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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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INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law prohibiting direct public contact with big cats and bears goes into effect on July 1. Implementation of this law brings much needed protection for some of the animals who have been subjected to public handling and forced to live in abysmal facilities in the state...

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NEW YORK—Today, the New York State Senate approved S.1130, to shut down the puppy mill pipeline and end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. Sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), the bill is supported by leading animal welfare...

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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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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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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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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 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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By Brianna Grant
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

Roadside zoo staff encouraged visitors to remove masks during animal encounters, despite COVID-19 risk to otters The HSUS went undercover at the same facility in 2014 and documented abuse of tiger cubs used for public handling Undercover footage taken at Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Okla. shows a...

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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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Rescued chimpanzees at the waters edge eating fresh vegetables
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By Brianna Grant
Woman applying makeup

Beauty products should do more than just help you look good—they should help you feel good, too. That comes from knowing your products and their ingredients haven’t been tested on animals. It’s never been easier to find animal-friendly products, with more than 600 cruelty-free cosmetics companies in...

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Tracy L. Scott
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
white rabbit with makeup illustrations

In the late 1960s, a shy teenager in Georgia read an article in her local newspaper about animals being used in laboratory testing. She was outraged. She imagined the agony these animals must have endured and was moved to write a letter to the paper. “I remember it was sort of a rebuttal to what had...

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By Michael Sharp