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South Korea, Indonesia, and other fronts in the dog meat battle

Walter, above, was among 55 dogs rescued by HSI from a South Korean dog meat farm. While the turnaround in the lives of these dogs is head-spinning, there are still so many animals caught up in the dog meat trade in Asia. Photo by Andrew...Show More Summary

Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

Scouting bears from airplanes, landing, and then shooting them isn’t a business and it’s not scalable, any more than killing blue whales or fin whales is good business and scalable today. Photo by iStockphoto As readers of this blog will know and lament, bears and wolves are the latest victims of the anti-regulatory fervor infecting Congress. Show More Summary

USDA using poison explosives to kill wildlife and pets in the West

Earlier this month, an M-44 claimed the life of a protected Oregon gray wolf. USDA field agents had hidden nearly 100 M-44s in the ground to kill coyotes, putting the public, family pets, and protected wildlife at risk. Photo by Thomas D. Show More Summary

Humane Society International closes another dog meat farm in South Korea (our seventh)

The dogs, including five puppies, were living Inside a dark, labyrinthine maze of barren metal cages. They had no access to daylight or fresh air. Above, HSI's Nara Kim with one of the puppies. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI “When I first...Show More Summary

A Senate Republican attack on animals menaces grizzlies, wolves in Alaska

I couldn’t stop thinking about grizzly bears being chased by a plane or helicopter. The pilot dumps the hunter close to the grizzly, and the hunter shoots the magnificent animal dead. All for a trophy. Photo by John E. Swallow I tossed and turned almost the entire night. Show More Summary

Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

In The Humane Economy, I argue that we are at a turning point in our relationship with animals, and when we look at animal issues through an economic lens, there’s a more compelling argument than ever to do right by animals. It’s fitting,...Show More Summary

An attempted overthrow of our national wildlife refuge system

If grizzly bears, black bears, and wolves cannot live in peace on national wildlife refuges, where can they live? Photo by iStockphoto Let’s be very clear. The resolution advanced by Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan to allow unconscionable...Show More Summary

Gulliver’s travails underscore urgency of lead ammo ban

Between 10 and 20 million birds and other animals from more than 130 species die each year from lead poisoning, which is wholly preventable with the use of widespread lead alternatives. Photo by iStockphoto Gulliver’s chances didn’t seem high when a caring person saw him fall from a tree and called animal control. Show More Summary

Arkansas poised to enact draconian ag-gag measure

If Gov. Hutchinson signs the bill, Arkansas will join more than a half-dozen states that try to shield animal abusers rather than to protect animals. Photo by The HSUS The attack on animals – and the people who defend them – isn’t just happening on the federal level. Show More Summary

HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

In 2016, The HSUS reached a landmark agreement with SeaWorld to end the company’s orca breeding program and move it away from theatrical performances involving orcas. Photo by iStockphoto Today, we officially release our 2016 annual report. Show More Summary

Alaskans say no to using aircraft, cruel traps to kill grizzlies on national wildlife refuges

During the debate on the House floor, Rep. Don Young proudly announced that as a young man, he killed wolves in their dens and pocketed the bounty paid by the federal government. Photo by Alamy When we worked to outlaw cockfighting in the last U.S. Show More Summary

The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

The nation is waking up to cruelty as an indicator of social pathology. First offenders typically start on animals, and then turn their violent instincts to people. Photo by iStockphoto I’ll get to that matter, but some background first. Show More Summary

Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Maryland’s Senate has passed a bill banning cownose ray contests, where rays are bludgeoned to death, then dumped overboard after they have been weighed for the contest. Photo by Alamy Legislative activity is furious at the federal and state level. Show More Summary

Animal protection is neither right nor left – but forward

Just as we worked so hard to normalize the notions of adoption of homeless animals and spay-and-neuter as a basic responsibility of pet owners, we want to universalize broader notions about animal protection. Photo by iStockphoto A couple months ago, former President George W. Show More Summary

Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

Three rhinos are poached every day for their horns. Above, armed game wardens watch over an endangered northern white rhino at a nature conservancy in Kenya. Photo by Alamy It’s an alarming and revealing photo – a group of four game wardens in Kenya, guns in hand, surrounding a large adult male northern white rhino. Show More Summary

Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

Ending dog-meat eating, and shuttering thousands of dog meat farms, is a top priority for Humane Society International. Estimates suggest that butchers kill 30 million dogs a year across Asia. Above, a dog on a dog meat farm in South Korea. Show More Summary

Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

As much as we might disagree with the court’s decision, it provides an unfortunate but nonetheless compelling argument for Congress to keep its nose out of ESA listing and delisting actions. Photo by Alamy A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming was upheld by the U.S. Show More Summary

Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

Hunters and anglers deposit tens of thousands of tons of lead in our environment, and it is estimated that between 10 and 20 million birds and other animals die each year from lead poisoning. Above, an eastern screech owl with lead poisoning being cared for at one of our wildlife care centers. Show More Summary

Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

he New York ordinance, like many others around the country, depends on the USDA database of Animal Welfare Act violations in order to function. The HSUS is continuing to push the USDA to restore its records on puppy mill inspections....Show More Summary

My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

Never make your first point about economic efficiency or consumer choice; make it about our ethical responsibilities to live well and avoid causing unnecessary pain to vulnerable creatures, says Arthur Brooks. Photo by iStockphoto On...Show More Summary

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