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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Shocking HSI investigation reveals terror, suffering of foxes and mink on Finland’s fur farms

Photos taken during the investigation show animals with eye infections and gaping wounds, including a mink with a large, bloody hole in the head. Photo by Kristo Muurimaa/Oikeutta Elaimille

Every day, we are making groundbreaking advances in our fight against fur. Major fashion houses and retailers, from Gucci to Burlington, have gone fur-free and just last weekend, California became the first U.S. state to ban fur sales. But today, in a sad reminder of . . . 

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Illegal government advisory panel touts “benefits” of trophy hunting

The panel criticized the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock U.S. law protecting at-risk wildlife, for getting in the way of trophy hunters importing their animal kills. Photo by the HSUS

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson It may be hard to believe that a group of celebrity and professional trophy hunters, a director of the National Rifle Association, and the president of the world’s largest trophy hunting group are advising our government on wildlife conservation. . . . 

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South Dakota will allow trophy hunters to kill 30 percent of its mountain lions

The commission also voted to extend the hunting season by an additional month, through April of each year, and they increased the number of permits in Custer State Park, where hunters can use hounds to hunt mountain lions. Photo by Jim Zuckerman/Alamy Stock Photo

South Dakota has a notorious history of mismanaging its mountain lion population and playing into the hands of trophy hunters. In past years, the Mount Rushmore state has repeatedly increased its hunting quota for the animals, despite evidence that its lion population is on the . . . 

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Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Wolf populations were wiped out in parts of Europe because of indiscriminate hunting, and it is only recently that they have begun to rebound. Photo by Jamcgraw/iStock.com

Europe’s highest court has ruled that wolves in the European Union cannot be hunted, except in the rarest cases where member countries can prove there is no other option to end human-wolf conflict. The European Court of Justice ruling followed a challenge to a decision . . . 

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Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

The California law, which will go into effect in January 2023, is a monumental victory in the Humane Society of the United States’ decades-long campaign to end this cruel and unnecessary trade. Photo by Dreamstime

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Moments ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by signing into law two landmark bills: one banning the sale and production of all new fur products in California, and another prohibiting the trophy hunting of bobcats in his state. California, . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

It is baffling why the FWS would determine that Tanzania – a country that has long catered to the corrupt trophy hunting industry and forced out competent wildlife biologists – is sustainably managing its lion population. Photo by Olyjo Olyjo/Alamy Stock Photo

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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EPA moves to end animal testing

The likely outcome of the EPA announcement will be to spare hundreds of thousands of animals from having chemicals rubbed onto their skin, dropped in their eyes or forced down their throats. Photo by Sidsnapper/iStock.com

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a landmark announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to end all animal testing on dogs, mice, rabbits and other mammals for chemicals and pesticides in coming years. Instead, the agency will focus on investing in . . . 

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