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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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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Latest HSUS investigation shows Petland store in Florence, KY, selling sick puppies

An independent veterinarian found that underneath Jasper’s deceptively fluffy coat, he was “skin and bones.” Our investigator, who worked in the store the whole time Jasper was there, says this was because the puppy had been too sick to eat much. Photo by the HSUS

Our latest investigation reveals shocking and deceptive tactics used by a corporate-run Petland store to sell a sick puppy to a shopper working on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, and to keep customers in the dark about other disease outbreaks among . . . 

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PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

The PACT Act is a no-brainer for most Americans and this is the third time that the full Senate has voted to pass it. Photo by ConstantinCornel/iStock.com

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A long-awaited law that would make some of the most brutal acts of animal cruelty federal felonies is just one signature away from becoming reality. The U.S. Senate moments ago unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) . . . 

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U.S. House passes the PACT Act, cracking down on extreme animal cruelty

The PACT Act builds on the federal animal crush video law that was enacted in 2010 and banned the creation, sale and distribution of obscene videos that show live animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty. Photo by Denis Zbukarev/iStock.com

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. House has just voted overwhelmingly to crack down on some of the worst and most malicious acts of animal cruelty, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling live animals and sexually exploiting them. The watershed vote takes . . . 

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HSUS investigation uncovers sick puppies, dead rabbit at Texas Petland outlet; animal control agency cites store for alleged violations

This very sick Shih Tzu puppy at the Frisco, Texas, Petland store had blood and mucus coming from his nose and mouth. Photo by the HSUS

Our latest undercover investigation of a Petland store, this one in Frisco, Texas, has revealed frail and ailing puppies, including dogs too sick to eat and suffering from vomiting and diarrhea. Also among the gruesome discoveries was a dead rabbit in a freezer – the . . . 

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Six puppy mills cited in Horrible Hundred report close doors

Three of the problem breeders who have closed down are in Missouri and three are in Pennsylvania. Above, dogs at a puppy mill in our Horrible Hundred report. Photo by the USDA

Despite a steep decline in our government’s oversight of businesses like puppy mills, our own work to shut down these ruthless enterprises that profit from the suffering of innocent animals continues to charge ahead. I am thrilled to report that just since the release of . . . 

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As Dorian approaches, HSUS moves animals from threatened shelters to safety

Approximately 80 cats and dogs from three Florida shelters left Jacksonville on Sunday in a rescue flight we funded and coordinated. Photo by Jesus Aranguren/AP Images for the HSUS

As Hurricane Dorian moves closer to our shores, an extremely dangerous storm that could cause unprecedented flooding and winds in several coastal states, we’re working with our shelter partners to move animals out of harm’s way. On Sunday, we coordinated an evacuation of approximately 80 . . . 

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