BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

In December 2019, Congress enacted a provision in the FY20 appropriations bill, issuing a clear mandate to the USDA to reinstate full, searchable public access to all AWA and HPA records without redactions. Photo by Roman Samokhin/iStockphoto

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inexplicably blacked out records of inspections at puppy mills, roadside zoos, facilities that do invasive research on animals, walking horse shows and other operations, leaving those who use—and potentially abuse—animals in their care with little or no . . . 

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Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

In addition to working with shelters and issuing grants to close down gas chambers, our state directors have taken the fight to their statehouses. Photo by Beverley Vycital/iStockphoto

The euthanasia of homeless companion animals in gas chambers sounds archaic and is inhumane, but the practice is still prevalent in four states—Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming—where there are fewer than a dozen such chambers in operation. That’s still too many. Since 2013, the Humane . . . 

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U.S. House members hear compelling testimony on bills to protect horses from drugging, slaughter

Each year tens of thousands of American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico where they are butchered for their meat. Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Members of the U.S. House signaled their interest in protecting American horses by holding hearings on two important bills this week: one to stop the dangerous practice of drugging racehorses to enhance their performance on the tracks or disguise pain, and another to keep American . . . 

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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.
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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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Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

The United States is one of the world’s largest cosmetics markets and this bill has the potential to spare the lives of thousands of mice, rabbits, rats and guinea pigs. Photo by Niderlander NiDerLander/iStock.com

The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step . . . 

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USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records at puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

The proposal would further solidify the obfuscation that began when the administration purged all Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act records from the USDA website, just a few weeks after President Trump took office in 2017. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . . 

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Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

Michigan is the fourth state in just the past year where we’ve secured a law that prohibits the caging of hens. Photo by David Paul Morris/For the HSUS

Moments ago, Michigan passed into law a ban on the production and sale of eggs from chickens locked in cruel cages. This is a remarkable and historic moment in our work to end the cage confinement of farm animals. Michigan is a major Midwestern agriculture . . . 

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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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