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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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American alligators are large aquatic reptiles with strong jaws, armor-like bodies and muscular tails.

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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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Depending on pack ice for their habitat, polar bears are threatened by climate change—and by traffic in their fur and parts.

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Sleek, powerful and endlessly fascinating, sharks have roamed the oceans for millions of years.

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

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. 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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Giraffes are gentle giants.

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To save wildlife from being killed just for bragging rights.

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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, 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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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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Gray wolf on a mountain ridge in Denali National Park, Alaska
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Conservation groups announced today a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of a two-year-old collared female wolf in Wallowa County in early Jan. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Turn in Poachers division also offers a potential...

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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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Photo of deer roaming freely on Fripp Island, SC.

It all began with a deer on the cover of All Animals magazine. Terry Kline, administrator of the Botstiber Foundation outside Philadelphia, saw the photo in the spring of 2014 and turned to a feature about managing deer populations with fertility control (“Out of season,” May/June 2014). For years...

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