Humane Society International

Spanish Matador Dies After Being Gored In Chest By Bull During Fight

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK

A matador has died after being gored in the chest by a bull, becoming the second Spanish bullfighter to die in the bullring in the past year. Ivan Fan...

Japan Kills More Than 300 Whales In Contentious Annual Hunt

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK

A Japanese whaling fleet has returned to port after killing more than 300 minke whales in its annual Antarctic hunt. The fleet set sail for the South...

Trophy Hunters To Bid $5 Million To Kill Nearly 1,000 Animals In 'Pay To Slay' Auction

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK

Hunters are bidding for the chance to kill nearly 1,000 animals in a “play to slay” fundraising auction being held this week by one of the world...

Dogs Destined For The Dinner Plate Could Soon Be Cancer Sniffing Saviours

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK

Dogs destined for the dinner plate could soon be saving lives by sniffing out cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The eight rescues to arrive...

Whale Poo Takes Stage At International Whaling Commission Big Birthday

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Which august international body celebrated its 70th birthday by paying special attention to faecal plumes? And what, you might ask, are these plumes? ...

Pressure Mounts To Free 'World's Saddest Polar Bear' As A Million People Back Campaign

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK

Pressure is mounting on Chinese authorities to release the “world’s saddest polar bear” from a shopping mall as more than one million people bac...

Missing Dog Who 'Melted Everyone's Hearts' Might Have Been Snatched By Meat Thieves

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

Animal welfare campaigners are concerned that missing street dog Gobi, who became famous after accompanying runner Dion Leonard in a 155-mile race acr...

Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From Being 'Beaten To Death And Eaten' At Yulin

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

Dozens of dogs and cats have been rescued from a Chinese slaughterhouse just days ahead of the widely-condemned Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The 34 dogs, ...

China, Cosmetic Animal Testing and Cruelty-Free: Untangling the Web

Troy Seidle | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Troy Seidle

The world is at a tipping point--closer than ever before to ending the misery of animals used in toxicity tests for cosmetics and their ingredients. After years of pressure from animal protection groups, caring consumers and ethical retailers across the globe, cosmetics cruelty has been fully or partially banned by law in 33 countries, home to 1.7 billion consumers, with at least 10 more countries lining up to do the same.

Canadian Seal Hunt Footage Released By Animal Activists

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK

Warning: Graphic content Animal welfare campaigners have released footage of the "horrific cruelty" seals are subjected to during Canada's controversi...

These 8 Huge National Wildlife Crime Unit Successes Show Exactly Why We Need It

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

The UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit was granted another four years of funding on Tuesday following mounting pressure from animal protection charitie...

'Extreme Suffering' Uncovered On China's Rabbit Fur Farms

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Shaking with fear, living in tiny, dirty cages and destined for a brutal death. This is the reality of tens of thousands o...

What? Japan Has Decided to Resume Whaling in Antarctica

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Today Japan's whaling boats have taken to the high seas of the Southern Ocean to resume their kill of Antarctic minke whales after a pause of only one year.

Why Whales Are Not Monsters

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Together with 11 other conservation and welfare organisations, HSI recently launched a petition urging the UK government to do just this. If you care about the whales and you are a UK citizen or live in the UK, please sign and share the petition to get your voice heard.

Animal Rights Groups Are One Step Closer To Ending 'Barbaric' Bullfighting

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK

Animal rights campaigners are rejoicing after the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to end EU subsidies for farmers who raise bulls to fight in a...

Bred to Die, the Real Tragedy of the Lion at Odense Zoo

Claire Bass | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK
Claire Bass

This was a perfectly healthy young lion, killed at nine months of age not because she was sick or injured, but simply because nobody wanted her. Just like Marius the giraffe shot with a bolt to the head at Copenhagen Zoo last year, she is one of an estimated 5,000 animals bred in captivity each year in European zoos but killed because they are considered surplus to requirements, genetically undesirable for the zoo's breeding programme.

Lion Dissected In Front Of Children In 'Macabre Spectacle' At Demark's Odense Zoo

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES A lion cub was dissected at a Danish zoo in front of horrified children on Thursday. The “macabre spectacle” sparked in...

Watch The Heartwarming Moment 103 Dogs Are Rescued From South Korean Meat Farm

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

More than 100 “terrified” dogs and puppies trapped in filthy wire cages, waiting to be killed for human consumption, have been rescued from a farm...

Half A Million Animals Saved As Religious Sacrifice At Festival Is Banned

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

Nepal's Gadhimai Festival, which is the world's largest animal sacrifice and claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of buffalo, goats and birds, wi...

Ricky Gervais Hails New Camera Technology Which Gives 'Fighting Chance' To Endangered Species

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British s...

Should We Make a Deal With Japan Over Whaling?

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

On at least two occasions since the moratorium on commercial whaling was agreed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), member nations have circled around the idea of coming to some form of compromise between the pro-whaling and the pro-whale sides. These attempts at compromise have failed and the moratorium remains in place, but there are indications that another deal is in the offing. This is an unfortunate development.

Exposing China's Yulin Dog Meat 'Festival' Cruelty

Dr Peter Li | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Dr Peter Li

I have visited many dog and cat slaughterhouses in Yulin and I have seen for myself the look of terror on the faces of the animals. There is no doubt in my mind that they know they are next. It is an utterly traumatizing and brutal death...

Ricky Gervais Is Really Angry About China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is backing an animal rights campaign to shut down China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The actor and comedian is urging people to get b...

Taiwan Joins the #BeCrueltyFree Movement With Bill to Ban Cosmetics Animal Testing

Troy Seidle | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Troy Seidle

It's clear to see that our #BeCrueltyFree campaign is a powerful force to be reckoned with on behalf of animals in laboratories. I hope that we will soon be able to add a Taiwanese ban on cosmetics cruelty to that list!

Nearly Three Million Dead Whales Raise Questions

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Counting whale corpses matters! It not only shows how devastating whaling has been but as the latest revelations show, it also underpins one of the key arguments against any resumption of commercial whaling in the future - which is that whaling must be subject to independent scrutiny...