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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

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—A lawsuit filed today in federal District Court in Alaska charges the Interior Department and National Park Service with violating multiple laws when adopting a rule that would open up national preserves in Alaska to hunting practices like baiting brown bears and killing wolves...

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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

The Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards and now the Oscars have made history this year by featuring plant-based-only menus. It seems only natural that LA’s young philanthropists would throw themselves into the movement by learning how to prepare plant-based...

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

WARNING: Content may be upsetting to readers. 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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By James Hettinger
Japanese whaling ship catches a whale in the Southern Ocean.

Biologist Roger Payne heard about the stranded porpoise one night in 1964, while listening to a local radio station as he worked in a lab at Tufts University. Wanting to see for himself, he drove to nearby Revere Beach, north of Boston, and found the animal’s body. The porpoise had been mutilated...

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by Karen Lange

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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A federal judge ruled yesterday that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s authorization and management of the American lobster fishery violates the federal Endangered Species Act. The court held that the agency failed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and that its...

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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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WASHINGTON – Today the Humane Society of the United States released its first Food Industry Scorecard, a year-long audit that examined nearly 100 of the nation’s largest food companies’ progress toward reducing animal suffering in their supply chains. The report includes a company ranking and...

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As a result of a successful lawsuit by several environmental and animal organizations, a federal judge today ordered federal fishery managers to issue a new rule for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales no later than May 31, 2021. The Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law...

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With the $4.5 billion plant-based foods market embracing meat eaters, flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans alike, the landscape is expanding even further to include delicious plant-based snack items and meals at sporting events, concerts, conventions and art museums. Two national organizations are...

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WASHINGTON—Conservation groups filed a rulemaking petition today seeking additional ship-speed limits along the Atlantic coast to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. In June a baby right whale was found dead off the coast of New Jersey, with propeller wounds across his head...

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The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for finalizing a rule prohibiting cruel hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska. Effective 30 days from publication, state officials and trophy hunters on National...

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Whales are awe-inspiring giants of the sea.

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WASHINGTON - The Humane Society of the United States released today the results of a disturbing undercover investigation into two wildlife killing contests in Frederick County and in Waldorf, Maryland. Investigators documented the judging portions of the events, with participants lining up rows of...

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