Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

By on January 4, 2017 with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has made more progress away from cruel gestation crates. The company announced today that it has converted 87 percent of its sow housing to group housing systems, and will be at 100 percent by the end of 2017. A decade and a half ago, there wasn’t a single . . . 

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Rolling Stone crushes puppy mill trade

By on January 3, 2017 with 36 Comments
<em>Rolling Stone </em>crushes puppy mill trade

Of the entire dizzying array of animal cruelty concerns, there’s not one more top of mind for the American public than puppy mills. It’s a term we’ve all been hearing for decades and we’ve lamented the presence of the industry for at least as long. Yet, amazingly, there’s still so much confusion about puppy mills, . . . 

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Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

By on December 30, 2016 with 1 Comment
Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

With just three weeks until the Obama team transfers executive power to the Trump Administration, the current leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running out of time to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yet, with many leaders within the conventional wildlife . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

By on December 29, 2016 with 1 Comment
California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

By on December 28, 2016 with 2 Comments
Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

Yesterday, I got a lift to the Portland (Oregon) airport, took a cross-country flight to National Airport, and jumped in a cab to head home, hugging my dog and scratching my cat’s head for a good long time after walking through the door. Long-distance travel is a matter of routine for many of us now, . . . 

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Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

By on December 27, 2016 with 1 Comment
Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, as part of our commitment to all animals, we put our shoulder into the moral and scientific problems of using animals in research and testing. In doing this work, we follow the framework of the Three Rs – refining, reducing, and replacing the use of animals. That approach . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

By on December 26, 2016 with 7 Comments
Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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A holiday miracle for 110 dogs saved from Yulin’s meat market

By on December 23, 2016 with 4 Comments
A holiday miracle for 110 dogs saved from Yulin’s meat market

Today, Canada welcomed 110 new residents who just took a trip around the world. The dogs, once headed for the butcher’s block at the Yulin dog meat festival in China, were flown last night into Toronto, just in time for the holidays, by Humane Society International/Canada. They are now one giant step closer to adoption . . . 

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Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

By on December 22, 2016 with 5 Comments
Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

Companion animals are a great source of joy in our lives, in this and every season, and their welfare is a core priority for The HSUS. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we work to uphold it in every possible way, for our pets as for other animals. Here’s an account of key achievements for . . . 

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Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

By on December 21, 2016 with 5 Comments
Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

We’re building major momentum with our new campaign to improve the lives of broiler chickens, with Panera Bread and Sodexo this week committing to work with U.S. suppliers to implement on-the-farm reforms. These are big, powerful brand names in the food sales world, and they are two very strong companies we’ve worked with on a . . . 

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