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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Is your glass of wine poisoning wildlife?

Some vintners have installed owl boxes to attract barn owls because they are known to assist with rodent control. Unfortunately, this practice attracts the owls to precisely the venue in which they can easily be poisoned by rodenticides. Photo by Kathleen McManus/The HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States has two affiliated wildlife centers that rescue and rehabilitate thousands of orphaned and injured animals each year. Holly Hazard, our senior vice president of programs and innovation, visits these facilities for discussions with their management teams about the state of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, and about the current . . . 

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States make progress on fighting puppy mills, reducing animal testing and more

Since 2005, we’ve helped secure more than 2,000 legislative victories in the states. More than 500 of those successes have focused on companion animals.  Photo by iStockphoto

This week, Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a landmark bill that bans the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and instead encourages stores to work with animal shelters to promote the adoption of homeless pets. He also approved two other animal protection bills, including one that would require that cats and . . . 

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We did it! Signature goal surpassed in California farm animal ballot campaign

The California measure would prohibit the confinement of egg-laying hens, pigs used for breeding, and calves raised for veal in cages or crates so small that they are essentially immobilized for their whole lives. Photo by iStockphoto

Fueled by nearly 1,600 volunteer signature gatherers, the Humane Society of the United States and other members of the Prevent Cruelty California coalition have surpassed the 600,000 signature goal needed to qualify the historic farm animal ballot initiative. This places California voters in a strong position to deliver a powerful punch to agribusiness interests who . . . 

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Attacks on rescues designed to deflect attention from puppy mill abuse

The USDA is not reporting publicly the names or identities of puppy mills that have been issued a warning or found with egregious violations, including those with sick, injured and emaciated dogs. Photo by Brandon Wade/AP Images for The HSUS

A recent article in the Washington Post took a look at the notion of irresponsible rescues – specifically, self-described pet rescue groups that purchase breeder dogs at puppy mill auctions, based on the premise that they are “used up” and therefore being rescued, not purchased. Reporter Kim Kavin studied the invoices from the two big . . . 

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