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December 28, 2012

HSI: 2012 Accomplishments and 2013 Plans

Humane Society International

Thanks to your support, HSI is proud to have helped achieve the following victories for animals in 2012, with plans to continue our lifesaving work in 2013:

Animals in laboratories


  • HSI achieved the largest-ever reduction in animal test requirements through our work to revise Europe’s pesticide regulations, earning us the inaugural LUSH Prize for campaigning.
  • HSI helped convince Air Canada to revise its cargo policy to refuse shipments of non-human primates destined for lab experiments.
  • HSI was instrumental in preserving Europe’s 2013 ban on selling animal-tested cosmetics.
  • HSI and The HSUS launched Be Cruelty-Free—a global campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals once and for all.

Plans for 2013

  • Expanding HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free cosmetics campaign to even more countries in order to stamp out cosmetics animal cruelty forever.
  • Extending the precedents HSI achieved through the revision of Europe’s pesticide laws to North and South America and Asia to ensure that no animal is forced to suffer and die just to satisfy an outdated testing requirement.
  • Expanding HSI’s scientific work to shine a light on failing animal research and shift funding toward modern non-animal approaches.

Farm animals


  • The Animal Welfare Board of India stated that battery cage confinement violates India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act; eight states and one independent territory subsequently support this interpretation.
  • HSI helped stop the construction of a massive foie gras production facility in China.
  • More than a dozen retailers in Brazil, Costa Rica, and India adopted cage-free procurement policies.
  • We convinced 15 environmental groups in Brazil to launch Meatless Monday campaigns.

Plans for 2013

  • Expanding the reach of our farm animal protection work to Romania, Vietnam and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In Brazil, India, Mexico, and Costa Rica, where HSI already has campaigns on the ground, we hope to increase the number of retailers adopting cage-free policies, make further strides towards legislation to protect farm animals, and increase the popularity of the Meatless Monday movement.

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Companion animals


  • In Haiti, we treated 5,651 animals at field clinics and around 1,000 animals at our Haiti Animal Welfare Clinic.
  • Provided disaster response in Haiti after Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.
  • HSI helped launch a humane animal control program in Weixian County, China. Also provided support for a Weixian county animal protection regulation banning the dog meat trade and the publication of animal abuse images in the media. This is the first ban of dog meat in China.
  • In Bhutan, we sterilized and vaccinated over 10,000 street dogs (more than 42,000 since the start of the project).
  • Through intervention by HSI and local group Obhoyaronno, the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh agreed to stop poisoning companion animals and to designate funds towards spay/neuter. Similar agreements were reached in the municipality of Viacha in Bolivia and in Lilongwe City in Malawi.
  • In the Philippines, veterinarians who completed HSI’s training program launch humane dog management programs on six islands.
  • Continued support for Fukushima Shelter No. 2, founded in the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.
  • Welcomed 155 international attendees to learn and connect at our annual Animal Care Expo.

Plans for 2013

  • Launching a Global Street Dog initiative with new street dog programs in India, Panama, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Bulgaria and other countries as funding becomes available.
  • Co-hosting animal welfare conferences in the Caribbean (CAWC) and China.
  • Strengthening our dog meat trade campaign in The Philippines, with Asian partner groups, starting new campaigns in China and Thailand.
  • Initiating new, comprehensive humane animal capture and handling training for all HSI consultants working on street dog programs.



  • HSI helped advance shark fin legislation in Maryland and saw bans implemented in California, Oregon and Illinois, along with several locations in Canada.
  • HSI welcomed the release of "Death at SeaWorld," a detailed analysis of oceanaria practices that features HSI’s Dr. Naomi Rose.
  • Received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct immunocontraception of elephant populations in Kwa Zulu Natal province, South Africa.
  • Helped convince Amazon Japan to include whale and dolphin products among the prohibited items on their Japan site and Amazon US to add products containing shark, whale or dolphin to their prohibited list.
  • Helped close a dolphin exhibit in Minnesota and prevent the opening of a dolphinarium in Sindhudurg, India.
  • We obtained support for CITES proposals to improve protection for polar bears, sharks and other animals.

Plans for 2013

  • Protect polar bears by achieving a global ban on the commercial trade in polar bear rugs and parts.
  • Protect African lions by having them listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and banning importation of African lion trophies into the U.S.
  • Protect Hawaiian coral reef wildlife by stopping the collection and international trade in Hawaiian coral reef wildlife.
  • Maintain the international ban on whaling and expand protections for sharks and for rhinos, who are under extreme threat from the illegal rhino horn trade.
  • Expand the use of contraception as a humane way to control African elephant populations.
  • Protect orcas, dolphins, belugas and other cetaceans by campaigning against their confinement and use in public display aquariums.


  • With guidance and support from HSI, Teocelo, Mexico, led the ban on bullfighting as the first city to prohibit all forms of bull fiestas in the country.


  • We officially launched our HSI/India office at an event featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Accomplishments and plans of our affiliates

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