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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Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

The tiger, who was found in an abandoned Houston home, is shown here getting ready for transport to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Private ownership of captive tigers is a major problem in the United States. We hope this incident spurs both state and national legislators to act to more closely regulate private ownership of dangerous exotics. Photo by the HSUS

When it comes to the private ownership of captive tigers in the United States, you just can’t make this stuff up. Through the years, we’ve seen reports of tigers kept in apartments, tigers in garages, tigers in gas stations, tigers in tattoo parlors, tigers in . . . 

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At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

At the SCI convention, a sample hippo skull table is displayed for custom ordering at the booth of Michigan-based Legends Taxidermy. Photo by the HSUS

A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

There are an estimated 190,000 breeding dogs kept in conditions that are barely legal at USDA-licensed puppy mills. USDA inspections, while infrequent and far from adequate, are often the only way to ensure that the animals’ most basic needs – like food, water, shelter from the cold and essential veterinary care – are met. Above, a dog at a USDA-licensed facility. Photo by USDA

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research facilities, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

As temperature dip punishingly low – accompanied by ice, snow and wind – the body count of animals left to freeze outside by owners begins to mount. Photo by iStockphoto

Late last year, Pennsylvania investigators found a dog named Cam dead and frozen solid on a heavy chain, wedged between a small dog house and a fence. He appeared to have been digging for warmth when he died. As heartbreaking as this story is, unfortunately, . . . 

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Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

2018 was a historic one for farm animals, with California passing the strongest law against farm animal confinement in the world. And you can rest assured that in the coming year, the HSUS and HSI will continue to push progress for farm animals, in campaigns designed and carried out with purpose, passion, and vision. Photo by iStockphoto

The year 2018 was a historic one for farm animals, with California passing the strongest law against farm animal confinement in the world. We successfully campaigned to protect chickens in the meat industry—moving major US companies to adopt comprehensive welfare reforms and spotlighting those lagging . . . 

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As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

Racing dogs are muzzled 95 percent of the time and kept inside stacked cages for 20-23 hours every day. Photo by Alamy

Greyhound racing is a bleak and sordid enterprise for the animals. The dogs are confined 20-23 hours a day in stacked, warehouse-style metal cages barely large enough for them to turn around in, and death rates on the tracks are high. In Florida alone, one . . . 

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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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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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