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Contents What is the Humane Society of the United States doing to help farm animals? What are some of the biggest problems farm animals face? Aren't there laws that protect farm animals from abuse? Don't animals have to be treated well to be productive? What can I do to help farm animals?

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small mouse hiding in brush

The mountain lion known as P-47 survived fires, freeways and hostile ranchers. But in March, the 3-year-old big cat—tracked by California biologists since his kitten days—succumbed to a hidden hazard: an insidious form of food poisoning. Six anticoagulant compounds—chemicals used to kill rodents...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER
monarch butterfly on a milkweed flower

Much of what we do in the name of aesthetics comes at a cost to our overall well-being. From fad diets to chemical peels to cosmetic surgeries, beauty routines attempt to squash what’s natural in favor of an unattainable and short-lived “otherness.” The mindset isn’t limited to the treatment of our...

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By Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener

Skunks are infamous producers of an odor so powerful that it quickly and easily communicates a clear message: “Don’t mess with me”

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Adapted from the book Wild Neighbors

Around the world, tree squirrels are among the most prolific—and fun to watch—backyard wildlife species.

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Free-spirited Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter series possesses a quiet courage: She’s a nonjudgmental, gentle soul who takes the side of the oppressed simply because it’s right. Evanna Lynch—the Irish actress who portrays her in the movies—seems to share those traits. Through her weekly podcast...

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Once driven to the brink of extinction by the fur trade, beavers are finally making a comeback.

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brown rabbit in the grass

Somewhere between childhood and middle age, people’s natural affinity for wildlife often melts away, overtaken by exaggerated fears of of marauding armies of deer, insects and raccoons intent on invading our gardens and homes. Scorn for rabbits, the sensitive stars of many a bedtime story, is...

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By Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener
Live animals in cages at a wet market in China

It began, almost certainly, in a bat. Then, just as SARS jumped to civets from bats, the virus that causes COVID-19 passed to another mammal, possibly a pangolin. Finally, late last year, the new coronavirus most likely jumped to humans in a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, a densely populated city...

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by Karen E. Lange

What is bear baiting? Bear baiting involves intensive feeding of black bears to make them easier targets of trophy hunters waiting nearby. It occurs typically weeks in advance of hunting seasons to accustom bears to feeding in a certain area. Hunters stack donuts, candy, grease, rotting garbage...

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scrapbook showing photos of Mavrick the dog and Maverick's leash with tags

About a year ago, our 15-year-old pup began falling down when he tried to walk. Each time Maverick took a few steps, he stumbled to the left and his back legs buckled, sending him to the ground. This is the same 20-pound bundle of energy who once had such leaping ability that he grabbed our Easter...

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By Jodie Valade

Often maligned and misunderstood, opossums play many important roles in their ecosystems.

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Note: South Florida Wildlife Center was an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States from 2009 to 2020. In 2020, it became an independent entity. Bats are often the subject of nightmares, but South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) seeks to change that by learning from its recent bat...

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Between roles on the screen and on the stage, actress Evanna Lynch dedicates her time to animal advocacy. Photo courtesy Evanna Lynch. Free-spirited Luna Lovegood of the Harry Potter series possesses a quiet courage: She’s a nonjudgmental, gentle soul who takes the side of the oppressed simply...

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Feral cats sitting together by a food bowl

Beth McNulty was used to seeing the occasional cat cross her property. In her rural community in Monrovia, Maryland, some of her neighbors let their pet cats roam free. And from time to time, a stray would show up and take shelter in her backyard shed. Over the years, she’d adopted two of these...

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Julie Falconer

From butterflies to beetles, moths to mosquitoes, insects are a diverse bunch—and they’re crucial to keeping ecosystems healthy.

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A keystone species, bees are responsible for sustaining ecosystems and billions of dollars in agricultural crops each year.

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You find your cat rolling and twisting on the floor, rubbing his face against it and drooling everywhere. Right away you know — they've been in the catnip.

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Two dogs in a cage on a dog meat farm in South Korea

Lee Tae Hyung had raised dogs for meat for more than two decades, but late last year he was looking for a way out. Under criticism from his family for a business that shamed them, and facing complaints from neighbors about the noise and smell, he was ready to cut ties with the trade that had...

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Karen E. Lange

House-training your dog or puppy requires patience, commitment and lots of consistency. Accidents are part of the process, but if you follow these basic house-training guidelines, you can get the newest member of your family on the right track in a few weeks’ time. Establish a routine Like babies...

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