Redux on wolves in Michigan

By on December 6, 2016 with 5 Comments
Redux on wolves in Michigan

One of the most disturbing and sobering examples of the misuse of political power comes out of Michigan – and it has nothing to do with the astonishingly close presidential race of 2016. It concerns the unusual, years-long obsession of a few lawmakers who want to clear a path for trophy hunters and commercial trappers . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

By on December 5, 2016 with 2 Comments
Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include four blogs covering a bill signing or a final rulemaking . . . 

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Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

By on December 2, 2016 with 0 Comments
Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

The HSUS and Humane Society International are the rare humane organizations with very active and robust wildlife protection programs. We fight for species and habitats, but also against cruelty to individual wild animals, whether scarce or abundant. That latter instinct is what leads us to challenge many uses of captive wild animals and also to . . . 

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Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

By on December 1, 2016 with 5 Comments
Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

Each December, I write a series of blogs running through the big accomplishments of the year for The HSUS, Humane Society International, and other affiliates, by area of focus. Today, I offer the first in this series, covering the blaze of progress for farm animals. When I started as CEO of The HSUS in 2004, . . . 

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Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

By on November 30, 2016 with 3 Comments
Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Journalist Marc Gunther’s detailed profile of The HSUS and me in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights our aggressive yet mainstream approach to driving transformational change for animals over the last decade. The HSUS and its affiliates have fortified the legal framework against cruelty, set the nation on a trajectory to end . . . 

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Daniel in the lying den

By on November 29, 2016 with 3 Comments
Daniel in the lying den

In March, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team freed about 300 animals from the horrors of an Arkansas puppy mill, which confined living dogs among their dead and decomposing kin. Inside a dilapidated shed filled with trash and used equipment, our team found Daniel, a little tri-colored Shepherd puppy, along with his mother and sibling. As . . . 

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If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

By on November 28, 2016 with 0 Comments
If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

A year ago, I would not have imagined I’d spend this Thanksgiving holiday with a shovel in hand, covered in powdery dirt, and digging 10 feet deep into the ground to find 15- to 30-pound gopher tortoises in central Florida. It’s a bit of a needle in a haystack enterprise, but we had expert animal . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

By on November 23, 2016 with 2 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

By on November 22, 2016 with 19 Comments
Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Nobody eats wolves. If you’re a meat eater, it’s one thing to hunt deer or some other wild animals and consume them. It’s another matter to go on a head-hunting exercise, or just kill for the thrill of it. In the lame-duck session of Congress, there is a big move afoot to eliminate federal protections . . . 

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Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

By on November 21, 2016 with 6 Comments
Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

Earlier this month, a woman on the run from authorities in Texas fled to Nevada with her collection of tigers, monkeys, a fox, and a skunk — and her 14-year-old daughter who was living under the same roof as the wild animals. A California couple, whose escaped pet tiger prowled neighborhoods for weeks before finally . . . 

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