• 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

    MILLY and Friends of Finn Promote Puppy Mill Awareness

    Friends of Finn announced a special collaboration with The Humane Society of the United States to promote puppy mill awareness with a new line of t-shirts, exclusively available at the MILLY NYC Boutique at 900 Madison Avenue in New York and MILLYNY.com. The t-shirts, designed by Friends of Finn founder Amanda Hearst in collaboration with Michelle Smith, debuted Tuesday, Jan. 14.

  • 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 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 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 13, 2014

    The Cheesecake Factory Announces Progress in Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Supply Chain

    The Cheesecake Factory, which serves more than 80 million customers a year, announced that it has begun eliminating gestation crates from its pork supply.

  • January 13, 2014

    Illegally Captured Gopher Tortoises Rescued; Transported to Safety

    Two threatened gopher tortoises were illegally taken from the wild by tourists who picked up the animals while vacationing in Florida in October and took the animals home to Arkansas. Although the tourists were concerned about the tortoises’ health when they removed them from their natural habitat, these animals are a threatened species and it is illegal to keep them in private possession.

  • 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 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

    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 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.

  • January 7, 2014

    What to Do If You See a Pet Left Out in the Cold

    As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, The HSUS sees an increase in complaints about dogs and cats left outside with no food or shelter. Here's what you can do.

  • January 7, 2014

    Georgia Regents University to Stop Purchasing Dogs from Questionable Dealers following Undercover Investigation

    An undercover investigation at Georgia Regents University has led to a significant change in one of the university’s animal research policies.

  • January 7, 2014

    USDA Must Investigate Internet Puppy Broker, Unlicensed Breeders

    A complaint filed with the United States Department of Agriculture requests the agency take enforcement action against more than 50 commercial dog breeders who appear to be operating in violation of federal law. The breeders appear to have illegally sold puppies to middleman Purebred Breeders, LLC, without a USDA license. The complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States also urges the USDA to take enforcement action against Purebred Breeders for failing to obtain a license in light of recent changes to federal regulations that require retailers who sell puppies to consumers sight-unseen to obtain a federal license.

  • January 6, 2014

    HSUS to Wisconsin Farm Bureau: Join Us to End to Dairy Cow Tail-Docking

    The Wisconsin Farm Bureau should help the state’s dairy industry be proactive on animal welfare problems, according to The Humane Society of the United States.

  • January 6, 2014

    China Destroys Confiscated Ivory Stockpile

    Humane Society International, Jane Goodall Institute China

    China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile. The momentous event occurred in Guangzhou, a southern port city and main transit and destination point in the global ivory trade.

  • January 6, 2014

    2013 Ranking of State Animal Protection Laws Released

    In the fifth annual “Humane State Ranking” report released by The Humane Society of the United States, California held onto first place while South Dakota has the weakest animal protection laws in the nation.

  • January 6, 2014

    Year's First Anti-Whistleblower Bill Introduced

    The first “ag-gag,” or whistleblower suppression, bill of 2014 has been introduced, and will be heard in the Corrections and Criminal Law committee on Tuesday at the Indiana State House.


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