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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

Cold weather can be deadly for pets. As the temperature plummets in many parts of the country, the Humane Society of the United States sees a marked increase in the number of complaints about dogs and cats who have been left outside with no food or shelter. We encourage you to contact local law...

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MUNCIE, Indiana—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Muncie Police Department in rescuing dozens of cats in an alleged severe neglect situation in Muncie, Indiana. The Indiana State Board of Health and Muncie Animal Services also provided assistance on-scene. Local authorities...

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Contents How many animals are used in experiments? Which kinds of animals are used in experiments? What kinds of experiments are animals used in? What kinds of institutions use animals in experiments? Where do laboratories get the animals they use in experiments? What is life like for animals in...

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Emergency response team on a boat with rescued cats in a crate.

Long before emergency alerts ring out, members of the Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue and Response team are ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Armed with specialized training and cutting-edge equipment, these elite professionals answer the call for help wherever animals are in...

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By Emily Hamlin Smith

Steps you can take to stop animal abuse

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Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent. How to help a pet left in a hot car Take down the...

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Contents What is animal cruelty? Why is it a concern? Why would anyone be cruel to animals? Is there any evidence of a connection between animal cruelty and human violence? What happens when authorities prosecute an animal cruelty case? Can reports be made anonymously? How many animals are victims...

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Guinea pigs are gentle, curious pets.

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On February 25, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office in rescuing more than 140 dogs in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation on a residential property in Dixie County, Florida. This week, the animals will begin to be transported to seek...

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As much of the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Marco and Hurricane Laura, the Humane Society of the United States is transporting and coordinating the transport of more than 220 dogs and cats from animal shelters in Beaumont, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi and cities in Louisiana. By transporting...

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for abandoning more than 50 cats. Of those, 18 had been shot dead. The cats were found in the southwest corner of the...

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The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However...

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Portrait of Tiny Tina the cat standing near a window in her new home

Every day, Tiny Tina gives adopter Denise Folcik a gentle nose-to-nose kiss. The little black kitten started the ritual during the long weeks she was quarantined while recovering from ringworm, when Folcik would don her special quarantine-room clothing and come in to play. Tina still does it now...

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by Kelly L. Williams

Together, we can reduce needless cruelty to animals.

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The Humane Society of the United States is responding to the needs of animals in the wake of Hurricane Sally in Escambia County, Florida. The HSUS received a request for search and rescue assistance from Escambia County as the region is experiencing historic flooding. Responders from Humane Rescue...

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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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BURNSIDE, Ky.—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Burnside Police Department in rescuing approximately 150 exotic animals in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation at a local pet store. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Special Investigation Unit...

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the ongoing cruel and thoughtless feline shootings in the Cedar Ridge area of unincorporated Tuolumne County...

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