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Disasters in Greece, Beijing, Maui and elsewhere highlight the need to help animals

August 16, 2023 – In the aftermath of devastating wildfires that claimed the lives of a still unknown number of people on Maui, we mourn with our supporters and colleagues in Hawaii. As with most disasters, the loss of human life and the financial and other damages incurred by individuals, governments, businesses and institutions are […]

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Fireworks and your pets: Tips for keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations

June 26, 2023 – Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing colors of fireworks, but they can be terrifying, overwhelming⁠ and hazardous for both wild and domestic animals. On the Fourth of July, many animals become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, […]

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What I saw after Hurricane Ian as a veterinarian in a pop-up clinic

In the weeks after Hurricane Ian devasted communities across Florida, our team coordinated the creation of a distribution center for pet food and a pop-up veterinary clinic offering free vet services in a regional library parking lot in Port Charlotte, Florida. Dr. Katherine Polak, the vice president of Companion Animals and Engagement for Humane Society International, who […]

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Op-Ed | Kitty Block: California bear injured by arrow is first heartbreaking sign of cruel trophy hunting season

Last week, residents of Arcadia, California, spotted a black bear they were used to seeing around the neighborhood. But this time, something was different. The bear was moaning and was clearly suffering; an arrow was sticking out of his flesh. This is a heartbreaking reminder that black bear hunting season is underway in the Golden State. […]

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In an historic vote, Italy to ban all fur farming and shut down all mink farms within six months

ROME, December 21, 2021—The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate today voted to approve a modified version of an amendment to the budget law which will see the country’s 10 remaining mink fur farms closed within six months and a permanent ban on fur farming throughout Italy.   The vote follows discussions with animal protection organisation Humane Society […]

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As fur farms prepare to breed mink, global health bodies issue warning on high coronavirus risk

February 18, 2021 – Mink fur farms have emerged as hotspots for the coronavirus, with 11 nations in Europe, Canada and the United States reporting such infections and, in some cases, transmissions from animals to human workers. The infections have resulted in millions of animals, including pups, on fur farms being culled by gassing—a particularly […]

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More than 2,900 veterinary professionals and advocates call on AVMA to prevent brutal ventilation shutdown on farms

NEW YORK December 16, 2020 – Today, veterinary and animal protection groups sent a petition signed by over 2,900 veterinary professionals and advocates to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) asking the organization to take a stand against ventilation shutdown (VSD). VSD is a cruel method of depopulation—mass, on-farm killing—that has been used on untold numbers of […]

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The protection of wildlife is not about killing; it’s about cooperation that stops the killing

October 25, 2020 – Our agenda for the protection of wildlife is an ambitious one, focusing on the most serious threats to threatened and endangered animals in the United States and around the world. We’ve invested a lot of energy and resources in the fights to stop the trophy hunting industry in its tracks, to […]

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

September 1, 2020 – 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 told the Associated Press in an interview this […]

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Kitty Block and Sara Amundson: U.S. proposes more changes to chip away at Endangered Species Act

August 25, 2020 – The federal government has fired another volley in its assault on the Endangered Species Act, and this time it’s aimed at paving the way for corporations to take over lands that could, if​ conserved and restored, help in the recovery of imperiled American wildlife. Under changes proposed in a new rule, the […]

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Vietnam bans wildlife imports, closes illegal wildlife markets as part of global crackdown

July 27, 2020 – Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a new directive that bans wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets, a move applauded by Humane Society International/Vietnam. This directive provides clear instructions to relevant enforcement agencies and authorities to take immediate actions to better control wildlife trade as part of the […]

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HSUS-led coalition launches #SpayTogether fund to spay/neuter 50,000 companion animals in wake of coronavirus crisis

June 1, 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic has affected animal shelters in unprecedented ways. But the humane movement has risen to the challenge, and shelters have pivoted swiftly and efficiently to ensure animals are neither forgotten nor left out, by expanding foster programs and creating innovative adoption opportunities. Unfortunately, communities in every state have been […]

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China’s wildlife farmers offered buy-out to grow plants instead of porcupines in COVID-19 crackdown

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2020 – Wildlife farmers in two provinces in mainland China are being offered a government buy-out to facilitate a move away from breeding wild species for consumption, as part of the country’s crackdown on the wildlife trade in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plans, published on May 15th, see Hunan […]

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Humane Society releases policy plan on wildlife markets, factory farms, and more to avoid another global health crisis

May 14, 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the world to acknowledge the pressing need to change our relationship with animals. From the wildlife markets implicated in the origin of the novel coronavirus to the slaughterhouses that have become clusters for its spread, we now know only too well that our uncaring attitudes and indifferent practices […]

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Iceland may have killed its last whale; whaling company says it will hang up its harpoons for good

April 27, 2020 – One of Iceland’s two whaling companies has announced it will stop whaling for good. This welcome decision, which comes just days after Iceland announced it will cancel all whale hunts for the second consecutive year, takes us one step closer to the demise of an inhumane industry built on immense suffering […]

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