Each fall, some state wildlife agencies dump hundreds of thousands of non-native pheasants into the landscape for shooters. The pheasants are raised in barns and have no survival skills. If not shot, predators, exposure to the elements, or starvation kills the birds.
Pheasant stocking is a costly and cruel practice with no place in sound wildlife management.
Stocked birds grow up in a series of boxes and pens. Keepers sometimes cut off their beaks or put plastic "blinders" through their nose holes to prevent the crowded, stressed pheasants from pecking each other.
At some release sites, shooters wait in parking lots for trucks bringing crates of birds, or line up just before stocking to take the first shot.
Releasing pheasants from a truck at an announced date and time violates the fair chase principle that animals must have a reasonable chance to escape.
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February 9, 2015
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November 16, 2009
This week, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society of New York, New York League of Humane Voters and New York State Humane Association submitted comments to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation opposing the continuation of pheasant stocking.
June 18, 2016
The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill which will end the use of bullhooks on elephants in travelling shows and circuses.
April 4, 2016
In response to a 2012 legal petition filed by The Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, Detroit Zoological Society, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Born Free USA, Big Cat Rescue, Fund for Animals and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued guidance making clear that exhibitors violate the Animal Welfare Act by allowing members of the public to handle or feed infant exotic cats like tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguars or leopards.
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.
February 24, 2016
Envisioning a Humane Economy: In His Forthcoming Book, HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle Writes How The World Can Be Better For Animals—And Humans, Too
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle tells the story from the front lines of the animal protection movement in his new book, "The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals," scheduled to release in April.