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February 16, 2017
House overturns rule from professional wildlife management agency and sanctions killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in dens
The U.S. House of Representatives overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that stopped a set of appalling and unsporting predator control methods on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. These egregious practices include shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for grizzly bears to shoot, trapping bears with cruel steel-jawed leghold traps and wire snares and luring grizzly bears with food to get a point blank kill. Republicans, with only a few dissents, provided the votes for the measure, which passed by a vote of 225 to 193.
February 14, 2017
Congress seeking to unwind decision by professional wildlife managers and restart inhumane and unethical hunting practices on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska
The Humane Society of the United States launched a hard-hitting television advertising campaign to stop a movement in Congress to allow egregious killing methods targeting grizzly bears and wolves in Alaska on National Wildlife Refuges – the one category of federal lands specifically set aside for the benefit of wildlife.
February 2, 2017
Wildlife protection and conservation groups call on Oregon lawmakers to oppose cruel cougar trophy hunting bills
A coalition of animal welfare, wildlife protection and conservation groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to oppose four bills relating to cruel cougar trophy hunts recently introduced in the House and Senate.
January 14, 2017
The Humane Society of the United States, long a bitter adversary of Feld Entertainment and Ringling Bros., applauded the company for its decision to shut down the circus in May, ending 146 years of coercive, inhumane wild animal acts that were at the center of the show.
December 22, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States expressed dismay and exasperation at Governor Snyder for signing a third wolf hunting bill, SB 1187 in three years, after voters rejected two similar measures at the ballot box in the general election in November 2014. The Michigan Court of Appeals struck down a third wolf-hunting measure earlier in the month that came to lawmakers through a legislative referendum mechanism but didn’t require the governor’s signature.
November 29, 2016
The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Ivory Education Institute – a group promoting ivory use – challenged the law in 2015.
November 29, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that all leopards may qualify for “endangered” status under the Endangered Species Act. The decision comes in response to a legal petition submitted in July 2016 by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Center for Biological Diversity and The Fund for Animals.
November 23, 2016
Today, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a 2014 state law passed to circumvent a citizen vote blocking a proposed Michigan wolf hunt is unconstitutional. The law would have enabled state wildlife officials to resume a wolf hunt if the species were dropped from federal Endangered Species Act protections in the Great Lakes region.
October 19, 2016
The fight to protect Alaska's predators: The HSUS pushes to preserve U.S. Fish and wildlife rules that ban cruel hunting methods
The HSUS works to preserve new rules that protect wolves and other predators in Alaska from cruel hunting methods.
October 6, 2016
When voters go to the polls this November, they won’t only be making decisions about which elected officials will represent them.