The Humane Society of The United States
The mission of The Humane Society of the United States is to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy and the promotion of respect and compassion.
Started 8 petitions
Protect Grizzly Bears from Trophy Hunting
Help protect grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is accepting public comments on a proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from grizzly bears who live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Sign our petition to keep grizzlies protected. A range of scientists have said that delisting is premature, and grizzly bears have not fully recovered in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.. The grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states is less than two percent of their pre-settlement population and occupy an insignificant proportion of their pre-settlement range. Removing federal protections from this one small, isolated population and subjecting them to trophy hunting will not advance the conservation of this species. Human-caused mortality is the single largest contributor to bear deaths. You can put a stop to this. Tell USFWS you want grizzlies to stay protected under the Endangered Species Act!
Help Protect Wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska
Help protect wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is accepting public comments on a proposed rule to end a series of cruel and egregious hunting methods and widespread predator control on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. Help protect bears, wolves, and coyotes by showing USFWS you support this proposal. At stake is an opportunity to limit or stop brown and black bear trapping, brown bear baiting, aerial gunning of bears, and the trophy hunting of black bears, wolves, and coyotes, as well as their cubs and pups, in their dens. Often times these animals are killed while nursing their young. These type of methods are unethical, unsporting, cruel, and harm not only entire populations of animals, but also entire ecosystems. Make your voice heard and tell USFWS you support this proposed rule!
Help End Trophy Hunting
Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals are killed solely to obtain “trophies”—heads, hides or pelts, and even whole animals—to stuff, skin, and hang on a wall or pose in a living room. The Safari Club International (SCI) is a disreputable trophy hunting organization responsible for encouraging, aiding and abetting much of this wholesale slaughter every year. To them, just about any animal is fair game – including lions, leopards, and elephants. In fact, the rarer the species is, the better. SCI hosts their annual convention in Las Vegas, and plans to continue to host it there at least through the year 2020. This convention is also supported with auction donations from big sponsors like Swarovski. Please sign my petition letting the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs know that you oppose trophy hunting, and that NO state, private company, or individual should be sponsoring and supporting events that promote this heinous activity! A sinister spotlight was shone on the little-exposed world of trophy hunting when Cecil the Lion was lured out of a National Park in Zimbabwe only to be killed by American dentist, Walter Palmer, a proud member of SCI. But this incident was not alone. SCI actually encourages its members to scour the globe in an effort to kill rare and imperiled animals in order to compete for dozens of awards in various categories such as the Africa Big Five. To achieve this “honor,” a hunter has to kill an African lion, an African elephant, a leopard, a rhinoceros, and a Cape buffalo. To win the highest SCI World Hunting Award, a hunter would have to kill over 300 animals of different species and some recipients have killed many more. Trophy hunting is decimating wildlife populations across the globe, including those here in the U.S. like mountain lions, bobcats, bears, and many more. SCI also gives awards to those who participate in canned hunts – where semi-tame captive bred animals are killed in fenced-in areas – as well as those who kill native species right here in the U.S. SCI even allows convicted poachers (such as Palmer) to remain in good standing as members. Given the overwhelmingly negative public opinion about this gruesome and harmful hobby, no city should host this type of event. Although Las Vegas is home to multitudes of conventions, trophy hunting is one of the few that involve unwilling participants: the animals. Adopting a zero tolerance policy against proponents of trophy hunting is increasingly recognized as a sound business move across many sectors of our mainstream economy, including major airlines, hotels, and the entertainment industry. Awareness of and opposition to the ugly truth about trophy hunting continue to grow, and the world is watching. Please join me in letting all entities, whether public or private, know that you oppose trophy hunting and they should not be supporting events that encourage this practice! We will send the petition to the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and other sponsors and enablers of trophy hunting.
Stop Animal Fighting in West Virginia
Please ask the West Virginia legislature to pass H.B. 4201 to increase animal fighting penalties. This new bill will make it illegal to bring a minor to an animal fight and to gamble on animal fights. It will also increase penalties for spectators of these horrific fights. Intentionally forcing an animal to fight, often times to the death, while spectators cheer and wager, is barbaric and has no place in our state. Federal investigations have revealed animal fights to be intricate gambling rings that often attract large crowds. Large quantities of drugs are often found at these fights. Spectators play a crucial role in animal fighting. They enable these activities by promoting them, paying admission, and betting on fights. These fights would not occur without spectators as they would be unprofitable for event organizers. We need laws to make our communities safer by setting meaningful penalties for fueling the animal fighting industry, and deterring animal fighters from seeking refuge in West Virginia. Take action now!
Burning Horses’ Feet with Chemicals
No horse should be made to suffer for a blue ribbon. "Soring" involves the intentional infliction of pain on a horse's legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an exaggerated, high-stepping gait known as the "Big Lick." Unscrupulous trainers use caustic chemicals that burn the horses' flesh, chains and heavy, stacked horseshoes to accomplish this artificial gait rewarded in show rings. The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121, would amend the Horse Protection Act to end the failed system of industry self-policing, ban the use of devices associated with the soring of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds, strengthen penalties and make other reforms necessary to finally end this torture. Please sign the petition to ask U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators to put an end to the cruel practice of horse soring and to co-sponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121.
Help Save the African Lion from Extinction
After luring an iconic African lion named Cecil out of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe with bait, a U.S. citizen shot and killed him for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must finalize the listing of the African lion as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, which would regulate the import of lion trophies and lion parts. This listing would result in far fewer lions being killed and imported by American hunters. African lion populations have plummeted by almost 50 percent over the last three decades, and American trophy hunters are largely to blame. Please sign the petition to ask Dan Ashe Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to finalize the listing of African lions under the Endangered Species Act.
Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
Legislation to crack down on puppy mills has been reintroduced in Congress. S. 395 / H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act regulations that currently allows puppy mills to sell dogs over the Internet without any oversight or standards of care. This bipartisan bill will require the following changes to the Animal Welfare Act: 1.) All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected; 2.) Dogs at commercial breeding facilities must be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day; and 3.) The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only large commercial breeding facilities. The PUPS Act is sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif. Take action today and send a message to your legislators expressing your support for the PUPS Act!
Tell Smithfield No More Gestation Crates
An HSUS undercover investigator recently documented the suffering endured by female breeding pigs held in severely restrictive gestation crates on a factory farm operated by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, in Waverly, Virginia. Gestation crates are exceptionally cruel and have been banned by the European Union, New Zealand and seven U.S. states. In 2007, Smithfield said it would phase out the use of gestation crates by 2017, yet in 2009 it said it could no longer meet its self-imposed and very lenient deadline. Many of these highly intelligent and inquisitive pigs develop pressure sores and infections from crate-related injuries and from simply lying in the same position without relief. Out of sheer boredom, they engage in repetitive behaviors — such as bar biting and head swaying — sometimes injuring themselves in the process. TAKE ACTIONPlease send C. Larry Pope, CEO of Smithfield, a message urging him to recommit to the company's original promise and stop the use of these inhumane gestation crates on Smithfield's factory farms by 2017.