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Rescuing Dartmoor Ponies

Cathy Kangas | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Visitors to Devon in Southwest England are captivated by the beauty of the Dartmoor pony, a breed that has survived on the moors since the Middle Ages. The ponies have gone from carrying tin from the mines to becoming a major tourist attraction. However, these beautiful, hardy ponies are now in danger of extinction.

Saving the Canadian Polar Bear

Cathy Kangas | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

As if it isn't bad enough that the Canadian seal hunt is the largest slaughter of marine animals in the world, now Canada is the only country still allowing polar bears to be hunted for their skins and body parts.

Ebola and Animals -- at Home and West Africa

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As the public health community seeks to halt Ebola's spread, we are continuing to look for ways to support the work of animal protection in the affected areas.

Another Rescue in Tennessee: 50 Dogs Freed From Suspected Dogfighting Operation

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.22.2014 | Crime
Wayne Pacelle

Our team ultimately found 50 dogs on the property - most chained to posts driven into the ground, with nothing more than a modified plastic barrel for shelter.

From Killer Looks to No-Kill to Nabbing a Kitten Killer: The Barbi Twins Connect the Dots to Save Animals

Joan K. Smith | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

What do stray cats and the ocean have to do with each other? Quite a bit in the current work of Shane and Sia Barbi, better known as the Barbi Twin...

The Plight of the Manatee

Cathy Kangas | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

I have a home in Florida and love that the state is a virtual animal kingdom with so many diverse species on land, sea and sky. One of my favorite ma...

The Canadian Seal Slaughter - Again

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Photo Credit: Frank Loftus Humane Society of the United States I am absolutely shocked that the Canadian commercial seal hunt, the largest slaughter...

Mike Gatto's AB 2343 Betrays Dogs, Cats & The People Who Love Them

Nathan J. Winograd | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Nathan J. Winograd

If California Assembly Member Mike Gatto has his way, cats who enter shelters without identification will be immediately taken from their families and given to for-profit companies, including potentially, companies who sell animals to research labs.

Spring Forward -- for Wildlife

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As the air and soil warm, animals also get more active, bringing life with a new season. At our wildlife care centers, that means babies, and lots of them.

Olympian Hero Brings Home More Than a Medal

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.14.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Humane Society International's Masha Kalinina, Gus Kenworthy and Robin Macdonald with two of the rescued puppies. View more photos here. Photo by Chr...

Fighting for All Animals, Everywhere

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

There will always be politicians sadly in the pocket of these interests and who use their office as a lever to attack us, or to amplify the voices of the status quo in these industries. But let them all remember that we meet these attacks with even more fierce determination to tackle the problems and the misery they've caused.

The Tweet Heard 'Round the World

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

We've talked about the lives of privation and misery that animals on factory farms endure, and also about defending Missouri's anti-puppy mill ballot measure from attacks in the Legislature, and about blocking ag-gag bills that try to silence our undercover investigations.

The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

It's been illegal under federal law for more than 40 years to intentionally injure the hooves and legs of horses to cause them to exaggerate their gait during horse shows. It's called horse "soring," and it involves the infliction of torment upon horses as a way to get a leg up and win ribbons at competitive showing events.

Give a Hoot About Wildlife

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

While it's difficult to mitigate the effects of human activities for surprising visitors from the north who are unaware of the hazards of populated, temperate climates, we can be more much conscious of our behavior toward more familiar and common wildlife in our communities.

Dear Egg Industry: Free Your Mind and Get on Board With Upcoming Law

Maisie Ganzler | Posted 04.06.2014 | Home
Maisie Ganzler

Here's what I have to say to egg-producers who want to keep battery cages in use -- get over it. Stop blocking what the public wants. Cage-free compliance is not only the right thing to do, but it's good for business, too. I know this firsthand.

The Cruelty of Trophy Hunting

Cathy Kangas | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

We need to educate Americans that the heads of these beautiful animals don't belong on the wall of someone's trophy room in Dallas.

Bill Would Effectively Ban Horse Slaughterhouses

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State and federal lawsuits that have repeatedly delayed the opening of horse slaughterhouses in New Mexico and Missouri cou...

From Laboratory to Sanctuary, CHIMP Act Funding Paves the Way

Kathleen M. Conlee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Kathleen M. Conlee

Chimpanzees have languished in laboratories for decades, sometimes subjected to painful experimentation and often warehoused in barren cages. But now the fate of these remarkable and highly intelligent beings has taken a monumental turn for the better.

End Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses

Cathy Kangas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Tennessee Walking performance show horses are prized for their high-stepping gait. But at what cost?

Should Animal Abusers Register Like Sex Offenders?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

An animal rights group is creating a nationwide database of animal abusers after a decade of asking states governments to do so. But not all animal we...

Protecting Circus Elephants

Cathy Kangas | Posted 12.28.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

What message are we sending to our children if we take them to a circus featuring live wild animals? Observing tigers jumping through flaming hoops or watching elephants balancing on balls sends the wrong message as this is not behavior we would find in the wild.

Tackling the Commercial Dog Meat Trade

Cathy Kangas | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Culture and tradition at one time played a role in the consumption of these animals, but today it has little to do with it. The dog meat trade is a profit-driven, commercialized industry, with cruelty and public health concerns at its core.

Which Chimp Artist Painted It Better?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 08.29.2013 | Arts

Cheetah, a former medical test subject, and Brent, "a 36-year-old who paints only with his tongue," are the winners! Of the great chimpanzee painting ...

Big Week in Congress for Animals

Cathy Kangas | Posted 08.18.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Legislation is absolutely vital for bringing about change in the way we treat animals and protecting our food supply. It is critical that you call this week and lend your support to this important effort.

Animals in the Federal Budget

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.16.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

The American people are behind these campaigns. More than 62 percent of all Americans have pets. We love our animals. Our taxes should go to protecting them.