Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Wolf populations were wiped out in parts of Europe because of indiscriminate hunting, and it is only recently that they have begun to rebound. Photo by Jamcgraw/iStock.com

Europe’s highest court has ruled that wolves in the European Union cannot be hunted, except in the rarest cases where member countries can prove there is no other option to end human-wolf conflict. The European Court of Justice ruling followed a challenge to a decision . . . 

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Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

The California law, which will go into effect in January 2023, is a monumental victory in the Humane Society of the United States’ decades-long campaign to end this cruel and unnecessary trade. Photo by Dreamstime

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Moments ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by signing into law two landmark bills: one banning the sale and production of all new fur products in California, and another prohibiting the trophy hunting of bobcats in his state. California, . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

It is baffling why the FWS would determine that Tanzania – a country that has long catered to the corrupt trophy hunting industry and forced out competent wildlife biologists – is sustainably managing its lion population. Photo by Olyjo Olyjo/Alamy Stock Photo

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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EPA moves to end animal testing

The likely outcome of the EPA announcement will be to spare hundreds of thousands of animals from having chemicals rubbed onto their skin, dropped in their eyes or forced down their throats. Photo by Sidsnapper/iStock.com

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a landmark announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to end all animal testing on dogs, mice, rabbits and other mammals for chemicals and pesticides in coming years. Instead, the agency will focus on investing in . . . 

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HSUS investigation uncovers sick puppies, dead rabbit at Texas Petland outlet; animal control agency cites store for alleged violations

This very sick Shih Tzu puppy at the Frisco, Texas, Petland store had blood and mucus coming from his nose and mouth. Photo by the HSUS

Our latest undercover investigation of a Petland store, this one in Frisco, Texas, has revealed frail and ailing puppies, including dogs too sick to eat and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea. Also among the gruesome discoveries was a dead rabbit in a freezer – the . . . 

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California lawmakers ban fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

Californians feel strongly about protecting bobcats: nearly 70% are opposed to trophy hunting these beautiful native carnivores. Photo by Elroy Limmer

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In two historic votes for animals, California lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban fur sales and to stop the trophy hunting of bobcats, who are often targeted for their distinctive look and coloration. State senators this afternoon passed a . . . 

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Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

The horseracing industry is now beset by a drug crisis that has led to the premature deaths of thousands of horses over the years.
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By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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Six puppy mills cited in Horrible Hundred report close doors

Three of the problem breeders who have closed down are in Missouri and three are in Pennsylvania. Above, dogs at a puppy mill in our Horrible Hundred report. Photo by the USDA

Despite a steep decline in our government’s oversight of businesses like puppy mills, our own work to shut down these ruthless enterprises that profit from the suffering of innocent animals continues to charge ahead. I am thrilled to report that just since the release of . . . 

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As Dorian approaches, HSUS moves animals from threatened shelters to safety

Approximately 80 cats and dogs from three Florida shelters left Jacksonville on Sunday in a rescue flight we funded and coordinated. Photo by Jesus Aranguren/AP Images for the HSUS

As Hurricane Dorian moves closer to our shores, an extremely dangerous storm that could cause unprecedented flooding and winds in several coastal states, we’re working with our shelter partners to move animals out of harm’s way. On Sunday, we coordinated an evacuation of approximately 80 . . . 

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Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

The two hunters have married a familiar display of personal affection to their brazen and remorseless killing of an animal whose lifeless body lies before them. It’s not romantic to the rest of us; it’s crass and clueless, and horrifying.

The latest controversy surrounding lurid social media posts by trophy hunters has prompted a predictable response — global outrage and a wave of tweet storms directed at the individuals involved. This time around, it’s a Canadian couple who posed for a kiss over the dead . . . 

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