Bill in Pennsylvania would ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores

Sellers hide the grim reality of puppy mills behind shiny pet store facades and websites, duping consumers who know nothing of the terrible conditions in which the animals were raised. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

A bill that would ban the sale of dogs from large-scale commercial breeders at pet stores is making its way through the Pennsylvania state senate. If it passes, Pennsylvania would become the third state in under two years to end pet store sales of dogs . . . 

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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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One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

In study after study, qualified biologists have expressed their alarm about hunting and predator control of large carnivores like bears. Above, Snow, a bear who lives in Yellowstone. Photo by Wendy Keefover/The HSUS

Less than 24 hours after a court order restored Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, the mischief in Washington, D.C. has begun again. The ink was hardly dry on Judge Dana Christensen’s order before Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last night advanced . . . 

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Rescuers wade through floods to pull out stranded animals in the Carolinas

Our highly trained and technically certified staff is working closely with emergency officials and shelter partners to wade through flood waters and help animals stranded or in need. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, emergency officials in Horry County, South Carolina, which has been bracing for record flooding following Hurricane Florence, received a call from a couple with 12 cats. Their home was surrounded by rapidly rising waters, and they didn’t want to evacuate without making sure their . . . 

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Urgent alert: Help stop cruel hunting methods in Alaska, like killing wolf pups at their dens, shooting hibernating mother bears

The proposed rule would bring back controversial hunting methods on 20 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska, like using artificial light to kill hibernating mother black bears and their cubs in their dens, and shooting wolf and coyote pups and mothers at their dens. Photo by Alamy

A rule proposed by the federal government to reintroduce some of the cruelest of hunting methods to national preserves in Alaska has raised a chorus of outrage from conservation organizations, biologists, elected officials and American citizens, and there is still time to speak out against . . . 

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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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