Wildlife, In the News  /  Jan 27, 2021

Utah allegedly didn’t disclose mink fur farm worker’s death due to COVID. Sweden suspends mink farming

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

One more nation, Sweden, announced today that it will suspend all mink fur farming this year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its mutations.

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Farm Animals  /  Jan 25, 2021

Biden administration withdraws Trump-era plan for higher line speeds at chicken slaughterhouses

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The Biden administration has withdrawn a deplorable pending rule that would have allowed qualifying chicken slaughter plants in the United States to permanently dial up line speeds from an already inhumane and lightning-fast 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute.

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Animals in Research, Equines, Farm Animals, Pets & Cruelty, Wildlife, Elections, Federal Legislation  /  Jan 20, 2021

Our 100-day plan for animal protection under the Biden-Harris administration

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  Jan 19, 2021

Federal court orders Jeff Lowe to surrender all cubs, mothers

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A U.S. District Court has ordered Jeff Lowe, a notorious big cat exhibitor who took over the running of Joe Exotic’s zoo, GW Exotics, to surrender all big cat cubs and their mothers in his possession over allegations of mistreatment.

The preliminary injunction in the Department of Justice case for recurring inhumane treatment and improper handling of animals protected by the Endangered Species Act was based on shocking findings by the U.S Department of Agriculture at Lowe’s facility in Oklahoma.

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Elections  /  Jan 15, 2021

Huge wins for animals in federal elections

In the aftermath of the terrible events of January 6, we should not underestimate the great damage done to our nation and the urgent need for healing that lies ahead. One of the most important pathways to social and political revival will be an even stronger commitment to a healthy and democratic process and governance. We can no longer take for granted the institutions that have made us proud to be Americans. We must make still greater personal and professional investments to strengthen them.

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Wildlife  /  Jan 14, 2021

HSUS, allies sue Trump administration for delisting wolves

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Animals in Research  /  Jan 14, 2021

37 chimpanzees once used for research are still locked up in a lab. We are suing the NIH to release them to sanctuary.

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Thirty-seven chimpanzees languishing at a New Mexico primate laboratory are still waiting for the National Institutes of Health to fulfil a promise it made in 2015—to retire them to sanctuary after a lifetime spent in research.

Today, we’re giving these animals a helping hand by suing the federal agency, which has shamelessly reneged on this promise.

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Wildlife, In the News  /  Jan 12, 2021

Gorillas at zoo in San Diego test positive for coronavirus

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first known cases of its transmission to non-human primates. The animals are believed to have contracted the virus from an asymptomatic zookeeper.

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Elections  /  Jan 12, 2021

Landslide wins for HSLF candidates at the state and local levels

As our wounded nation seeks to transcend the events of January 6, we’re turning our attention to the important work of helping animals, confident that the things we do, as engaged citizens and advocates for animals, are good for the democratic institutions of government. The actions we take in relation to public policy for animals contribute to the vitality and health of American politics, providing, among other things, an area of concern—animal welfare—that attracts people of all political persuasions.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jan 11, 2021

House members reintroduce bill to ban cub petting, keeping big cats as pets

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A bill that would prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards and ban the possession of these animals as pets was swiftly reintroduced in the U.S. House today, suggesting that the measure is poised for early action in Congress.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jan 08, 2021

In its final days, Trump administration launches lame-duck attack on migratory birds

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The Trump administration, in its final days, is attempting to undo crucial, century-old protections for migratory birds as a handout to the construction and oil and gas industries.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jan 04, 2021

As pandemic continues and spotlight shines on animal-human transmission, House members reintroduce bill to end U.S. trade in wild animals for food and other products

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update (1/25/2021): A Senate version of the Preventing Future Pandemics Act was introduced today by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The House version, introduced earlier this month, now has 50 cosponsors.

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