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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
Illustration showing how right whales get entangled in the fishing lines of lobster ctraps.

Flying back and forth over Cape Cod Bay, a survey plane spotted a half dozen of the world’s rarest creatures: North Atlantic right whales. Such sightings are good news. The species hovers near extinction—by one estimate, fewer than 360 remain. Each time researchers locate a whale, they take pictures...

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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 a 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...

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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
Captive orca swimming in a tank

Twenty-three years ago, as the Humane Society of the United States launched a campaign to protect captive marine mammals, SeaWorld invited the organization to visit its Orlando theme park. Dr. Naomi Rose, the newly appointed head of the HSUS campaign, and her colleagues went to the park for a behind...

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Karen E. Lange
Bird flying with plastic bag in it's mouth

You don’t forget the images: the olive ridley sea turtle, a plastic straw lodged in his nose. The Rubenesque sea lion, neck cinched tight by a thick plastic packing strap. The Cuvier’s beaked whale, stomach split open to reveal more than 80 pounds of plastic waste—snack bags, rope, rice sacks...

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By Kelly L. Williams

Today six environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s rule that removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made its...

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WASHINGTON—Wildlife conservation organizations sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for missing its deadline to decide whether gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The deadline was set following a May 2021 petition filed by...

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Today the Humane Society of the United States released the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into a wildlife killing contest in Texas held on January 24. Texas is thought to have the largest number of wildlife killing contests of any state in the country. Investigators documented...

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Illustration of a man carrying a dead coyote among other participants of a wildlife killing contest

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. At first glance, the event held behind a restaurant in upstate New York looked like an ordinary community gathering. There were “people with strollers, families, people walking around with beers and coffee and whatnot—almost like a fair,” the Humane...

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WASHINGTON—As state wildlife agencies in Idaho and Montana work to implement laws aimed at drastically reducing wolf populations, more than 50 wildlife conservation groups today asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the...

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Today, the Humane Society of the United States released the results of three disturbing undercover investigations at wildlife killing contests in Virginia, including one this month with the largest attendance of any killing contest east of the Mississippi River. More than 60 killing contests that...

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives just passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263) by a vote of 278 to 134. The bill would prohibit keeping tigers, lions and other big cat species as pets, and ban direct public contact like cub petting. Sponsored and championed by Rep. Michael Quigley...

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Conservation groups announced today a $16,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the illegal shooting death of a two-year-old collared female wolf in Wallowa County in early Jan. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Turn in Poachers division also offers a potential...

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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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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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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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Undercover video footage from a recent visit by the Humane Society of the United States at Bill Meadows’ Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma, led to a U.S. Department of Agriculture citation for causing animals trauma and stress. The inspection report was made public last week. In March 2021 an HSUS...

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TEXAS—In May 2021, the headline-making search for a missing pet tiger named India was underway in Houston. Once he was found by authorities, the nine-month-old, 134-pound cub was transported to his forever home at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. This month marks India’s one year anniversary...

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