The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico drew public attention to the devastating effects of pollution on ocean animals and habitats. Years later, the Gulf spill continues its damage: Dead dolphins still wash up on beaches in large numbers, while fish populations are slow to recover. And this is only one example of the dangerous effects chemical, solid and noise pollution are having on marine life.
- Chemicals: Oil, PCBs and other toxins kill marine animals and plants.
- Solids: Plastic six-pack rings wrap around animals' snouts and necks, making it hard for them to breathe or eat, and fishing lines slice off flukes and fins.
- Noise: Scientists believe the U.S. Navy's sonar causes mass strandings of dolphins and whales.
The HSUS works on many fronts to protect the marine life from these pollutants.
News & Events
June 10, 2015
Manatees are loved by many—but they're still struggling to survive. Learn why they should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
February 18, 2015
Despite their popularity, endangered Florida manatees struggling to survive the loss of habitat and food, poisonous red tides, boat strikes, rampant development and groups that want to strip critical federal and state protection.
February 17, 2015
The federal government has proposed a rule to help address longstanding threats to North Atlantic right whales, including death and serious injury from ship strikes and entanglement in commercial fishing gear.
February 9, 2015
You can help pass laws that protect animals in your state. Humane Lobby Day is easy, fun and guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful animal activist. We'll help you find the Humane Lobby Day in your state.
August 3, 2016
HSUS lauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for new rules protecting iconic wildlife in Alaska from aerial hunting, baiting and trapping on wildlife refuges
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for finalizing a rule prohibiting cruel hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska.
March 17, 2016
En un hecho dramático que abre el camino al eventual fin de la práctica de mantener orcas en cautiverio para su exhibición pública, SeaWorld anunció que suspenderá todos sus programas de cría de orcas para todas las 30 ballenas propiedad de la compañía.
December 30, 2015
According to international trade data, American hunters comprise the vast majority of the clientele for South Africa’s notorious canned hunting operations for African lions.
October 23, 2015
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has just announced it will not move forward for this year with its proposed plan to kill up to 50 percent of all mountain lions along the Arkansas River Valley.