Gag Reflex in North Carolina on Ag-Gag

By on May 27, 2015 with 0 Comments

Pressure is mounting on North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to veto the state’s overreaching and dangerous ag-gag bill. McCrory has until Friday to sign or veto the bill, or not take action and let it automatically become law. The bill, pushed by North Carolina agribusiness groups, is designed to punish whistleblowers who expose cruelty, whether at senior centers, child care centers, or factory farms.

Over the past few days, thousands of North Carolinians have called and emailed his office, tweeted at him, and commented on his Facebook page, urging a veto.

Today, AARP, the nation’s organization advocating for senior citizens, added its voice to the chorus of opponents of the bill, signaling on Facebook that it “will ask the Governor to veto the bill.”

Yesterday, the Charlotte Observer, the state’s biggest newspaper, asked Gov. McCrory to “ship [the bill] back to the legislature” because most North Carolinians and scrupulous business owners oppose it.

“This bill is flawed for many reasons,” the editorial said. “It punishes the person who reveals the illegal act, rather than the business that commits it… it raises constitutional questions, limiting a person’s free speech rights based on the content of the speech, even if it’s truthful.”

Last week, we released a powerful new television ad in North Carolina that demonstrates just how far-reaching this law would be.

Earlier this year, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey vetoed an ag-gag bill. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam vetoed a similar bill two years ago.

Also earlier this year, the Charlotte-based Compass Group – the world’s largest food service providers – announced yet another set of strong animal welfare policies.  With Walmart’s announcement last week embracing the “Five Freedoms” of farm animal welfare, lawmakers in North Carolina are running at odds with what’s happening in our culture and in corporate America.

Our hope is that Gov. McCrory sees where the nation is moving, and stops this rearguard action in its tracks.

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Humane Puerto Rico: Phase II

By on May 26, 2015 with 5 Comments
Humane Puerto Rico: Phase II

In Puerto Rico last year, two elementary school age children beat a puppy to death and severely injured a second helpless creature on the school playground. The incident is a particularly grim reminder that there are big gaps in humane work in Puerto Rico, and some truly awful consequences of our movement’s inattention to this . . . 

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Breaking News: Walmart, Nation’s Biggest Food Seller, Adopts Five Freedom Principles for Farm Animals

By on May 22, 2015 with 194 Comments
Breaking News: Walmart, Nation’s Biggest Food Seller, Adopts Five Freedom Principles for Farm Animals

This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies – and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot – announced it has adopted the “five freedoms” principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. . . . 

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A Second Federal Court Upholds Key Law to Crack Down on Sales of Dogs from Puppy Mills

By on May 21, 2015 with 3 Comments
A Second Federal Court Upholds Key Law to Crack Down on Sales of Dogs from Puppy Mills

More good news from the federal courts – this time on our crusade to crack down on the exploitation of dogs by the puppy mill industry. Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a legal challenge to Cook County’s ordinance that restricts the sale of puppies from large-scale commercial dog breeders. . . . 

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Sportsmen’s Act, or Poachers’ Act?

By on May 20, 2015 with 8 Comments
Sportsmen’s Act, or Poachers’ Act?

If you thought the Senate version of the Sportsmen’s Act – which was the subject of a recent hearing – was awful, the House version that was examined in committee today is even worse. The House version is called the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (SHARE Act), H.R. 2406. Yet it includes language to . . . 

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Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

By on May 19, 2015 with 79 Comments
Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

North Carolina has been the stage for the largest number of HSUS deployments with law enforcement to rescue dogs from squalid, overcrowded puppy mills. In the last four years, we’ve conducted 20 puppy mill raids, partnering with dedicated local animal welfare organizations, and reminding citizens and lawmakers that there’s a serious problem in the Tarheel State. The . . . 

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A New Boxer Rebellion Needed in China

By on May 18, 2015 with 20 Comments
A New Boxer Rebellion Needed in China

I’m excited to share more good news in the tough fight to rid China of the cruel dog meat trade. This past weekend, Guangdong and Heilongjiang, normally home to two of China’s biggest dog meat markets, and 13 other cities played host instead to massive protests against the dog meat trade – each one a . . . 

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Sorting Out the Facts on Soring

By on May 15, 2015 with 4 Comments
Sorting Out the Facts on Soring

One piece of unfinished business from the 2013-14 Congress is federal legislation to crack down on the barbaric and sickening practice of “soring” of Tennessee Walking Horses;  the House and Senate took no final action on this bill last year even though a supermajority of lawmakers, 368 cosponsors in total, demonstrated strong bipartisan support for . . . 

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Avian Influenza Just One Marker of Sickness in Industrial Agriculture

By on May 14, 2015 with 6 Comments
Avian Influenza Just One Marker of Sickness in Industrial Agriculture

Government officials and farmers are engaging in the grim task of mass executing domesticated fowl in the Midwest, as a result of the tragic outbreak of avian influenza that has savaged agricultural operations, mainly industrial turkey and laying hen operations in Minnesota and Iowa. They’ve killed nearly 30 million birds in these states, with almost all . . . 

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Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

By on May 13, 2015 with 19 Comments
Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

A group of senior Republicans and Democrats, including key members of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced the nation’s first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill – the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The PACT Act (H.R. 2293) would empower the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorneys to prosecute animal abuse cases that cross . . . 

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