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MURCHISON, Texas – A former “pet” tiger discovered in a cage where he could barely move in a Houston home last February has made great strides during his first year living at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. When he first arrived at the sanctuary, Loki had to adjust to a life in a spacious...

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Elsa the tiger in a cage on wheels being moved to her new home

Just as a historic freeze sent temperatures plummeting in Texas in February, overwhelming the state’s power grid, breaking pipes and leaving roads slick with ice, a strange call came into the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office near San Antonio. Someone said they heard an animal crying outside their...

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By Karen E. Lange

An approximately 6-month-old, 60-pound tiger named Elsa is settling into her new home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. Elsa was someone’s “pet” and wearing a harness when she was rescued in freezing temperatures by Bexar County authorities. They placed her at a local wildlife...

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Captive orca swimming in a tank

Twenty-three years ago, as the Humane Society of the United States launched a campaign to protect captive marine mammals, SeaWorld invited the organization to visit its Orlando theme park. Dr. Naomi Rose, the newly appointed head of the HSUS campaign, and her colleagues went to the park for a behind...

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Karen E. Lange
Photo collage of a roadside zoo brochure, ticket, a camera and a photograph of a girl with baby tigers.

Danielle Tepper had always loved dolphins. When she went on vacation to Hawaii, she knew she had to see them firsthand. Tepper—now a senior editor at the Humane Society of the United States—wanted to do it ethically, so she avoided captive dolphin attractions. Instead, she booked an excursion to...

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By Brianna Grant
White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange

TEXAS – COVID-19 is not impacting the care of nearly 800 animals representing 40 different species who live at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. The residents, who were rescued from testing laboratories, circuses, roadside menageries or saved from other dire circumstances, luckily do not know...

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TEXAS—In February, a young 75-pound tiger was found in freezing temperatures, in a cage in a San Antonio yard wearing a harness and was transported to safety at her new forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison. She was named Elsa, after the character from the movie Frozen, by the authorities...

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Murchison, TEXAS—This week Eve the once hairless “bare bear” celebrates her one year anniversary living and thriving in her forever home at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. She moved to the 1,400-acre sanctuary in December 2019 after two years of rehabilitation living at...

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TEXAS—In May 2021, the headline-making search for a missing pet tiger named India was underway in Houston. Once he was found by authorities, the nine-month-old, 134-pound cub was transported to his forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. This month marks India’s one year anniversary...

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INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law prohibiting direct public contact with big cats and bears goes into effect on July 1. Implementation of this law brings much needed protection for some of the animals who have been subjected to public handling and forced to live in abysmal facilities in the state...

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Einstein the marmoset in a tree

“Marmoset chauffeur” isn’t listed in Christine Coughlin’s job description as HSUS Minnesota state director, but that’s what she (temporarily) became in November. Coughlin and St. Paul animal control supervisor Molly Lunaris drove a 4-year-old marmoset named Einstein on the first leg of the tiny...

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by Kelly L. Williams
Parrot with no feathers due to self-mutilation.

She embodied all the magic and the misery of modern parrots. Sofia popped off her perch, climbed up my arm, and leaned into my face. A Moluccan cockatoo, among the world’s most stunning birds, Sofia’s most distinctive feature is her huge round head—big, white, and inviting as a fluffy pillow. She...

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Charles Bergman

Murchison, TEXAS—A 6½ year old mama bear named Jackie and her 1½ year old cub Russell are now safe and in their forever home at the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. The duo recently arrived from southern California where they were rescued in 2019 by the Fund for...

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MURCHISON, Texas—India and Elsa, the two young “pet” tigers found earlier this year roaming in Texas neighborhoods—India in Houston and Elsa in San Antonio—are spending their first summer living the good life at Black Beauty Ranch. The Humane Society of the United States released photos and new...

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Kitty Block, Acting President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement concerning the deadly mauling of an intern by a lion at Conservators Center in Burlington, N.C. "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the family of the victim. Sadly this...

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In response to the recent discovery of a tiger found roaming in a Houston neighborhood, the Humane Society of the United States urged an end to the big cat pet trade. Private ownership of big cats has been a growing problem over the past decade and was cast into intense public scrutiny by the...

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