• February 17, 2017

    Statement on USDA’s first step to restore public data

    After an outpouring of anger and expressions of mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed and registered facilities that use animals -- including commercial dog breeding operators, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other operations regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act, such as Tennessee walking horse show participants -- today the USDA reposted a batch of documents.

  • February 17, 2017

    Reward offered in Levy County, Florida, horse shooting case

    The HSUS is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse named Emma.

  • February 16, 2017

    House overturns rule from professional wildlife management agency and sanctions killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in dens

    The U.S. House of Representatives overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that stopped a set of appalling and unsporting predator control methods on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. These egregious practices include shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for grizzly bears to shoot, trapping bears with cruel steel-jawed leghold traps and wire snares and luring grizzly bears with food to get a point blank kill. Republicans, with only a few dissents, provided the votes for the measure, which passed by a vote of 225 to 193.

  • February 14, 2017

    Congress seeking to unwind decision by professional wildlife managers and restart inhumane and unethical hunting practices on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska

    The Humane Society of the United States launched a hard-hitting television advertising campaign to stop a movement in Congress to allow egregious killing methods targeting grizzly bears and wolves in Alaska on National Wildlife Refuges – the one category of federal lands specifically set aside for the benefit of wildlife.

  • February 8, 2017

    Investigation finds products of imperiled wild animals for sale in Maryland

    An investigation by The HSUS uncovered products of imperiled species, notably elephant ivory jewelry and collectibles, for sale throughout Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly is expected to review H.B. 686/S.B. 560, legislation designed to save vulnerable species and combat wildlife crime, in committee hearings on Feb. 15 and Feb. 21.

  • February 7, 2017

    Criminal charges brought against California hen factory farm for violating Prop 2

    San Bernardino County law enforcement authorities today charged Hohberg Poultry Ranch in Ontario, California, with 39 counts of violating the state’s Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, along with 16 other criminal counts of violating the state’s cruelty code. This is the first time charges have been brought against an egg farm for violating the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, also known as Proposition 2, the ballot measure which passed in 2008 with 63.5 percent support. In 2008, in one of the most famous farm animal welfare cases ever, the San Bernardino District Attorney, Michael Ramos, also conducted a landmark prosecution of a slaughter plant that was mishandling and slaughtering downer cows whose meat was distributed to school kids in 50 states.

  • February 6, 2017

    The Humane Society of the United States solicits nominations for the 2017 Russell and Burch Award

    The HSUS welcomes nominations of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of alternative methods in the areas of research, testing, or higher education for the Russell and Burch Award. Alternative methods—also known as the Three Rs—are methods that can replace or reduce the use of animals, or refine procedures so that animals experience less pain or suffering.

  • February 2, 2017

    Wildlife protection and conservation groups call on Oregon lawmakers to oppose cruel cougar trophy hunting bills

    A coalition of animal welfare, wildlife protection and conservation groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to oppose four bills relating to cruel cougar trophy hunts recently introduced in the House and Senate.

  • January 24, 2017

    USDA withdraws horse soring regulations supported by bipartisan members of Congress

    Bureaucratic bungling has stalled a critical animal welfare rulemaking action aimed at cracking down on the barbaric practice of horse soring – with the U.S. Department of Agriculture withdrawing new regulations today that had been broadly supported by hundreds of lawmakers in Congress, the veterinary community, a wide range of horse industry organizations, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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


    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.

  • 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.

  • December 14, 2016

    Osprey hitches a ride from Cape Cod to Fort Lauderdale

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