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A Veterinarian treats a dog rescued from the China dog meat trade.

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. Editor's note | May 20, 2016: Since this article first published, activists have continued to go to Yulin to protest its annual dog meat festival and rescue dogs. A recent HSI investigation revealed that about 300 dogs are killed each day in the...

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Karen E. Lange

Dogs are the canine companions who have shared our lives for millennia.

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To stop the brutal trade in our best friends.

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By Bethany W. Adams
Dogs in filthy conditions at a dog meat farm in South Korea

When the U.S.-based rescuers from Humane Society International touched down in Seoul in mid-October, they faced the usual jet lag. But rather than tackle it by jumping head-first into their work—shutting down their 17th South Korean dog meat farm—they went straight to a hotel … and straight into...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith
Dogs in filthy cages at a dog meat farm in South Korea

It’s still dark, the coming dawn a wash of paler blue in the inky sky over Namyangju, a small city outside of Seoul, when the line of vans turns off the main highway onto a gravel side road. The vans ascend the narrow drive up a brushy, frozen hillside, assembling above a cluster of ramshackle metal...

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M. Carrie Allan

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However...

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Dogs living in severe neglect, rescued by HSUS

The scene was as grim as it gets: dozens of dogs confined to dilapidated hutches, leaking in the pouring rain, and dozens more—nearly 140 in all—crammed into filthy campers and a single mobile home. They cowered in groups, big dogs and small, some nearly hairless from skin conditions, others without...

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Kelly L. Williams

A small pool filled with green slime was Cinder’s only drinking water when animal control officers in Somerset County, Maryland, rescued her from a large-scale breeding operation earlier this year. She had been living without access to food, clean water or adequate veterinary care—left in a dark...

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By Emily Smith

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­allegedly physically and sexually abusing a puppy and abandoning her near Fort Dupont Park in...

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Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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Contents What is animal cruelty? Why is it a concern? Why would anyone be cruel to animals? Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence? What happens when authorities prosecute an animal cruelty case? Can reports be made anonymously? How many animals are victims...

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Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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Emergency response team on a boat with rescued cats in a crate.

Long before emergency alerts ring out, members of the Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue and Response team are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Armed with specialized training and cutting-edge equipment, these elite professionals answer the call for help wherever animals are in...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith
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

Row upon row of cages were filled with barking Labs, retrievers, shepherds and mixes—all eager to greet the Humane Society International rescuers who had just arrived at a dog meat farm in South Korea last October. As research student Myles Wallingford moved around the property, he saw the...

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by Emily Smith
Dog in a cage at a South Korea dog meat farm

With a head the size of a basketball, broad shoulders and massive paws, Florence might at first seem imposing. But the mastiff mix’s wagging tail and puppy-like wonder in her wrinkle-topped eyes are endearing. When you toss her a stuffed toy, she gives it a good shake and pins it against the ground...

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Ruthanne Johnson