French bulldogs abandoned in airport warehouse highlight need for stronger enforcement against illegal puppy imports

It was a heartbreaking incident, by any measure. In August, authorities found more than a dozen dogs, mostly French Bulldogs, stranded for three days in their crates inside a warehouse at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. They had no food and water and the crates, witnesses say, . . . 

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China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

In 2016, China made a historic decision to ban the trade in ivory and other elephant body parts, claiming a spot on the frontlines of the global war to end the trafficking of threatened species. But China is still the world’s second largest importer (after . . . 

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HSUS Animal Rescue Team deploys in hurricane-ravaged Florida

Our Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in Escambia County, Florida, helping local authorities find and transport animals affected by flooding from Hurricane Sally to safety. The scenes on the ground are devastating. Diane Robinson, program manager for disaster services, was among those staff . . . 

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Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

It was a long road for Pearl, who nearly didn’t survive after her rescue last December. She left the Caldwell County Animal Shelter this week. a well-rounded and healthy dog.
Photo by Brent B. Clark/AP Images for the HSUS

Wednesday was freedom day for Pearl, the Weimaraner rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill, whose emaciated condition after her rescue, with every rib in her body showing, shocked so many of you when we first featured her on this blog. Last week we shared . . . 

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Whales, dolphins and porpoises are disappearing at an alarming rate; Scientists issue urgent call to reverse the tide

The scientists single out the plight of the North Atlantic right whale, who lives along the U.S. and Canadian coast. Today, only a few hundred of these individuals are alive, and their numbers continue to drop at an alarming rate, with more deaths than births. Photo by NOAA News Archive 123110

Whales, dolphins and porpoises, known collectively as cetaceans, face momentous challenges to their survival today. Many of these animals are disappearing right before our eyes, like the Chinese river dolphin, declared possibly extinct in 2017, and the Mexican vaquita, a species of porpoise that is . . . 

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California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California policymakers have put their best foot forward for mountain lions, but that has not been the case in Utah, Colorado and Washington. Photo by Joe Austin/Alamy Stock Photo

California, which took the pioneering move of banning mountain lion trophy hunting three decades ago, is still standing strong for these iconic animals. This week, California lawmakers passed groundbreaking legislation to ban the use of certain rodenticides that have been held responsible for the illness . . . 

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Creating a humane legacy for animals

“Raising awareness and improving lives for animals is my passion,” says Karen, a longtime HSUS supporter, “and I feel the HSUS is best positioned to continue to move the animal welfare movement forward.” Photo by James McEntee/AP Images for the HSUS

Just about every one of us who comes into this work has the same question in mind: “What can I do to make a difference?” In the end it’s something that we each have to answer for ourselves. But there is no shortage of good . . . 

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USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

Aurelia Skipwith told the Associated Press in an interview this week that her agency is “working hard” to lift federal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states by the end of this year. Photo by David Osborn/Alamy Stock Photo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency tasked with protecting American wildlife, is getting closer to allowing trophy hunters and cattle ranchers to open season on the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic—as well as most persecuted—animals. USFWS director Aurelia Skipwith . . . 

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Risk of coronavirus among pets remains low, health officials say

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that so far fewer than two dozen companion animals have tested positive, with no infections reported among birds, reptiles and fish. Photo by iStock.com

We received the sad news today that Buddy, the first dog in the United States known to have contracted the novel coronavirus, passed away on July 11. We share in the grief Buddy’s family is no doubt feeling over the loss of their beloved companion . . . 

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Puerto Rico sets the stage for long-term veterinary support, as HSUS programs to help underserved communities thrive

Our Spayathon for Puerto Rico™ initiative has helped thousands of animals since we launched in 2018. With this new law we will be able to continue helping animals in underserved communities on the island. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for the HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have been pressing hard and with steady success to reduce companion animal overpopulation since the 1970s. Lately, we’ve done so with a special focus on underserved communities and constituencies through our Rural Area Veterinary Services, . . . 

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