The Humane Society of the United States

Alaska's Wolf Pups and Hibernating Bears Are Fair Game for Hunters in Trump's America

The U.S. Senate overturned a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that stopped a set of appalling and unsporting hunting methods on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

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Horrific Treatment of Hens at New England’s Largest Egg Producer Revealed by Undercover Investigation

An undercover investigation by The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England’s largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, including Massachusetts, where volunteers are just finishing gathering signatures to place a measure on November’s ballot. The measure would establish a commonsense retail standard for the sale of eggs and other animal products, disallowing the sale within Massachusetts of products resulting from extreme methods of farm animal confinement.

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Bobcat Trapping and Hunting Are Blocked in New Hampshire, While a Grizzly Battle Looms in the Northern Rockies

Bowing to an enormous outpouring of public concern and outrage, combined with compelling arguments that made its original plan vulnerable to a legal challenge, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted on April 13 to withdraw a proposal to initiate a bobcat hunting, hounding, and trapping season. It is a stunning turnaround for bobcats—protected in the state since 1989—and it prevents, at least for the foreseeable future, the killing of these gorgeous animals for their pelts and heads. Our New Hampshire state director, Lindsay Hamrick, was a leader in the fight and rallied thousands of New Hampshire citizens to object to the plan.

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Canada Bleeding Millions on Cruel Seal Hunt (VIDEO)

In my forthcoming book, The Humane Economy, I explore the many ways that businesses and governments can do better for themselves and for the rest of us if they embrace animal welfare as a core concern. What has become apparent in recent decades is that industries that compromise animal welfare can cost society many times the revenues they generate, often in the form of externalities that taxpayers, property owners, and others must contend with.

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Trader Joe's Commits to Cage-Free Eggs

Trader Joe’s—one of the nation’s largest grocers with nearly 500 locations—confirmed that it’s switching 100 percent of the eggs on its shelves to cage-free. Its locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington will be exclusively cage-free by 2020 (about half its total stores) and all its locations nationally will be cage-free by 2025. The company has indicated that it may accelerate the timeline, and we surely hope it does.

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SeaWorld Is on Notice: Captive Orcas and Dolphins to Get New Federal Protections

On January 29, after a two-decade wait, we celebrated the release of a proposed federal rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve standards for the handling, care, and housing of captive marine mammals, mainly at aquariums and marine parks. It is an important animal welfare step, at a time when the nation is questioning more than ever if cetaceans should be put on display at all in captive environments at for-profit ventures.>

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Worst in Show: The Dark Truth Behind the Westminster Dog Show

Every year, breeders and trainers gather in New York for the Westminster Dog Show to celebrate the beauty and grace of purebred dogs. It's a delightful event for any dog lover. But investigations have repeatedly shown that one of the major players at Westminster is not what the public imagines it to be.

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Slaying of Cecil the Lion Haunts Safari Club as Group Gathers in Vegas

For years, the trophy-hunting crowd has treated the world as its playground. They’ve viewed rare creatures as collectibles, assuming that lavish spending on guides, outfitters, and foreign governments entitled them to do as they please in shooting up wildlife.

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One of America's Largest Restaurant Chains Just Committed to Go Cage-Free

On January 27, Bob Evans — one of the country’s largest family dining chains based in Ohio, with more than 500 restaurants in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast — announced it will go 100 percent cage-free for the more than 100 million eggs it uses annually.

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After Cecil Outrage, U.S. Provides Endangered Species Act Protections for African Lions

In a move sure to be jarring to the worldwide trophy hunting industry, and that could gut South Africa’s canned hunting industry, the United States signaled that it will classify the African lion as threatened or endangered across its entire range in Africa. This action comes four and a half years after several organizations, including The HSUS, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Born Free, petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list the African lion as endangered – long before Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer came to personify the threat that globe-trotting trophy hunters pose to the animals.

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