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Sale of Giraffe Parts Is a Booming US Business

Humane Society looks into the trade, which is fully legal

(Newser) - It's been dubbed a " silent extinction ." The global giraffe population is estimated to have fallen by a third from 1985 to 2016, largely as a result of habitat loss and poaching. But Americans' desire for giraffe parts—skulls, hides, whole feet—isn’t helping, per a Humane... More »

Counting Cats Just Became a Full-Time Job in DC

$1.5M project aims for better management of cat population

(Newser) - A $1.5 million project launched in Washington, DC, has one main goal: count all the cats. DC Cat Count , a collaboration by the Humane Society, Humane Rescue Alliance, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and PetSmart Charities, aims to create an accurate estimate of the entire cat population, including pet cats,... More »

Sex Harassment Allegations Take Down This CEO

Wayne Pacelle resigned post he has held since 2004 on Friday

(Newser) - During a seven-hour conference call on Thursday, the Humane Society's 31-person board voted to keep CEO Wayne Pacelle despite the sexual harassment allegations against him, losing seven board members in the process. One day later, they lost Pacelle, too. The New York Times reports that as donors and employees... More »

After Vote on CEO, 7 Humane Society Board Members Quit

Wayne Pacelle is accused of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - After the 31-person board of the Humane Society of the United States met Thursday to address sexual harassment allegations against CEO Wayne Pacelle, Pacelle still had his job—but the board only had 24 members left. Seven board members, including author Suzy Welch, stepped down immediately after the board voted... More »

Sex Misconduct Claims Hit Humane Society Higher-Ups

Including CEO Wayne Pacelle and ex-VP Paul Shapiro

(Newser) - "You believe these guys are the heroes," a former Humane Society employee says, that "they're going to be compassionate because they're speaking up for animals and you trust them." That trust was allegedly broken by at least two high-level animal-rights activists, including CEO Wayne... More »

Serial Killer of Animals on the Loose in Canada

Culprit uses scalpel, leaves bodies in public places

(Newser) - "It's impossible to forget what we've seen," says the director of a Humane Society in London, Ontario, where officials say a serial animal killer is on the loose. Over the past year, 17 dead animals have been found around the Canadian city. It started with skinned... More »

Sink-Loving Kitten Suspected of Flooding Animal Shelter

Florida Humane Society sustains at least $5,000 in damage

(Newser) - A 6-month-old kitten is suspected of causing at least $5,000 in damage at a Florida animal shelter, the Miami Herald reports. According to WPLG , staff at the Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach discovered their facility was seriously flooded last Thursday morning. They initially thought a pipe had burst... More »

'Zombie Cat' May Go Up for Adoption

Humane Society says it won't give 'Bart' back to owner

(Newser) - Bart the "zombie cat" might be getting a new home. The Humane Society of Tampa says it won't return the cat to its owner after learning new information about Bart's "home environment" and how he came to be buried. Among other things, it appears that the... More »

Buried Cat Returned to Owner—Alive

Owner Ellis Hutson is utterly floored

(Newser) - Florida resident Ellis Hutson grieved when a car ran over his cat. He was simply stunned when his cat, since buried, clawed its way out and refused to die, ABC News reports. "I was so shocked," says the 52-year-old landscaper. "I didn’t know really what to... More »

Foodies Rejoice: Foie Gras Back on Calif. Menus

Judge overturns state law banning the delicacy

(Newser) - California foodies craving fattened duck liver can now chow down. Yesterday, a judge overturned a state law banning the sale of foie gras, noting it interferes with a federal law regulating poultry products. The ban, in place since 2012 , had been hailed a victory for animal rights activists as ducks... More »

'Piglet Smoothie' Keeps Hogs Virus-Free

Humane Society exposes icky practice at Kentucky farm

(Newser) - This is about as unappetizing a meal as you could get. The Humane Society has exposed a method of dealing with the fast-spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) that's killed more than 2 million piglets since April: Grind up the intestines of piglets that succumbed to it, and feed... More »

Running of the Bulls Coming to US

Organizers say it will be safer, but the Humane Society is not happy

(Newser) - Americans will no longer have to travel to Spain to get trampled on by hordes of running bulls. The Great Bull Run, a new US-based event, will allow thrillseekers to experience Pamplona's favorite pastime stateside, reports the AP . The first run will be held near Richmond, Virginia, on August... More »

Idaho Mystery: Dogs Are Vanishing

Almost 40 missing since November, with one possibly used in ritual killing

(Newser) - It's not safe to be man's best friend right now in southern Idaho. Nearly 40 dogs have disappeared since November, KPVI reports, and authorities fear they're meeting grisly fates. "The dogs seem to vanish into thin air," animal shelter director Debbie Blackwood tells Reuters . The... More »

4 Wolves Killed First Wisconsin Hunting Day

State aiming for 116, animal lovers headed for court

(Newser) - At least two male and two female adult wolves were shot dead in the first 24 hours of Wisconsin's first wolf hunt in decades. The controversial hunt is scheduled to run through February, but the state might end it sooner if hunters hit the limit of 116 wolves. Some... More »

$158K Dog Wedding Sets New Record

'Puptials' raise cash for Humane Society

(Newser) - A new world record was set and plenty of cash was raised for the Humane Society of New York at a high-society canine wedding last night. The bride was a Coton de Tuléar named Baby Hope Diamond and the groom was a formerly stray poodle called Chilly Pasternak. A... More »

Video Alleges Abuse at Pig Farm

Humane Society footage prompts investigation in Wyoming

(Newser) - Wyoming officials are investigating alleged animal abuse at a pig farm after a secret video of conditions there was released. In the footage, workers are seen punching, kicking, and jumping on pigs and tossing piglets, reports CBS in Denver . Other pigs have untreated abscesses, notes the Huffington Post . The footage... More »

'Fetid' Egg Exposé: It's Time for Real Farm Standards

Nicholas Kristof reflects on an undercover investigation of Kreider Farms

(Newser) - It's not a good news day for consumers of chicken or their eggs: Nicholas Kristof digs into findings out today, courtesy of the Humane Society, spawned from yet another undercover investigation into factory farms. The target of this one: Kreider Farms, which pumps out 4.5 million eggs daily.... More »

Medical Chimp-Testing May Be Over

Congress reviewing bill to ban all ape testing

(Newser) - Chimpanzees: valuable test subjects, or caged relatives who deserve better treatment? With a ban on all ape-testing now in Congress, the controversial practice dating back to the 1920s may soon be over, the New York Times reports. “Now is the time to get these chimps out of invasive research... More »

McRib Pigs' Conditions Appalling: Humane Society

Supplier misleading about animals' condition, group says

(Newser) - Your much-hyped McRib sandwich may have a dark past. The Humane Society has filed a complaint with the feds that McDonald’s pork supplier, Smithfield Foods, has misled consumers regarding how it treats its animals. Smithfield, which has won a “supplier sustainability” award from the restaurant chain, calls its... More »

Drug Could Someday Replace Spaying for Dogs

Arizona scientist working on alternative Chemspay

(Newser) - An Arizona scientist hopes to make the surgical spaying of dogs a thing of the past. The Arizona Republic takes note of the drug Chemspay, which shows promise as a cheaper (and less painful way) of sterilizing female dogs. It evolved out of menopause studies on mice by Dr. Loretta... More »

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