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Photo of a test rabbit scared in its cage.

Editor's note: Shortly after this issue went to press, Mexico banned animal testing for cosmetics. We've updated the number of countries with such bans in the copy below. When Julia Fentem began her career in toxicology around 1990, there was one government-sanctioned way of proving cosmetics safety...

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Text by Karen E. Lange  Illustrations by Rachel Stern

Update 3/27/19: Dow AgroSciences (Corteva Agriscience) has officially agreed to release the beagles to our shelter partner, Michigan Humane Society. We are so grateful to each and every one of you who spoke up and took action to save these dogs. As we celebrate their freedom, our work is far from...

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By M. Carrie Allan

Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture took the first step to rectify a decision made during the previous administration which negatively impacted farm animal welfare standards. In January 2017, the USDA issued a sweeping rule that would have strengthened standards for animal welfare...

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Photo illustration of a farm scene using plant-based nuggets and condiments as design elements

Around 2014, Kristie Middleton walked through a cafeteria at the University of California, hoping to see students chowing down on some of the healthy plant-based options she was encouraging food service providers to adopt. Middleton, then with the Humane Society of the United States, figured that...

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by Karen E. Lange

WASHINGTON—A coalition of animal welfare, consumer safety and worker rights organizations commend U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., for introducing the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act, which would protect workers, animals, and consumers from the...

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Video evidence (below) compiled by the Humane Society of the United States shows inhumane handling methods that may have endangered the health of children. A shocking undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States reveals widespread mistreatment of "downed" dairy cows—those who...

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BOISE, Idaho—Ten conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging Idaho’s extreme wolf-trapping rules, which facilitate the slaughter of up to 90% of Idaho’s gray wolf population. The lawsuit contends that continued and expanded wolf trapping and snaring will injure and kill non-target grizzly...

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white rabbit with makeup illustrations

In the late 1960s, a shy teenager in Georgia read an article in her local newspaper about animals being used in laboratory testing. She was outraged. She imagined the agony these animals must have endured and was moved to write a letter to the paper. “I remember it was sort of a rebuttal to what had...

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By Michael Sharp
Woman applying makeup

Beauty products should do more than just help you look good—they should help you feel good, too. That comes from knowing your products and their ingredients haven’t been tested on animals. It’s never been easier to find animal-friendly products, with more than 600 cruelty-free cosmetics companies in...

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Tracy L. Scott

The Humane Society of the United States today released the results of an undercover investigation documenting shocking animal abuse at a Vermont slaughter plant. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture took decisive action today based on the information provided by...

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WASHINGTON—Whole Foods Market has become the latest company to support the Humane Cosmetics Act, the federal legislation that would end the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States. The legislation would, with certain exceptions, end all animal testing for cosmetics...

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Bear and her cubs in the wild

Grizzly bears began arriving in northwestern Montana’s Blackfoot Valley in the late 1990s. Their population in surrounding mountains multiplied and gradually spread out, coming down from higher elevations into the green pastures of cattle country to search for food, returning to habitat bears had...

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By Karen E. Lange
Collage of wildlife from wildlife sanctuaries

Imagine venturing so far into nature that your only surroundings are the beauty of the landscape, the sky and the wildlife living in that unspoiled habitat. Two volunteers for the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, an affiliate of The HSUS, recently did just that, visiting protected land to observe...

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Emily Smith
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Black bear walking down the street in Yellowstone

Meet the new neighbors—and surprise, they don’t want to eat you. As human and black bear populations expand and overlap, this native animal is under fire. But bear-friendly strategies show what can happen when we put down the guns and start cleaning up our acts. It was when Robert Scott ran into...

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Karen E. Lange

NEW YORK—Today, veterinary and animal protection groups sent a petition signed by over 2,900 veterinary professionals and advocates to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) asking the organization to take a stand against ventilation shutdown (VSD). VSD is a cruel method of depopulation...

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The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Personal Care Products Council issued the following joint statement today on the introduction of the Humane Cosmetics Act of 2021 in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. “The cosmetics and personal care...

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Fawn sitting in the grass.

The woman on the phone was anxious but determined. She was calling City Wildlife, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Washington, D.C., because her dog had dug up a rabbit nest and killed three of the babies. There was one survivor. “I’m going to get some kitten formula and start feeding it...

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Kelly L. Williams
Chicken with baby chicks, crossing a pathway

Kristie Middleton never thought she’d spend Thanksgiving cuddling a turkey. “I just never thought of turkeys as wanting human attention or wanting human interaction,” she says. But then again, she’d never met Kona. Several years ago, Middleton was visiting Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French...

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Kelly Madrone

The Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League and the Humane Society of the United States are calling on state policymakers to prohibit the indiscriminate killing of wild animals for cash and prizes in the form of wildlife killing contests. During these events, which take place in Minnesota and...

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