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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Petland moves to close store after HSUS investigation shows rabbits dying without medical care

Following an HSUS tip-off, police announced they had searched the store Monday, and found 31 dead rabbits and one dead puppy in a freezer at the store. Photo by the HSUS

A Petland store that was the subject of an HSUS undercover investigation released this week appears to be closing down. After news of our investigation, which showed more than a dozen rabbits had apparently died at the Virginia store without medical care, and following an . . . 

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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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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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With new scorecard, HSUS will hold food companies accountable on cage-free timelines

Over the past decade, our Farm Animal Protection team has garnered commitments from major corporations to end cruel practices that were once accepted as industry norms, including cramming egg-laying hens into cages so tight that they can’t spread their wings. Photo by iStockphoto

Our dynamic Farm Animal Protection team has been responsible for a seismic shift in how the country’s largest food companies address animal welfare. From Walmart, Safeway and Kroger, to Denny’s, IHOP and Panera Bread, to Smithfield and Perdue, major corporations have worked with us to . . . 

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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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From vaccines and spay/neuter to puppies stuck in tar, HSI helps hundreds of thousands of street dogs

When we found these puppies, they were covered in tar that was fast hardening up around their tiny bodies. Had we not intervened, they would have almost certainly died. Photo by HSI

In January, our Humane Society International/India team learned about eight puppies who were stuck in tar in the town of Tirur in the south Indian state of Kerala. The puppies, as you can see in the video below, were completely covered in the sticky black . . . 

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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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