Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

By on February 24, 2017 with 30 Comments
Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

I am used to the nattering and claptrap of people who try to justify or excuse their acts of animal cruelty. They may dress it up as some kind of tradition, a personal right or freedom, a sort of social norm, or even an economic necessity. In addition to offering up their particular set of . . . 

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No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

By on February 23, 2017 with 23 Comments
No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

Traveling home to their districts, members of Congress are hearing from riled-up constituents like never before – and right on the heels of a tremendously contentious election. On Capitol Hill, telephone lines are being overwhelmed repeatedly by the fresh concerns of Americans roused to action. In cities across the country, citizens are organizing, vowing to . . . 

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Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

By on February 22, 2017 with 72 Comments
Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Last week’s vote on H.J. Res. 69 was one of the most disturbing actions by Congress I’ve witnessed during more than a quarter century of political advocacy for animals. By a 225 to 195 vote, a narrow majority of the U.S. House voted to rescind a rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) . . . 

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Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

By on February 21, 2017 with 4 Comments
Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

We launched our Humane Puerto Rico program two years ago because animals are in crisis in this long-neglected, populous part of the United States. One fact, among all others, stared us in the face: some shelters in the Commonwealth had a euthanasia rate of 95 percent. There was a broad recognition that if an animal . . . 

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USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

By on February 17, 2017 with 15 Comments
USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

Nobody much likes what the U.S. Department of Agriculture did two weeks ago in purging thousands of inspection reports for the animal facilities and horse shows under its authority, and pledging not to post new reports on a go-forward basis. USA Today panned the action hard yesterday. Today, the Des Moines Register said it was . . . 

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U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

By on February 16, 2017 with 502 Comments
U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

What the U.S. House of Representatives did today – actually a very narrow majority of the House – was shameful. Cruel. Callous. Venal. The vote in favor of H.J. Resolution 69, authored by Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, was 225 to 193. Those 225 members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, . . . 

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Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

By on February 15, 2017 with 95 Comments
Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

Today, The HSUS launched a television advertising campaign to expose a hard-to-stomach and hard-to-comprehend effort in Congress to overturn a federal ban on the most inhumane and unsporting practices seen in the recent history of American wildlife management. This gambit involves the sanctioning, among other deplorable practices, of private citizens going into dens and killing . . . 

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More than 150 Republican and Democratic lawmakers urge president to stop cruelty to horses

By on February 14, 2017 with 8 Comments
More than 150 Republican and Democratic lawmakers urge president to stop cruelty to horses

Late last week, a bipartisan group of 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to President Trump, asking him to give final approval to a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that got sidetracked during the last days of the Obama administration. The rule was designed to fix serious deficiencies in the USDA’s existing . . . 

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Horse soring crowd conspires with USDA to bury vast trove of inspection reports

By on February 10, 2017 with 7 Comments
Horse soring crowd conspires with USDA to bury vast trove of inspection reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s jarring removal of thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection reports from its website has caused anger among animal advocates, concern among many in the regulated industries who want to be able to show their clean records, and condemnation from opinion-leaders, lawmakers, and a wide range of . . . 

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Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

By on February 9, 2017 with 21 Comments
Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

One of the most despicable acts against animals in contemporary times is the aerial gunning of wildlife – chasing down these animals in aircraft and then strafing them with bullets, mainly as a way to wipe out local populations and artificially boost populations of moose and caribou for hunters to shoot at a later time. . . . 

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