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Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed SB 620—the so-called “Local Business Protection Act”—and in doing so ensured that Florida localities can continue to protect animals and consumers from the cruel puppy-mill-to-pet-store pipeline. The Florida legislature recently passed the extremely broad...

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A sweeping measure that would hurt dogs and families by deterring Florida localities from protecting their communities from cruel business practices and public health threats is now poised for a final vote before reaching the governor’s desk. SB 620/HB 569 could force cities to compensate businesses...

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Ashley from the HSUS Animal Rescue team kissing a dog

UPDATE: After this story first published, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation that includes some of the most comprehensive anti-puppy mill protections in the country. The law increases standards of care for breeding dogs, such as requiring veterinary visits and clean food and water, and bans...

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NEW YORK—Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), the bill is supported by leading animal welfare...

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NEW YORK—Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris, the bill is supported by leading animal welfare groups...

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NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 8, 2021)—A heartbreaking undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States at American Kennels pet store in Manhattan revealed sick and dying puppies stored in the designated sick rooms and a basement, hidden from the public. Some of the ailing dogs were sold to...

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By James Hettinger and Emily Hamlin Smith

The Humane Society of the United States presents Indiana state Rep. Chris Campbell, D-West Lafayette, with the Indiana 2021 Legislator of the Year Award for her efforts to help animals in Indiana and beyond by authoring HB 1142 to end the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Rep. Campbell also...

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At last night’s meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council, the Humane Society of the United States presented councilmembers with the Humane Council Award for a recent ordinance passed prohibiting the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. In October, Elizabethtown became the first community in...

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Horses are strong and resilient.

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Sensitive, intelligent elephants are the world’s largest land mammal (by weight) and a living link to long-extinct species like the woolly mammoth.

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Photo of Sushi the dog jumping into a pool.

Sushi was an excitable and energetic puppy. He’d need the right home, thought Morgan Rivera, one that could handle his high energy levels. Rivera—coordinator of transport and placement with the HSUS—was in Florida helping to assess what Sushi and 41 other dogs would need to thrive after a rough...

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Bird flying with plastic bag in it's mouth

You don’t forget the images: the olive ridley sea turtle, a plastic straw lodged in his nose. The Rubenesque sea lion, neck cinched tight by a thick plastic packing strap. The Cuvier’s beaked whale, stomach split open to reveal more than 80 pounds of plastic waste—snack bags, rope, rice sacks...

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Photo of an industrial chicken operation in India.

In 2019, Sara Shields, in southern India for workshops with Humane Society International colleagues, drove into the countryside near Bangalore to visit industrial chicken operations. At the first farm she stopped at, she saw hundreds of white-feathered birds in long open-sided barns with burlap...

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BRUSSELS—A new report published today—the week marking the six-year anniversary of the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter—reveals that the European Union is the world’s second biggest hunting trophy importer after the United States. EU Trophy Hunting by the Numbers...

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Cecil the lion lounges in the shade

It was the shot heard around the world. An American trophy hunter shot and severely injured Cecil with an arrow after he was lured outside Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe with elephant carcass bait. About 10 hours later, the hunting party tracked him down. A second arrow ended Cecil’s life. The...

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WASHINGTON—Today, a diverse group of equine industry and animal welfare organizations announced the Final Stretch Alliance to End Horse Slaughter—a collaborative effort to permanently ban the slaughter of American horses. In an open letter to congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy...

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WASHINGTON—Today, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International released a shocking analysis of the 2021 Dallas Safari Club annual convention, taking place virtually Feb. 10 to 14. Trophy hunters, hunting outfitters and other businesses from around the world will gather...

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Carter-Fitzpatrick Amendment to the INVEST in America Act, which would ban the slaughter of American equines. Led by Reps. Troy Carter, D-La., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., John Katko, R-N.Y., Dina Titus, D-Nev., Vern...

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