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Special Report on Zoo Reform

The Humane Society of the United States has taken the lead for the past 3 1/2 years in reforming American zoos. HSUS has awakened Americans to the fact that wild animals have been caged inhumanely for many decades in the nation's zoos and that major and drastic actions are necessary to correct these problems. While HSUS has continued to insist that no wild animal should be exploited simply to create an attraction or exhibit, such is not the state of the world as it exists today. Consequently, HSUS is determined to do everything in its power to alleviate the suffering of wild animals now in confinement.

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Special Report on the Cruelties Involved in Wild Animal Trapping

Great numbers of Americans who buy and wear the furs of wild animals are unaware of the enormous cruelty and suffering that goes into producing them.

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Special Report on Abuses in the Pet Industry

The pet industry is creating maximum danger for animals and minimal satisfaction for customers. The problem is not just the pet shop but the entire system that has been developed to supply it. None of.the major dog breeding states has laws governing breeding operations. There are even fewer laws governing pet shops.

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Special Report on Trapping

The steel jaw trap is one of the cruelest devices invented by man. It can be hidden under grass along a well-trodden animal path, under water, or among the leaves of a tree. When triggered by an animal's weight, the heavy steel jaws spring shut over a paw or a leg with such force that bones are sometimes broken. Some leghold traps contain sharp steel teeth that pierce all the way through flesh and muscles.

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Special Report on Rodeo

As a national humane organization of prominence, The Humane Society of the United States felt compelled to launch an objective study of its own to gather facts about rodeo and the possible abuses to the animals involved during performances and behind the scenes. The president and board of H.S.U.S. felt that the facts should be gathered, as unprejudicially as possible, so the truth could have an unveiling and the public be informed of the realities of rodeo.

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Special Report on Teaching Children to Be Kind

While recognizing the need to continue alleviating suffering wherever it exists, The Humane Society has taken the offensive to teach children and youth the appropriateness and value of kindness and respect for all living creatures. HSUS's experience has demonstrated that attitudes of adults are extremely difficult to change. It is the children and youth of the nation that offer the greatest potential for having positive, unprejudiced attitudes. And it is here that HSUS has chosen to direct a large part of its efforts and resources.

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Special Report on the Use of Animals in School Science Projects

When 28 students are rewarded in national competition for projects that caused pain to animals, it is clear that humanitarians still have a great deal of work ahead of them.

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Special Report on Rodeos

A calf roped and busted even once suffers injury from the scientific point of view. HSUS investigators observed visible injuries to as many as 11-12% of the animals in some steer busting events. HSUS is determined to put an end to all cruelty at rodeos.

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Special Report on Zoos

In many ways, The Humane Society has become the Ralph Nader of the zoo world, spurring into action the individuals or municipalities who own zoos, the staffs who operate them, the taxpayers who are in the end responsible for their existence, and the federal officials who are now required to ensure that they meet certain standards.

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Special Report on Hunting

The Humane Society contends that the use of amateur hunters to reduce an overabundant deer herd does not conform with the principles of sound wildlife management. The Humane Society is strongly opposed to any method of culling herds of deer that does not deliver an instant and reasonably merciful death.

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» Updated as of 05/26/20.