• 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

    Owl Chick Reunited with Family

    A great horned owl chick falls from high up in a tree and is brought to South Florida Wildlife Center for care. After a successful attempt at re-nesting, she's safe and back with her owl family.

  • 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 20, 2014

    Two Bobcat Friends for Lil Boy

    Ramon and Cinammon have grown up at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center. But, now they've just moved to Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch to join Lil Boy after the recent passing of another, elderly bobcat, Bob.

  • January 17, 2014

    Animal Protection Groups Ask California Court to Uphold Exotic Pet Law

    The Fund for Animals

    A roadside zoo big cat breeder in California is seeking to weaken that state’s exotic pet law, which protects public safety and animal welfare. California’s is one of the oldest such laws, requiring permits and inspections for facilities exhibiting dangerous wild animals.

  • 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

    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

    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

    ASPCA

    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

    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 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 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

    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 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

    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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