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White tiger in a cage at a traveling circus

The white Bengal tiger paces back and forth, back and forth in a squat cage on the edge of the show ring. The cage is little longer than the tiger's body. The clock ticks down to the start of three scheduled performances at this fair in Pennsylvania. Potted palms and wooden masks decorate the ring...

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by Karen E. Lange
Photo collage of a roadside zoo brochure, ticket, a camera and a photograph of a girl with baby tigers.

Danielle Tepper had always loved dolphins. When she went on vacation to Hawaii, she knew she had to see them firsthand. Tepper—now senior editor at the Humane Society of the United States—wanted to do it ethically, so she avoided captive dolphin attractions. Instead, she booked an excursion to swim...

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By Brianna Grant

While Joseph Maldonado-Passage (“Joe Exotic”), Kevin “Doc” Antle and others featured in the Netflix series “Tiger King” are now household names, the Humane Society of the United States has been working for years to stop the horrific treatment of animals at these—and many other similarly cruel...

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Elsa the tiger in a cage on wheels being moved to her new home

Just as a historic freeze sent temperatures plummeting in Texas in February, overwhelming the state’s power grid, breaking pipes and leaving roads slick with ice, a strange call came into the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office near San Antonio. Someone said they heard an animal crying outside their...

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By Karen E. Lange

TEXAS—In February, a young 75-pound tiger was found in freezing temperatures, in a cage in a San Antonio yard wearing a harness and was transported to safety at her new forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison. She was named Elsa, after the character from the movie Frozen, by the authorities...

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Editor’s Notes: In response to the HSUS undercover investigation at Natural Bridge Zoo, the USDA conducted a four-day inspection and cited the roadside zoo for 31 violations (PDF) of the federal Animal Welfare Act. This includes animals going without basic necessities such as veterinary care, food...

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MURCHISON, Texas—The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, is celebrating the holiday season this year with 12 days of Facebook videos that feature some of the nearly 400 horses and donkeys living at the sanctuary. Hosted by the equine caregivers at Black Beauty from December 14 to...

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MURCHISON, Texas – A former “pet” tiger discovered in a cage where he could barely move in a Houston home last February has made great strides during his first year living at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. When he first arrived at the sanctuary, Loki had to adjust to a life in a spacious...

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MURCHISON, Texas—India and Elsa, the two young “pet” tigers found earlier this year roaming in Texas neighborhoods—India in Houston and Elsa in San Antonio—are spending their first summer living the good life at Black Beauty Ranch. The Humane Society of the United States released photos and new...

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The Humane Society of the United States presents Indiana state Rep. David Abbott, R-Rome City, with the Indiana 2020 Legislator of the Year Award for his efforts to help animals in Indiana and beyond by authoring House Bill 1200 to end the private possession of and direct contact with dangerous wild...

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In response to the recent discovery of a tiger found roaming in a Houston neighborhood, the Humane Society of the United States urged an end to the big cat pet trade. Private ownership of big cats has been a growing problem over the past decade and was cast into intense public scrutiny by the...

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TEXAS – COVID-19 is not impacting the care of nearly 800 animals representing 40 different species who live at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. The residents, who were rescued from testing laboratories, circuses, roadside menageries or saved from other dire circumstances, luckily do not know...

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An approximately 6-month-old, 60-pound tiger named Elsa is settling into her new home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. Elsa was someone’s “pet” and wearing a harness when she was rescued in freezing temperatures by Bexar County authorities. They placed her at a local wildlife...

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