Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

By on July 20, 2017 with 46 Comments
Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – whose members constitute nearly a third of the entire chamber – voted with nary a controversy in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the bipartisan effort, with fellow committee . . . 

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Humane Society International saves 149 more dogs destined for butcher in South Korea

By on July 19, 2017 with 6 Comments
Humane Society International saves 149 more dogs destined for butcher in South Korea

As South Koreans get ready for the Bok Nal days of summer, which trigger a sharp increase in dog meat consumption in the country, Humane Society International (HSI) has pulled 149 more dogs from the terrible fate of being inhumanely killed and then carved up for use in soup. The dogs we’ve saved from the . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

By on July 17, 2017 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

Maryland-based Perdue Farms, one of the biggest brands in the production of poultry raised for meat, is making one of the most important announcements of any major producer in the field. Last summer, The HSUS – along with Compassion in World Farming and Mercy For Animals – worked with Perdue to commit the company to . . . 

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State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

By on July 14, 2017 with 0 Comments
State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

To its credit, the California Senate Judiciary Committee stopped a bill to expand the state tax on cattle and dairy farmers to the tune of millions of dollars – a plan to put the funds into a “commission” that would be authorized to use the money for lobbying against animal welfare and family farmers. The . . . 

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Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

By on July 13, 2017 with 5 Comments
Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

It wasn’t enough that earlier this year a narrow majority of lawmakers in Congress targeted wolves and other native carnivores for destruction on 76 million acres of our national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Now, they are expanding that fight to National Park Service lands in Alaska – another 20 million acres, where they want to . . . 

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Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

By on July 12, 2017 with 178 Comments
Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., to bar horse slaughter operations . . . 

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EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely

By on July 11, 2017 with 22 Comments
EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely

For years, when community residents became agitated about the presence of deer in their neighborhoods, government leaders and residents often defaulted to shooting or even killing the animals with arrows as a way to reduce their densities. Now, in a move that will help communities interested in considering a different and humane response to conflicts . . . 

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California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

By on July 10, 2017 with 14 Comments
California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

Last week, a heat wave, in tandem with a lack of adequate housing and other safeguards for the animals, resulted in thousands of dairy cows perishing in the punishing heat of California’s Central Valley. It’s one of the worst weather-related incidents to strike dairy herds in recent memory, and rendering plants in California are so . . . 

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Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

By on July 7, 2017 with 4 Comments
Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

In Florida, the hub of a withering U.S. greyhound racing industry, regulators identified 12 greyhounds with cocaine in their blood at the Bestbet Orange Park near Jacksonville, according to The Washington Post and First Coast News. One trainer, Charles McClellan, handled all of the dogs, an incriminating fact pattern. Cocaine is just one of many . . . 

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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

By on July 6, 2017 with 0 Comments
A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

In 2015, The HSUS planted a stake in the ground in Puerto Rico. No longer would animal protection groups avert their gaze from the Commonwealth, with its nearly four million U.S. citizens. Thanks to one of our leading supporters in New Jersey, The HSUS hired a Commonwealth director. And in short order thereafter, we developed . . . 

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