Congress should act fast to protect animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs during coronavirus crisis

With cities and states imposing quarantines and curfews, and businesses shuttering their doors and asking employees to stay home, animals in institutional settings are extremely vulnerable to neglect and/or abandonment. Photo by iStock.com

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are asking Congress to act quickly on an important bill that would ensure that millions of animals held in research laboratories and enterprises like puppy mills and roadside zoos across the country are not forgotten. The Providing Responsible Emergency . . . 

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Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Contestants use digital technology to lure foxes and coyotes to their death. Photo by the HSUS

Our latest undercover investigation of wildlife killing contests in Maryland reveals a grisly world: one where contestants use digital technology to lure animals like foxes and coyotes to their death, riddle them with bullets in a mad rush to kill the most and heaviest animals, . . . 

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Key House committee votes to reverse Trump administration’s harmful changes to Endangered Species Act

The Trump administration’s changes would, among other things, make it easier for federal agencies to ignore the impact of government actions on species listed under the ESA, including African lions, grizzly bears and elephants. Photo by Don Getty

Last year, the Trump administration finalized regulations that gutted the Endangered Species Act, making it harder to grant and maintain federal protections for species that are fighting for survival. Today, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted to reverse those dangerous changes by approving the . . . 

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HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

Before the fires, Kangaroo Island was home to an estimated 46,000 koalas; it is now estimated that only 9,000 remain. Above, HSI’s Kelly Donithan with a rescued koala.
Photo by Jo-Anna Robinson/AP Images for HSI

The Humane Society International rescue team’s reports from Australia’s Kangaroo Island describe an “apocalyptic” scene. Once a critical wildlife habitat celebrated the world over for its pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island has been ravaged by the recent bushfires, with at least 600 square miles of land . . . 

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New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

After dinner we were treated to an impromptu performance by Leo, pictured above, who danced around, drumming on everything in his enclosure. He kept time and beat perfectly. Photo by Crystal Alba/Project Chimps

I arrived at Project Chimps yesterday just as dinner was being served to its residents: 79 retired research chimpanzees who now call this verdant, 236-acre sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia their home. The building we were in is a brand-new, state-of-the-art . . . 

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House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

Sharks are now being killed 30 percent faster than they can reproduce. It is estimated that between 2000 and 2011, 16,815 metric tons of shark fins were traded worldwide. Photo by Ricardo Azoury/ostock

The U.S. House just said a decisive and resounding “no” to the terrible shark fin trade, in which fishermen cut the fins off sharks and dump them back into the waters to drown, be eaten alive by other fish, or bleed to death. House members . . . 

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New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

Cougars, who once ranged from coast to coast, are now found in only 16 states and are considered endangered in Florida. Their numbers have been decimated by trapping, trophy hunting and habitat loss. Photo by Jim Zuckerman/Alamy Stock Photo

New Mexico will no longer allow trophy hunters to prey upon its cougars with cruel snares and leghold traps. The State Game Commission just now voted to pass a proposal that would end all recreational trapping of these majestic animals, as well as limit trophy . . . 

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New poll shows more Floridians than ever oppose hunting of black bears

During the 2015 hunting season in Florida, 304 bears were killed in just two days, including 179 female bears. Approximately 38 of those were lactating, meaning these bears had cubs they were still feeding and caring for. Photo by Anton Sorokin/Alamy Stock Photo

Florida authorities are now considering a proposal to manage the state’s black bear population, including a plan that could open the animals to the sights of trophy hunters. But a new statewide poll shows that more than two-thirds of Floridians are against the idea of . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

More than a million pangolins were killed by poachers between 2004 and 2014. The demand has been driven by the fact that pangolin scales and meat are prized for their use in traditional “medicines” and as a culinary delicacy in Asia.
Photo by Prof. Ray Jansen Francois Meyer/African Pangolin Working Group

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. For decades they have been poached indiscriminately throughout their range in Africa and Asia, driving their numbers in the wild to dangerously low levels. That’s why, four years ago, the Humane Society of the United . . . 

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ProTECT Act introduced in Congress to ban trophy hunting horror show

A 2017 nationwide poll showed that 69 percent of American voters oppose trophy hunting altogether. Voters also oppose allowing American trophy hunters to bring home the bodies or parts of the elephants and lions they kill abroad by a margin of more than five to one. Photo by Johan Swanepoel/Alamy Stock Photo

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson President Trump has called trophy hunting a “horror show,” but on his watch, the Department of the Interior has dismantled regulations to protect wildlife and made it easier to import trophies of endangered and threatened animals. We have been . . . 

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