerned about animal cruelty, they affixed a symbol on their packaging to signal “No Animal Testing.” Over time, . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

People are often distressed when they learn the details of dogs and other animals confined and suffering in laboratories. Whether it’s chimpanzees or animals used in chemical or cosmetic testing, we have worked to bring the plight of these animals to light and to end their suffering. Photo by iStockphoto

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. The House passed the amendment last night by voice vote. . . . 

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Guatemala passes omnibus anti-cruelty law, striking blow against wide range of practices

This landmark animal welfare law approved today by Guatemala’s Congress will, for the first time, penalize animal cruelty and its perpetrators, and implement strong protections for animals across a spectrum of other fronts.

This landmark animal welfare law approved today by Guatemala’s Congress will, for the first time, penalize animal cruelty and its perpetrators, and implement strong protections for animals across a spectrum of other fronts. Photo by Swoan Parker/For HSI

Guatemala, Central America’s biggest and most populous nation with more than 15 million people, has adopted one of the world’s most comprehensive anti-cruelty laws – an omnibus measure that, in addition to its basic anti-cruelty provisions, creates protections for wildlife, companion animals, animals used in research, and animals used in circuses. It bans animal testing . . . 

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USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

The USDA must restore all reports for the 9,000 or so licensed and registered facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators. Above, a dog at a puppy mill.

The USDA must restore all reports for the 9,000 or so licensed and registered facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators. Above, a dog at a puppy mill. Photo by Brandon Wade/AP Images for The HSUS

Nobody much likes what the U.S. Department of Agriculture did two weeks ago in purging thousands of inspection reports for the animal facilities and horse shows under its authority, and pledging not to post new reports on a go-forward basis. USA Today panned the action hard yesterday. Today, the Des Moines Register said it was . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

When opportunities for progress present themselves, and they will, we will seize them. Make no mistake about that. Our work is bipartisan. Our work is not blue-state or red-state regional. Our work is urgent and it is everywhere.

When opportunities for progress present themselves, and they will, we will seize them. Make no mistake about that. Our work is bipartisan. Our work is not blue-state or red-state regional. Our work is urgent and it is everywhere. Photo by Alamy

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, providing so much support and encouragement. For some, the compassionate . . . 

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Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

The chimpanzees abandoned on a series of islands in Liberia by the New York Blood Center continue to thrive under our care.

The chimpanzees abandoned on a series of islands in Liberia by the New York Blood Center continue to thrive under our care. Photo by Jenny Desmond/For The HSUS

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, as part of our commitment to all animals, we put our shoulder into the moral and scientific problems of using animals in research and testing. In doing this work, we follow the framework of the Three Rs – refining, reducing, and replacing the use of animals. That approach . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

In a pathbreaking announcement for captive marine mammals, SeaWorld, in cooperation with The HSUS, announced in March that it would end all breeding of its orcas and it won’t obtain additional orcas from other sources.

In a pathbreaking announcement for captive marine mammals, SeaWorld, in cooperation with The HSUS, announced in March that it would end all breeding of its orcas and it won’t obtain additional orcas from other sources. Photo by iStockphoto

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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