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Humane Society sues USDA over policies that risk future pandemics

April 8, 2020 – Today the Humane Society of the United States filed a federal lawsuit challenging the response plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (or “bird flu”) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The response plan, produced by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, is shortsighted and dangerous. For years, the HSUS has been warning USDA and […]

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What “Tiger King” didn’t reveal: : Animal abuse and a network of breeding and selling tigers led by Joe Exotic and “Doc” Antle

April 7, 2020 – While Joseph Maldonado-Passage (“Joe Exotic”), Kevin “Doc” Antle and others featured in the Netflix series “Tiger King” are now household names, the Humane Society of the United States has been working for years to stop the horrific treatment of animals at these—and many other similarly cruel—operations. In 2011, an HSUS investigator worked […]

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World governments urged to heed the coronavirus ‘tipping point’ and ban wildlife trade to reduce risk of future pandemics

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2020 — Governments across the globe have today received an urgent plea and science-based white paper from Humane Society International calling for immediate action to ban wildlife trade, transport and consumption – particularly mammals and birds which are known to contract coronaviruses – in order to address the threat they pose to public health in addition […]

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Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

April 2, 2020 – With hundreds of millions of people required to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the media is reporting an alarming increase in domestic violence incidents the world over. This includes the United States where calls to help lines have jumped dramatically. It is a problem we are tracking, out of concern for both […]

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

February 19, 2020 – 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 accountability for their actions. Today, following […]

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Kitty Block: 860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention

Next Wednesday, trophy hunters with a yen for slaying some of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals will gather in Reno, Nevada, for the annual Safari Club International convention. This is perhaps one of the world’s largest such gatherings, and it’s a grim affair. On offer will be more than 300 trophy hunts here in the […]

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Kitty Block: Coronavirus offers more proof why China needs to shut down live wild animal markets for good

January 27, 2020 – The Chinese wildlife trade is mired in long-held beliefs about the benefits of eating exotic and often endangered animals for good health. But the reality stands in stark contrast. The markets in China where live wild animals, including endangered species like pangolins, are bought and sold have often acted as petri […]

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Humane Society investigation shows plight of dogs in a laboratory being dosed with pesticides and drugs

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2019 – Update: This press release has been corrected. The original draft incorrectly named the University of Vermont as directly connected with these particular experiments. Today the Humane Society of the United States revealed the results of an undercover investigation at an animal testing laboratory where thousands of dogs are killed every year. The investigation reveals the […]

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Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

Jan. 23, 2019 – The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and the other would prohibit the destructive trade in shark fins within our […]

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Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

Jan. 8, 2019 – In a victory that will likely prevent significant suffering for millions of farm animals, the Supreme Court today snuffed out efforts by the factory farming lobby and associated interests to overturn landmark laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts, and a California ban on the sale of foie gras. The […]

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Historic victory as Florida voters approve Amendment 13 to end greyhound racing

TAMPA, Nov. 6, 2018—The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and Doris Day Animal League are celebrating a tremendous victory in the campaign to end greyhound racing in Florida with the passage of Amendment 13.  “Because of the decisions of millions of Florida voters, thousands of dogs will be spared the […]

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Kitty Block: Urgent Alert: Act now to stop cruel hunting methods to kill wolves, bears on national lands in Alaska

Oct. 30, 2018 – We need your help urgently to stop a proposal that would roll back an Obama-era regulation prohibiting cruel and controversial trophy hunting and predator control methods on 20 million acres of national preserve lands in Alaska. These practices, condemned by most Americans, include killing hibernating mother bears and their cubs with […]

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Unilever backs Humane Society International global effort to ban animal testing for cosmetics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2018 —Today personal care giant Unilever has announced its support for Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign aimed at banning animal testing for cosmetics across the globe within five years. Unilever’s support includes an ambitious new collaboration aimed at accelerating regulatory acceptance of modern, non-animal approaches to consumer safety assessment. Unilever, known for […]

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