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ANNAPOLIS—Today the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that prohibits gruesome wildlife killing contests, in which participants compete to kill the most, the heaviest and the smallest animals for cash and prizes. In February 2020, the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover...

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Illustration of a man carrying a dead coyote among other participants of a wildlife killing contest

WARNING: Content may be upsetting to readers. At first glance, the event held behind a restaurant in upstate New York looked like an ordinary community gathering. There were “people with strollers, families, people walking around with beers and coffee and whatnot—almost like a fair,” the Humane...

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By James Hettinger

NEW YORK—The Humane Society of the United States’ annual To the Rescue! gala will take place on Nov. 14, 2020 (pre-show at 7:30 p.m. EST, gala at 8:00 p.m. EST). “Saturday Night Live” Emmy nominated cast member Cecily Strong will host the virtual event, which will feature a special performance by...

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WASHINGTON—Conservation and animal protection groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose critical Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population. Each year, giraffe parts including bones and skins are imported into the U.S. to be...

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Today the Humane Society of the United States released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into a wildlife killing contest in Texas held on January 24. Texas is thought to have the largest number of wildlife killing contests of any state in the country. Investigators documented...

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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

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. What are wildlife killing contests? While contests like dogfighting and cockfighting have been condemned in the U.S. as barbaric and cruel, wildlife killing contests still happen regularly in almost all of the 43 U.S. states they are legal in. Killing...

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