• January 18, 2017

    Former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings recognized as Humane Horseman of the Year

    After working for nearly half a century to protect Tennessee walking horses and other American equines, former U.S. Sen. Joseph Tydings earned special recognition from The HSUS as the 2016 Humane Horseman of the Year. The award is presented on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s finalization of a long-sought rule to strengthen protections for Tennessee walking horses.

  • January 14, 2017

    Ringling Bros. brings the curtain down on the circus and its animal acts

    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.

  • January 13, 2017

    Obama administration finalizes rule to protect Tennessee walking horses

    In a move that should largely spell the end of the barbaric and gratuitous practice of horse soring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the release of its final rule to upgrade Horse Protection Act regulations. The rule bans the use of medieval stacks, chains and other cruel devices and eliminates a corrupt inspection program that places the very people abusing horses in charge of enforcing the law. The Humane Society of the United States credits President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for taking this important anti-cruelty action.

  • January 12, 2017

    Federal judge rules challenge to cougar trapping may proceed

    A federal magistrate judge is allowing a lawsuit that asserts a state wildlife agency’s decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands violates the Endangered Species Act to proceed. The cougar trapping season, which began Nov. 1, 2016 and ends March 31, 2017, is the first in nearly 50 years and will almost certainly kill and injure endangered Mexican wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

  • January 12, 2017

    U.S. House leaders introduce legislation to prohibit slaughter of American horses

    The HSUS, ASPCA, AWI, HSLF

    Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, was introduced by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced their enthusiastic support for the legislation.

  • January 12, 2017

    Alaskan wolves targeted for cruel, ineffective slaughter

    The HSUS strongly condemned the Alaska Board of Game for its decision to slaughter the wolves who live in a portion of the Kenai Peninsula (Unit 15C, southwest of Kenai National Refuge; map available upon request). The HSUS urges Gov. Bill Walker to reverse this cruel and unscientific decision.

  • December 22, 2016

    Gov. Snyder signs wolf-hunt bill despite voter opposition

    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.

  • December 16, 2016

    National Park Service to introduce new wolves to Isle Royale National Park after decline

    The Humane Society of the United States is applauding a recommendation by the National Park Service to introduce 20 to 30 wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan over a three-year period.

  • December 16, 2016

    Audit finds improvements needed at taxpayer-funded animal research facility

    The Humane Society of the United States is urging greater transparency following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General’s final report on the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, where The New York Times exposed appalling animal abuse.

  • December 15, 2016

    $5,000 reward offered after eight mule deer killed in Southern Nevada

    The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killings of eight mule deer in Southern Nevada.