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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
Kid and his cat at Pets for Life event

On the concrete front porch of this rundown row house, along a narrow street in a rough neighborhood named Hunting Park, eight men sit outside drinking one October afternoon. Two pit bulls and a small dog lie at their feet; the adjoining house next door has boards across its first-floor windows...

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Michael Sharp

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
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Michael Sharp
Portrait of a sad beagle looking up

Hundreds of thousands of people were outraged when the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover investigation in March that showed beagles suffering in a toxicity test at a laboratory in Michigan. The findings revealed the cruelty of animal testing—the dogs were confined to cages...

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Woman holding her dog at Spayathon

The Great Dane refused to wake up. Lying on a soft towel in the recovery area, the huge dog snoozed happily away, oblivious to his family sitting by his side and stroking him. They needed to get him walking so they could head home, but he wasn’t interested.

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by Kelly L. Williams
Coyote in Death Valley National Park

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. In the spring of 2020, an HSUS investigator noticed something unusual: Just as some annual in-person killing contests for coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other animals were being canceled because of COVID-19, groups devoted to online killing...

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By Karen E. Lange
Beauty shot of a fox

WARNING: The following story contains graphic content. The pictures posted on social media did it: dozens or even hundreds of dead coyotes and foxes filling the backs of trucks, or laid out in rows on bloodied ground or hung by their hind legs in a celebratory display above piles of other dead...

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By Karen E. Lange
Rescued chimpanzees at the waters edge eating fresh vegetables
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By Brianna Grant
Photo illustration of a dog being possessive about his tennis ball

Each night around 6, Thaisi Da Silva announces dinnertime. “Are you hungry, girls?” she asks. Four-year-old Sadie trots into the dining room, while 9-month-old Ripley heads out to the deck for an al fresco meal. Da Silva delivers each dog a bowl of kibble and shuts the door between the two spaces...

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Kelly L. Williams

People are more likely to adopt a shelter pet if they've spoken with someone who has already done so. On the 10th Annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day on December 5, 2019, the Shelter Pet Project asks all pet lovers to be that someone by telling their adopted pets’ stories on social media. The Shelter...

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NEW YORK—The Humane Society of the United States’ annual To the Rescue! gala will take place on Nov. 14, 2020 (pre-show at 7:30 p.m. EST, gala at 8:00 p.m. EST). “Saturday Night Live” Emmy nominated cast member Cecily Strong will host the virtual event, which will feature a special performance by...

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The Humane Society of the United States is praising Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced for signing Senate Bill 1621, which creates a new temporary licensing mechanism to allow U.S. and Canadian-licensed veterinarians to offer much-needed free spay/neuter surgeries and other veterinary procedures...

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The Humane Society of the United States is launching round six of SpayathonTM for Puerto Rico, a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter initiative aimed to alter over 85,000 dogs and cats in various communities across the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico by May of 2021. The events will take place February...

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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana—The Humane Society of the United States is honored to present a Leadership in Action award to Puerto Rico First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, for her leadership, collaboration and incredible support of Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico. The award will be presented on April 16 at the Humane...

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Animal advocates across Hawaii are celebrating the close of a successful legislative year with the passage of seven new animal protection laws. Most notably, during the first year of the 2021-2022 session, Hawaii prohibited the sale of cosmetics produced as a result of animal testing, an unnecessary...

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WASHINGTON—MOM’s Organic Market has become the most recent company to support the Humane Cosmetics Act, a piece of federal legislation to 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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