Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  Feb 27, 2021

House approves COVID relief package with historic funding commitments for animal-related pandemic prevention

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Late Friday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the reconciliation package that incorporates the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. As a result of our efforts, the package includes significant funding commitments for public health surveillance, inspections, investigations and other preventative measures centering on domestic and wild animal species.

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Animals in Research, Federal Legislation  /  Feb 26, 2021

PREPARED Act would ensure safety of animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos during disasters

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The devastation wrought by the recent deep freeze in Texas is a stark reminder of the urgent need for disaster planning that includes tens of thousands of animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and other enterprises. Today, to address that need, Representatives Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., joined by more than 115 cosponsors, have reintroduced a bill to mandate preparedness planning by entities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act.

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Animals in Research  /  Feb 25, 2021

Beauty industry trade group wins Spira Award for championing end to new cosmetics animal testing

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Feb 24, 2021

'Pet' Tiger rescued from freezing San Antonio gets forever home at Black Beauty Ranch

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The freeze in Texas this month turned up a surprise for authorities in Bexar County as they scrambled to get people and pets out of harm’s way: a tiger cub wearing a harness and living as a “pet” outdoors. A neighbor had reported what sounded like a crying tiger. When they came upon Elsa—as the sheriff’s office named the cub after a character in the movie “Frozen”—she was freezing in the Arctic temperatures.

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Equines, Wildlife  /  Feb 23, 2021

Deb Haaland, President Biden’s pick for Interior Secretary, has a track record of fierce advocacy for animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Animals in Research, State Legislation  /  Feb 22, 2021

Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey among states moving rapidly to end cosmetics testing

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Cosmetics animal testing is on its way out the world over and U.S. states are rapidly moving in the direction of that trend. Just this month lawmakers in three states—Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey—have moved decisively to end the sales of cosmetics tested on animals and/or prohibit cosmetics animal testing.

Virginia lawmakers last week voted to pass legislation to ban cosmetics animal testing and sales of animal-tested cosmetics. The bill now heads to Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

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Wildlife  /  Feb 18, 2021

As fur farms prepare to breed mink, global health bodies issue warning on high coronavirus risk

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Mink fur farms have emerged as hotspots for the coronavirus, with 11 nations in Europe, Canada and the United States reporting such infections and, in some cases, transmissions from animals to human workers. The infections have resulted in millions of animals, including pups, on fur farms being culled by gassing—a particularly cruel way to kill these semi-aquatic animals who can hold their breaths for long periods.

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Pets & Cruelty, Federal Legislation  /  Feb 17, 2021

Puppy-selling pet stores like Petland have made consumers sick. HSUS/HSLF petition asks feds to require health risk warnings at outlets.

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Feb 16, 2021

Investigation finds online wildlife killing contests are thriving during pandemic

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The Humane Society of the United States has helped make significant progress in ending wildlife killing contests, in which contestants massacre large numbers of coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other wild animals for cash prizes. Seven states now ban such contests and we are working with lawmakers in other states to end them. But the pandemic has added a new, insidious dimension to this cruelty, with more and more contests being held online, where they appear to be thriving.

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Wildlife, Action Alerts  /  Feb 10, 2021

Undercover investigation lays bare extreme cruelty in Indiana and Texas wildlife killing contests. Foxes, bobcats, coyotes among animals blasted with assault rifles

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

It is a bloody scene at the Texas weigh-in of the “De Leon Pharmacy and Sporting Goods’ Varmint Hunt #1” on a cold January morning this year. Participants in this wildlife killing contest are unloading the bodies of bobcats, grey foxes, coyotes and raccoons from their trucks, which are expensively outfitted for the killing with raised decks, comfortable chairs and gun mounts. Sixty or so animals have been slaughtered over the contest’s 21-hour period, using assault rifles and other powerful weapons.

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Wildlife  /  Feb 08, 2021

At Dallas Safari Club convention, rhinos, elephants and bears are among hundreds of wild animals on offer for a thrill kill

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The annual Dallas Safari Club convention is a sickening display of the havoc American trophy hunters wreak year after year on the world’s wildlife, with their penchant for killing endangered and at-risk animals. The pandemic has forced the 2021 convention to move online this year, but that doesn’t mean it has become any less deadly.

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Equines, Farm Animals, In the News  /  Feb 02, 2021

Can Tom Vilsack be the Secretary of Agriculture we need?

Tom Vilsack’s confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Agriculture was today. If he is confirmed by the full Senate, it will mark the official launch of our 2021 animal welfare agenda with the agency he will lead for a second time. But for several months already, we’ve been advancing our priorities concerning the United States Department of Agriculture with President Biden’s transition team and members of Congress.

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