Wildlife  /  Oct 12, 2021

American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Giraffes, with their iconic long necks and unmistakable, beautifully patterned coats, are facing extinction. There are currently fewer than 69,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild today. And the threats of habitat loss and illegal hunting for bushmeat are only exacerbated by demand for giraffe trophies and other products traded internationally.

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Wildlife, In the News  /  Oct 11, 2021

US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Oct 08, 2021

Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife  /  Oct 04, 2021

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane.

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  Oct 01, 2021

Strong bipartisan House reintroduction of PAST Act brings relief of chronically abused horses one step closer

The winning trainer/rider of the World Grand Championship class at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, John Allen Callaway, recently served a federal disqualification for the “soring” of horses—a distinction also shared by his brother Bill and at least three other riders in the seven horse class. Together, they are the poster children for the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 5441, reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today with almost half the U.S. House of Representatives already onboard.

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Animals in Research, Equines, Pets & Cruelty, Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Sep 30, 2021

The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife  /  Sep 29, 2021

Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered coves—safe from sharks and other ocean dangers. Because dolphins must be conscious in order to breathe, in these coves they still swim and breathe slowly while doing their version of “napping.”

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Elections  /  Sep 28, 2021

It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s why your vote matters for animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News, Issue Areas  /  Sep 24, 2021

House takes a bite out of live wildlife markets, wildlife trade with amendments to National Defense Authorization Act

This nation cannot move fast enough to reduce the pandemic threats associated with live wildlife markets and the trade in live wildlife. That’s why we’re delighted that the House voted late yesterday in a winning bipartisan vote of 362-59 to include key elements of the Preventing Future Pandemics Act (H.R. 151) within its annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) package, which ultimately passed 316-113.

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Wildlife  /  Sep 22, 2021

Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Pets & Cruelty  /  Sep 20, 2021

‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

By selling puppy mill dogs, some pet stores are spreading severe diseases that are dangerous to the public. We’ve been saying this for years. And now a new scientific investigation published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network reinforces this fact. The pet industry is actively avoiding taking responsibility for this threat.

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Animals in Research  /  Sep 16, 2021

Breaking: European Parliament votes to phase out animal testing and research

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that calls on the European Commission to draw-up an action plan to phase out animal experiments. This is a momentous political victory in a region where recent setbacks have occurred for animals in laboratories.

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