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Sleek, powerful and endlessly fascinating, sharks have roamed the oceans for millions of years.

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Together, we are making the ocean safer for those who call it home.

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Mom and baby elephant walking together in the wild

Seven years ago, Minnesota attorney Jack Fay went to Kenya to meet the orphaned baby elephant he had been “fostering” through online donations. The HSUS state council member waited at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, on the edge of Nairobi, as Naipoki’s keepers brought her back from a day in the forest...

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by Karen E. Lange

Animal advocates across Hawaii are celebrating the close of a successful legislative year with the passage of seven new animal protection laws. Most notably, during the first year of the 2021-2022 session, Hawaii prohibited the sale of cosmetics produced as a result of animal testing, an unnecessary...

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WASHINGTON - The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 310 v 107. This critical bill, led by Reps. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, prohibits the commercial trade of shark fins...

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a law prohibiting the sale and trade of shark fins, making it the 14th U.S. state to enact legislation to limit or ban the trade. “With the Governor’s signature, New Jersey has been removed from the global shark fin trade market and sends a clear signal...

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Shark being filmed for the movie Sharkwater Extinction

Rob Stewart was 9 the first time he came face-to-face with a shark. While he was snorkeling along a reef in the Caribbean, the shark swam into view and quickly reversed direction. The encounter lasted mere seconds, but it changed Stewart’s perception of the oft-misunderstood predator. “For me, that...

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By Emily Smith

The Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States applaud the passage of S.793, the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2017, by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. S.793 would prohibit the import, export, sale and trade of shark fins...

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On a longline fishing boat off the Galapagos Islands, a concerned biologist working undercover as a cook films a horrifying scene. As the camera rolls, a blue shark is dragged upside down out of the water, a sharp hook piercing it through the roof of the mouth and out through the side of the face...

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Michael Sharp

WASHINGTON—The Shark Free Marina Initiative released statistics showing that recreational fishing of sharks in the U.S. has contributed to the devastating decline in shark populations worldwide. Up to 73 million sharks are killed worldwide each year in commercial fisheries, mostly for their fins...

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Healthy oceans are vital to the animals who call them home and to the overall well-being of our planet. Here are a few things you can do to help. Stop trashing the ocean You probably wouldn't dream of dumping your trash in the ocean. But did you know that over-fertilizing your lawn could have an...

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Photo of a mink in the wild

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...

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By Kelly L. Williams