December 4, 2013
“Maryland’s Fatal Attractions,” a report detailing inhumane and unsafe conditions at Maryland’s roadside zoos, uncovered an extreme lack of basic care and filthy conditions at facilities housing dangerous animals such as big cats, bears and primates. The Humane Society of the United States commissioned two experts—Mel Richardson, DVM, and Richard Farinato—representing more than 80 years of collective experience with captive animals to visit and evaluate three roadside zoos in Maryland: Catoctin Zoo in Thurmont, Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun and Tri-State Zoo in Cumberland.
October 23, 2013
The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools to inflict pain for the purpose of training and controlling the behavior of elephants used in circuses and traveling shows to take effect in three years.
October 5, 2013
Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director of The Humane Society of the United States, released a statement in response to a female employee at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Okla. being mauled by an adult tiger
July 31, 2013
Animal protection organizations applaud introduction of the Captive Primate Safety Act which amends the Lacey Act to prohibit interstate commerce in monkeys, apes and other primates for the exotic pet trade
May 14, 2013
A roadside zoo in Mississippi has lost its exhibitor license after 43 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license following an undercover investigation and legal complaints to state and federal officials by The Humane Society of the United States.
November 1, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States is asking Michigan legislators to reject Senate Bill 1236, a bill that puts public safety and animal welfare at risk by allowing the public to handle bear cubs up to approximately nine months of age.
October 18, 2012
Animal Welfare and Conservation Groups Petition USDA to Prohibit Public Contact with Dangerous Wild Animals
On the one-year anniversary of the Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy in which about 50 big cats, bears, primates and other animals were released from cages at a private menagerie, The Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Fund for Animals, Born Free USA, Big Cat Rescue, and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries filed a legal petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears and primates under the Animal Welfare Act.
September 28, 2012
Towering at about 9 feet tall, a dromedary camel named Saudi is one of the newest – and largest – of the rescued animals now roaming the rolling Texas pastures of Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.
June 20, 2012
The HSUS Commends the California Fish and Game Commission for Strengthening Dangerous Wild Animal Regulations
The HSUS applauds the California Fish and Game Commission for voting 3 to 0 today to strengthen state regulations governing the inspection of facilities housing dangerous wild animals.
May 18, 2012
The HSUS Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action by Passing the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act
In the wake of an undercover investigation revealing that an Oklahoma roadside zoo with approximately 200 tigers and other big cats is allowing children to interact with dangerous predators, The HSUS is calling on members of Congress to take immediate action on the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (H.R. 4122).