2015 Animal Protection Victories

Thanks to your support, 2015 was one of the most pivotal years for animals in recent memory.

We’ve just released the 2015 Annual Report, which highlights some of the incredible achievements we made together last year. Those included:

The end of invasive experimentation on chimpanzees in the United States. This victory was 20 years in the making working with Congress, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In 2015, USFWS classified all chimps — including captives — as protected under the Endangered Species Act, and NIH said it will no longer fund invasive chimpanzee research.
Unstoppable progress toward a cage-free future. The list of companies that you helped convince to go cage-free last year includes some of the world’s biggest egg-buyers: McDonald’s, Costco, Starbucks, Aramark, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Compass Group, among many others. Together these decisions have made a cage-free future all but certain and improved the lives of tens of millions of egg-laying hens.
Major new protections for African wildlife. The death of Cecil the Lion put a spotlight on the cruelties of trophy hunting and how this inhumane industry monetizes threatened and endangered animals. With your help, we convinced more than 40 major airlines to stop transporting trophies of the Africa “Big Five” (elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and Cape buffalo) and successfully convinced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend Endangered Species Act protections for African lions.

I hope you’re proud of the role you played in helping millions of animals last year. Your passion and support are the driving forces for a more humane world.


Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
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