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Together, we can keep animals safe in their natural habitat.

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free range chickens outdoors

We’re making life better for farm animals. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread and legislatures across the country ended sessions early, we didn’t let up—and in July, after a year of campaigning, we celebrated as Colorado’s governor signed our cage-free egg bill into law. We also adapted our in-person...

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By Kelly L. Williams

As the “endangered species capital of the world,” Hawai‘i knows first-hand the devastating impacts of losing significant and iconic native species. The state has now taken a historic step in helping to prevent the further loss of critically endangered species within its own borders and abroad. With...

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Humane Society International

The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Ivory Education Institute—a group promoting ivory use—challenged the law in 2015. The Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Biological...

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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
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

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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Photo illustration showing a domestic cat and an exotic cat

If you had driven by the idyllic-looking suburban home near Albany, New York, you would have never known that six African exotic cats had, for more than a decade, been living in the dark basement. In the wild, servals, often referred to as reed cats, typically live near water. The largely solitary...

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by Michael Di Paola & Ruthanne Johnson

The following statements of policy have been prepared by the professional staff of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and were approved by its Board of Directors on October 22, 2005. These statements express the values and positions of the HSUS on a wide range of issues involving human...

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Wildlife conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to force officials to propose Endangered Species Act protections for critically imperiled pangolins. Today’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service notes that pangolins, which inhabit Asia and Africa, are in grave danger of...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is earning praise for signing legislation to restrict the intrastate sale of ivory and rhino horn products. House Bill 4843, introduced by Rep. Martin Moylan of Des Plaines, will ensure that Illinois does not contribute to the illegal wildlife trade. The Humane Society of...

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Dazzle Africa, the HSUS and HSI applaud Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval for signing a bill to prohibit the intrastate sale of products derived from wild animals threatened by wildlife trafficking. Senate Bill 194, introduced by Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, will ensure that Nevada does not contribute to...

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Together, we can learn how to peacefully coexist with wild animals and support their natural habitats.

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A recent statewide poll shows that California voters of both parties overwhelmingly support—by a more than 10-to-1 margin—closing the loophole in California’s decades-old elephant ivory sales ban and ending rhino horn trade. These polling results were consistent across every major demographic...

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Live animals in cages at a wet market in China

It began, almost certainly, in a bat. Then, just as SARS jumped to civets from bats, the virus that causes COVID-19 passed to another mammal, possibly a pangolin. Finally, late last year, the new coronavirus most likely jumped to humans in a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, a densely populated city...

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by Karen E. Lange

WASHINGTON—In the wake of media reports that China will delay issuance of regulations that would allow a limited domestic trade in tiger bone and rhino horn, Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States call for permanent reinstatement of a complete ban. China announced...

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WASHINGTON⁠—Today the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International released findings of an undercover undercover investigation revealing a lucrative ivory trade in the nation’s capital, where ivory dealers take advantage of the lack of local laws banning the sale of ivory...

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Washington voters have approved I-1401 to severely restrict the trade in parts of ten species of animals threatened with extinction, with the measure currently leading by a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent. Initiated by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and backed by The Humane Society of the United...

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WASHINGTON—A shocking undercover investigation (PDF) conducted by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International found giraffe parts and products sold online and in stores by at least 51 dealers across the United States. An investigator went undercover in 21 stores in...

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Humane Society International