Breaking news: Taiwan bans the trade in dog and cat meat

By on April 13, 2017 with 4 Comments
Breaking news: Taiwan bans the trade in dog and cat meat

This week, our fight against the global dog meat trade got an enormous lift with Taiwan’s legislature amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of our best friends. Taiwan becomes the latest nation in the region to make an emphatic statement and to curb the trade and the first to include . . . 

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Sheriffs stand strong against animal cruelty, and so do we

By on April 12, 2017 with 2 Comments
Sheriffs stand strong against animal cruelty, and so do we

Yesterday, we hosted John Thompson, the deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, at our national headquarters and bestowed upon him a Humane Leadership Award for helping bring humane sensibilities into the consciousness of the nation. Thompson is straight out of central casting as a law enforcement man, yet his heart is just as . . . 

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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

By on April 11, 2017 with 6 Comments
Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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Oklahoma’s “prosperity districts” are not OK

By on April 10, 2017 with 5 Comments
Oklahoma’s “prosperity districts” are not OK

Last November, Oklahoma voters crushed a State Question 777, a proposed constitutional amendment in Oklahoma to create a “right to farm” — a measure to deregulate agriculture in the state on a go-forward basis. Despite a multi-million dollar campaign to pass it, more than 60 percent of voters rejected it, with rural and urban counties . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

By on April 7, 2017 with 5 Comments
10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

By on April 6, 2017 with 9 Comments
Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

Last month, a federal agent placed an M-44 cyanide bomb on public lands in eastern Idaho. As intended, it detonated, but the agent missed his target and claimed a couple of unintended victims: a 14-year-old boy, Canyon Mansfield, was sprayed as the poison shot out of the explosive device. He survived, but his dog Casey, . . . 

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Disgraceful, unacceptable orca slaughter in
St. Vincent

By on April 5, 2017 with 17 Comments
Disgraceful, unacceptable orca slaughter in <br>St. Vincent

You’ll sometimes hear apologists suggest that whaling is compatible with whale watching, and that the two can flourish together. But the fact is, they really can’t, as a staggering incident last week, off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, made plain. There, according to local media reports, tourists on a whale-watching expedition were . . . 

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Is China warming on animal welfare, while the U.S. is cooling?

By on April 4, 2017 with 4 Comments
Is China warming on animal welfare, while the U.S. is cooling?

Last week the Chinese government published a list of 67 licensed ivory carving factories and retailers set to close by March 31, with the balance of the other operations slated to shutter by December 31. This is part of a rather astonishing turnaround for a nation long regarded as an outlier on animal welfare. There . . . 

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Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

By on April 3, 2017 with 3 Comments
Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

Last summer, I reported on the launch of one of The HSUS’s biggest and most important campaigns in its 63-year history: an effort to improve conditions for the nine billion chickens we raise and slaughter for food each year in this country. These birds — called broilers — represent nine out of every 10 animals . . . 

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This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

By on March 31, 2017 with 9 Comments
This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

A few years ago, a group of very special citizens trekked from a number of states to Capitol Hill to lobby for a ban on shark finning in U.S. waters. Some of them had a bit of difficulty getting around, parts of their legs missing. Other took extra time to dress for the occasion, given . . . 

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