The perception that animals are “overpopulated” in certain areas generally overlooks the fact that their habitat may have been eaten away by development, or their natural predators may have been removed. Whatever the reason, The HSUS is the leading advocate and innovator in humane wildlife-population control.
The HSUS is a leader in the emerging field of immunocontraception—a humane way to control animal populations where it’s necessary and appropriate. This method safely uses the body's immune response to prevent pregnancy without harming the animal or the population as a whole.
Immunocontraception has been used to control deer and wild horse populations across the United States and elephant populations in South Africa.
Overpopulation doesn’t just take place in the wild. That’s why we’ve made immunocontraception technology available to zoos to help alleviate the suffering that results from the excessive breeding of wildlife in captivity.
News & Events
April 25, 2013
The Michigan Senate passed legislation Thursday to block voters from having a say in whether non-game animals, such as wolves and sandhill cranes and others, are designated as game species for hunting and trapping.
January 30, 2013
Punxsutawney Phil will make headlines again on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, and The Humane Society of the United States is encouraging people to celebrate the day by learning more about our wild neighbors and ways to peacefully coexist.
November 14, 2012
The Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission has recognized the late Susan Hagood, who was employed by The Humane Society of the United States for more than 20 years, as Conservationist of the Year for her lifetime of dedication and achievement in the field of wildlife conservation and protection.
November 8, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States Conducts Workshop to Help DeKalb County Solve Conflicts with Coyotes
The HSUS, in collaboration with DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement, held a workshop featuring successful techniques for humanely resolving conflicts with coyotes.
May 15, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States presented a Humane Wildlife Stewardship Award to participants of Operation Turtle, a public-private partnership that has saved the lives of hundreds of aquatic turtles and other wild animals.
May 8, 2013
A California court has upheld the constitutionality of Proposition 4, a 1998 state ballot measure banning use of cruel traps and poisons for the purpose of killing wildlife.
May 7, 2012
The latest on all things wildlife, in 200 words or less.
February 17, 2012
Environmental Protection Agency Announces First Fertility Control Vaccine Approved for Wild Horses in the United States