Because cruelty often happens behind closed doors.

You can’t solve a problem if you can’t prove it exists. Through months of photos, videos and meticulous notes, our highly trained undercover investigators document abusive practices in the food, fashion, entertainment, commercial trade, pet and science industries so that they can’t be ignored by the public and lawmakers. The evidence collected helps to raise awareness, change policies and spur prosecutions.

Investigations FAQ

Urge Petland to stop selling puppies!

There are thousands of puppy mills—mass-breeding operations where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages—across the country being supported by pet stores like Petland.

French bulldog puppy with cherry eye in Petland enclosure
A French bulldog puppy at the Petland store in Novi, Michigan, with cherry eye, a congenital defect that typically requires surgery. The HSUS
Pet store cruelty

Our investigators have captured dead and dying animals and heartbreaking treatment at Petland pet stores countrywide. After we gave footage and documentation to authorities, several stores were cited or shut down and a former Petland manager was convicted of animal cruelty.

Did you know?
Seized worked ivory confiscated and destroyed in Hong Kong

Carved from undocumented, likely illegal, elephant ivory were found in our investigation of 20 antique stores across Florida.


Were released from agonizing and unnecessary toxicity testing after our investigation of Dow Agrosciences, now known as Corteva Agriscience. 

A stuffed lion family.
hunting trophies

Were discovered in our investigation of an Iowa auction.

Sad dog in cage in Indiana toxicology lab

Animals in the U.S. continue to suffer and die in experiments to test cosmetics like lipstick, deodorant and cologne. By supporting our work to end testing and experiments on animals, you will help countless rabbits, mice and other animals languishing in laboratories.