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To keep wild animals where they belong—in the wild—and out of zoos and circuses.

What is captive hunting? Captive hunting operations—also referred to as "shooting preserves," "canned hunts" or "game ranches"—allow trophy hunters to shoot animals who are fenced in. The animals are often semi-tame—some have even been hand raised or bottle fed by humans. Operators often offer...

Stuffed in a sports bag in Johannesburg, South Africa, the small pangolin was far from her natural environment. She’d been poached from her home and held without food or water for around 10 days, and now she was up for sale. In February 2020, wildlife traffickers brought her to an arranged meeting...

Writing our annual year-end review is no easy task. We sift through mountains of data, read through reports and try to choose just a few victories that capture the incredible breadth of work we do here at the Humane Society family of organizations. This year, we’re trying something different: We...

Wild burros are small but hardy equines capable of surviving in challenging environments.

India leaps into his pool, pouncing on a purple plastic egg—his favorite toy, according to his caregivers. After a few minutes, the tiger ambles over to his watering tub. Instead of taking a drink, he plops in and closes his eyes in contentment. Although he’s young—roughly 10 months old on this June...

NEW YORK—The Humane Society of the United States released the findings of a recent undercover investigation at Sloth Encounters in Hauppauge, New York, owned by Larry Wallach. The investigator captured disturbing footage of staff hitting sloths, stressed sloths kept in crowded conditions, sloths...

Chinchillas are small rodents native to South America who live in large colonies.

Many animal lovers can point to specific childhood memories that ignited their love for animals. As a teacher, parent or caregiver, you probably want to replicate that experience for the children in your care. As someone who loves animals, you also want to make sure your fun excursion isn’t harming...

It starts out mildly enough: Heading to work on the subway, you realize you forgot your wallet. No big deal , you think. I’ll borrow money to get home . Soon the lights go out and the train hurtles toward the sky, speeding through the atmosphere. Time passes—it’s hard to tell how long. The subway is...

Danielle Tepper had always loved dolphins . When she went on vacation to Hawai'i, 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...

It’s March 2021,  and then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki is holding a press conference. Newly elected President Joe Biden has been in office for less than two months, and the hard-charging White House press corps, always on the lookout for broken political promises, wants answers about the...

Fish are aquatic animals who live in diverse habitats.

Zebras are striped, horse-like mammals that live across Africa.

Giraffes are gentle giants.

Fur factory farms and trappers kill millions of animals each year using brutal methods just for their fur. With your help, the Humane Society of the United States is fighting back—and winning—with brands , cities and countries moving away from fur. But to make progress, we need you. There are five...

Dolphins are highly intelligent and social marine mammals.

To stand against the most egregious abuses of wildlife.

Manatees are large, gentle marine mammals who eat only aquatic plants.