As Hurricane Florence barrels toward East Coast, HSUS Animal Rescue Team moves to keep animals safe

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas and Virginia, our HSUS Animal Rescue Team is in full response mode, coordinating efforts with partners to empty shelters in the path of the storm and facilitating the transport of animals to safety. Photo by Kevin Wolf / AP images for the HSUS

As severe weather events have become more frequent and more destructive in recent years, our Animal Rescue Teams at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have not merely expanded but also learned to pivot swiftly to respond to crisis situations. . . . 

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Carrefour, Brazil’s leading food retailer, goes cage-free in latest of HSI successes there

Carrefour’s announcement that they are going cage-free is just one of many animal welfare successes HSI has had in Brazil. Above, chickens at a cage-free facility. Photo by David Paul Morris/For The HSUS

Brazil, one of the world’s largest economies and the fifth largest nation by population, has become an important focus for animal advocates over the last several decades. The result has been a growing awareness of animal issues and noteworthy progress in regard to animal welfare. . . . 

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Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing

Ending greyhound racing in Florida is especially important because this state anchors the greyhound racing industry in the United States. Florida is home to 11 of the remaining 17 dog tracks nationwide. Photo by Alamy

With less than three months to go until Election Day, the Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign in Florida is at full throttle, mobilizing public support to phase out greyhound racing in what amounts to the industry’s last redoubt. Attorneys for the state are fighting off . . . 

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Illinois stands up for African elephants and rhinos

We are grateful to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for signing House Bill 4843 into law, making Illinois the ninth state in the U.S. to restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn products. The poaching of elephants, rhinos, and other imperiled species is one of the major wildlife conservation crises of our lifetime, and every state that takes a stand strengthens the prospects for saving threatened and endangered species. Photo by Cathy Smith

African elephants and rhinos are under the gun; literally. More than 30,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered by poachers every year for their tusks and horns, respectively. The reason for this war on some of Africa’s most iconic and beloved wildlife is that people . . . 

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Every whale counts

The story of Tahlequah is tragic and heartbreaking but serves to remind us we must keep up the fight to save whales whenever, and wherever, we can. Photo by iStockphoto

The images of the orca Tahlequah keeping her dead calf afloat in Puget Sound while trying to keep pace with the other members of her pod have moved millions worldwide. The calf died on July 24 just half an hour after being born, raising not . . . 

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Nearly 100 dogs, cats rescued from large-scale cruelty situation in Mississippi

Our Animal Rescue Team found dozens of emaciated dogs and cats on the property, including some who were sick. Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP Images for the HSUS

On the outside, it appeared to be a well-maintained property in Jones County, Mississippi, with several buildings, a neatly mowed lawn and pine trees scattered around 161 sprawling acres of land. But what our Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement officials from the Jones . . . 

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In West Virginia, a suspected puppy mill closes and most dogs, cats find homes

We assisted the Randolph County team with removing all of the animals from the puppy mill, as well as most of the dogs and cats from the shelter. Above, HSUS Director of Outreach and Research for the puppy mills campaign Kathleen Summers (left) with Animal Crimes Manager Shalimar Hightower and two of the rescued dogs. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The work we do every day requires us to be flexible and pivot at a moment’s notice when challenges arise, and thanks to our in-house experts and our vast network of partners, we are able to ensure the best outcomes for animals. Nothing highlights this . . . 

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At White House meeting, breeders and other stakeholders agree on need for puppy mill reforms

It was particularly helpful to have the dog breeders tell the USDA directly that they support higher standards for commercial breeders, busting the agency’s perception that all breeders are against reform. Photo by Amie Chou/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States fights puppy mills on many fronts, from working with local law enforcement to rescue animals in puppy mills to urging state and federal lawmakers and federal agencies to create and improve laws that protect animals in such facilities. . . . 

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Speak out to stop breed-specific discrimination

In their announcement of the policy change, Delta failed to define how they will be identifying pit bulls, which is important because the term “pit bull” isn’t actually a breed, but rather a type of dog — one that is very often misidentified. Photo by iStockphoto

Last week, Delta Airlines announced it would ban pit-bull-type dogs from flying in the cabin as service and assistance animals. In doing so, the airline is overlooking the fact that there is no evidence that a particular breed of dog bites more than another. And . . . 

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Iceland resumes slaughter of fin whales, defying international ban

Fin whales are the second-largest mammals in the world, after blue whales. Hvalur’s gunners will fire exploding grenades at these whales, and since approximately one in five won’t die immediately, they’ll be struck again, taking many minutes to suffer and die. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

In defiance of an international moratorium on commercial whaling, the Icelandic ship Hvalur hf left port last week after a two-year pause in that country’s fin whale hunt. Iceland’s goal is to kill up to 238 fin whales this summer – in addition to its . . . 

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