• January 29, 2014

    Reward Offered in Kansas Poisoning Deaths of Dogs

    Ellis County Sheriff's Department

    The Humane Society of the United States 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 the poisoning deaths of three dogs in Ellis County, Kan.

  • January 27, 2014

    Farm Bill Strengthens Animal Fighting Law, Omits Dangerous King Amendment

    Humane Society Legislative Fund

    The Farm Bill conference report released today by the House-Senate conference committee includes two major wins on animal welfare issues, and was applauded by The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

  • January 27, 2014

    More than 40 Dogs Rescued from Fayette County, Ala., Property

    Forty one dogs were removed from a Berry, Ala., property after authorities charged four people with 80 counts of animal cruelty. The 24th Circuit Drug Task Force called in The Humane Society of the United States to assist in the rescue and removal the animals.

  • January 27, 2014

    USDA Shutters Calf Slaughter Plant in New Jersey in Wake of HSUS Investigation

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reacted strongly to a complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States, ordering Catelli Bros. of Shrewsbury, N.J. to suspend its operations for egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law.

  • January 26, 2014

    Suspected Covington County, Ala. Cockfight Ring Raided

    Authorities raided an Andalusia, Ala. property, arrested six suspected cockfighters and seized nine birds. The raid was the result of a joint investigation among several Alabama law enforcement agencies and The Humane Society of the United States.

  • January 22, 2014

    First Non-Lethal Deer Management Project Approved in Virginia

    The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has recently approved a non-lethal surgical sterilization project proposed by the City of Fairfax, Virginia to humanely reduce the population of white-tailed deer.

  • January 21, 2014

    Top Ten Emergency Placement Partners of 2013

    The Humane Society of the United States has named its top ten Emergency Placement Partners for 2013.

  • January 21, 2014

    Random-Source Dog Dealer has License Revoked

    Only five random-source Class B dog dealers remain in the U.S. after the revocation of Kenneth Schroeder’s license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • January 16, 2014

    Congress Blocks Domestic Horse Slaughter

    The spending bill passed this evening by the Senate, and that cleared the House yesterday, includes a provision that halts any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on U.S. soil.

  • January 15, 2014

    African Lion of Ramona-based Wildlife Center Passes Away

    The Fund for Animals

    Samson, an African Lion and long-term resident at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, has passed away. Samson came to the wildlife center as a 3-month-old in 2001 after being rescued from the exotic pet trade and an unlicensed owner who hoped to use the kitten as a profit-making prop.

  • January 15, 2014

    Alyssa Milano Wants Better Treatment for Horses

    Longtime animal advocate and star of ABC’s "Mistresses," Alyssa Milano, appeals to Congress to protect Tennessee walking horses from abuse by swiftly passing the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406.

  • January 15, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Jim Moran Thanked for Leadership on Animal Welfare

    Humane Society Legislative Fund

    U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., has been a remarkable leader on animal welfare issues during his career. In the wake of his announcement that he would not seek re-election in November, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund thank him for his work to protect animals.

  • January 15, 2014

    Virginia Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Cruel “Fox Penning,” Support Stronger Pet Store Regulation


    Virginia voters overwhelmingly oppose the practice of “fox penning” by a more than 9-to-1 margin – and a large majority support legislation to prohibit the practice. A new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research surveyed 625 statewide voters on various animal welfare issues. Fox pens are fenced enclosures where dogs are released to chase wild-caught, stocked foxes, often killing them. More than 7,000 foxes were subjected to these unsporting and inhumane events in Virginia in the last six years.

  • January 14, 2014

    Congress Urged to Ban Funding for Horse Slaughter

    Congress released the details of a FY 2014 spending bill, which includes language that halts any efforts to resume horse slaughter for human consumption on U.S. soil. The legislation will forbid spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants, reinstating a ban on domestic horse slaughter for the fiscal year. A similar spending prohibition had been put in place in 2005, but it was not renewed in 2011.

  • January 10, 2014

    Statement on New York Governor Signing Groundbreaking Puppy Mill Legislation

    New York local governments can now regulate large-scale commercial puppy mills and provide oversight of pet dealers, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing of A.740a/S.3753a. Sponsored by Assembly member Linda B. Rosenthal, D-New York, and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, the law grants counties and municipalities the ability to enact regulations to protect dogs raised in puppy mills. Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

  • January 10, 2014

    Bill Richardson Named Humane Horseman of the Year

    Bill Richardson, former New Mexico governor, U.S. Energy Secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations, has been chosen as the 2013 Humane Horseman of the Year by The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS recognized Richardson for his leadership in working to block horse slaughter from resuming on U.S. soil and his efforts to protect New Mexico’s wild mustang and burro population. Each year, The HSUS offers the award to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s equines.

  • January 10, 2014

    23 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Alexander County, N.C. Puppy Mill

    Humane Society of Charlotte, Alexander County, Alexander County Sheriff's Office

    More than 20 dogs and puppies and one parrot were rescued from an Alexander County, N.C., property by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of Charlotte. The groups were called in by Alexander County and Alexander County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the rescue and removal of the animals.

  • January 9, 2014

    Randolph County Urged to Reconsider Reversal on Gas Chamber Ban

    HSUS North Carolina State Director, Kimberley Alboum, calls on Randolph County officials to reconsider their decision to continue the use of gas chambers at the county animal shelter, despite receiving a grant in 2011 for their commitment to eliminate their gas chamber.

  • January 8, 2014

    Glee Star Takes a Stand Against Puppy Mills

    Lea Michele

    Golden Globe and Emmy nominee, Lea Michele, has joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that will give local governments the ability to regulate New York puppy mills.

  • January 8, 2014

    Soring Violations Abound Among Walking Horse Industry Leaders, Competitors

    Following the announcement of the new board of directors of the Walking Horse Trainers Association, The Humane Society of the United States released research into the board members’ past violations of the federal Horse Protection Act. The act outlaws “soring,” the abusive methods used to force Tennessee walking show horses and other related breeds to perform an unnatural high-stepping gait for competitions. A review of records of Horse Protection Act violations turned up 116 total citations for soring and related offenses for the seven-person board. One board member had only one violation; one has been cited for violating the act 39 times. The majority of these citations never led to meaningful penalties.

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