Movie producer speaks out on controversy over ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and on American Humane Association

By on February 8, 2017 with 8 Comments
Movie producer speaks out on controversy over ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and on American Humane Association

Gavin Polone is a big name in Hollywood, even if he’s not known to the average film-goer and television watcher. He’s an Emmy-nominated film and television producer behind such hits as “Panic Room,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Zombieland,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” But those of us who fight for animals know him as a dedicated, principled advocate . . . 

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Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

By on February 7, 2017 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Eight years after voters approved the landmark ballot initiative, and two years after the law took effect, a law enforcement agency today brought criminal charges against a California egg producer, Hohberg Poultry Ranch, in southern California, with 39 counts of violating Prop 2 and 16 other counts of violating the state anti-cruelty code. Specifically, the . . . 

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The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

By on February 6, 2017 with 97 Comments
The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

There’s an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision late last week to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other operations regulated under the federal . . . 

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The HSUS will never back down in face of attacks from animal abuse interests

By on February 3, 2017 with 4 Comments
The HSUS will never back down in face of attacks from animal abuse interests

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you might catch a glimpse of a commercial during this Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game show mischaracterizing the work of The HSUS. It’s more from D.C. public-relations operative Rick Berman and his so-called Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). I’ve written about Berman many times on this blog – . . . 

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Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

By on February 2, 2017 with 20 Comments
Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

Even with so much other political activity in Washington, it’s hard not to notice the anti-regulatory rhetoric streaming out of the White House and Congress in the new political setup, and wonder where the balance is. President Trump has frozen many new regulations, including one to crack down on horse soring (which the Obama administration . . . 

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Where the Walter Palmers of the world hatch their plans

By on February 1, 2017 with 6 Comments
Where the Walter Palmers of the world hatch their plans

Safari Club International members have assembled in Las Vegas for the group’s annual gathering, which attracts individuals who’ve made a macabre hobby of traveling to the far reaches of the world to kill many of the world’s rarest animals for their heads and hides. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, in this case, . . . 

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BSL is Bad, Senseless Lawmaking

By on January 31, 2017 with 32 Comments
BSL is Bad, Senseless Lawmaking

Our fight against discriminatory, breed-specific legislation (BSL) is likely to gain momentum with a raft of states considering legislation to remove and prevent restrictions on pet owners keeping certain breeds and types of dogs. Dog experts and researchers – along with just about every reputable humane organization, from The HSUS to the ASPCA to the . . . 

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New polls show voters in key Midwest states – Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska – strongly oppose horse slaughter 

By on January 30, 2017 with 4 Comments
New polls show voters in key Midwest states – Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska – strongly oppose horse slaughter 

There was one particularly lucky and apolitical participant in the Trump inauguration – a horse named Jakar, once destined for slaughter, rescued by an animal advocate, and eventually taken on by the Cleveland Police Department for law enforcement work. Jakar, along with other members of Cleveland’s mounted police force contingent, marched in the streets of . . . 

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South Africa’s canned lion hunting industry cashes in on global trade in lion bones

By on January 27, 2017 with 9 Comments
South Africa’s canned lion hunting industry cashes in on global trade in lion bones

More than a year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, reacting to a legal petition from The HSUS, HSI, and other animal welfare and conservation groups, announced that the United States was placing African lions on the list of threatened and endangered species. One consequence of enhanced U.S. protections for lions was that American . . . 

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Mexico says ‘no mas’ to dogfighting

By on January 26, 2017 with 15 Comments
Mexico says ‘no mas’ to dogfighting

There’s a lot in the news about Mexico and our border with that populous nation to our south. While that discussion swirls, we continue to make steady progress on animal welfare in Mexico, even though our Humane Society International office there is still in its first year of operation. This week, Mexico’s Congress took one . . . 

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