Together with you, we made real progress for animals during another unusual year.
Thank you for sticking with us, so we can be there for them. Here’s what you’ve shown us in 2021.
You won’t stand for fur.
In 2020, consumers made the connection between the fur trade and dangerous diseases that pose a public health risk, including COVID-19. In 2021, we saw the fallout from that realization. Not only did some of the biggest names in fashion—including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Canada Goose, Valentino and more—ditch fur, but luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus also announced fur-free policies. Weston, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, became the latest U.S. cities to pass fur sales bans, while Israel made a historic announcement: It will become the first country to ban fur sales.
Whether it is being sold here in the United States, in the United Kingdom or farmed globally, barbarism knows no borders, and this effort is key to my life’s mission of bringing a conscience to the fashion industry
Fashion designer Stella McCartney on her label’s joint campaign with Humane Society International to raise awareness about the cruelty of fur
Both egg producers and animal welfare advocates agree that this is the right thing to do.
Assemblyman Howard Watts of Nevada, on a law mandating that eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens
You’re defending wild animals.
When misguided policies and practices threaten wild animals, we fight back. In 2021, we defeated legislation that would have allowed the hunting of bears in Connecticut, mountain lions in Oklahoma and wolves in Minnesota. We also saw positive progress: Hawaii passed a bill prohibiting the intentional killing of sharks in state waters, and Maryland passed a ban on cruel wildlife killing contests. Plus, 131 animal care and service agencies throughout the country signed on to our Wild Neighbors pledge, which encourages these agencies to use humane, nonlethal approaches to resolve conflicts with wildlife. In the years ahead, countless animals will benefit from these policies.
I didn’t know I could love a dog this much. He is so warm, and I feel so happy when I’m with him. If he wasn’t here, it would feel so strange. DeeJay is my family.
South Korean musician Annie Ko on DeeJay, the Labrador she adopted after HSI rescued him from a meat farm in 2016. Ko served as a translator during the rescue.
You’re saying “no” to puppy mills.
For nine years running, we’ve published the Horrible Hundred, a report that exposes egregious puppy millers throughout the United States. Just months after this year’s report went public, we got good news: The Missouri attorney general was suing or shutting down multiple breeders highlighted in the report, and with support from our Ohio state director, an Ohio committee resolved to crack down on dog breeders with severe violations. Thanks to public support, lawmakers around the country are taking action, too: Illinois and Washington became the latest states to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores, and 30 more localities passed ordinances doing the same. We’re excited to watch this trend continue in the years ahead.
You’re there for animals and their people, when they need it most.
Thanks to you, our Animal Rescue Team can respond to some of the biggest threats to animals, including disasters and cruelty situations. And as the pandemic and its economic fallout continue, the work we’ve been doing for years is even more crucial: keeping people and their pets together through our Rural Area Veterinary Services and Pets for Life programs, which bring services and supplies to underserved communities.
- Nearly 30 starving cows were languishing on a property in Sunrise, Florida, until the South Florida SPCA and law enforcement stepped in to save them in May. In addition to arranging transport and securing temporary housing, we provided a grant to care for the cows until they found a home at Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida.
- In October, our team assisted the Muncie Police Department in rescuing dozens of cats from an alleged neglect situation in Muncie, Indiana. The cats had been living in filth and many needed veterinary care for respiratory infections, skin conditions and injuries. We’re caring for the cats at a temporary shelter until they’re ready for adoption.
- Sometimes it’s a single animal who needs our support. In August, we collaborated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City Police Department and the Bronx Zoo to remove an 11-month-old cougar from a New York City home. Surrendered after her owners realized a private residence is no place for a wild creature, the cougar now resides at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas.