Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

By on December 21, 2016 with 6 Comments
Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

We’re building major momentum with our new campaign to improve the lives of broiler chickens, with Panera Bread and Sodexo this week committing to work with U.S. suppliers to implement on-the-farm reforms. These are big, powerful brand names in the food sales world, and they are two very strong companies we’ve worked with on a . . . 

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Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

By on December 20, 2016 with 5 Comments
Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

For years, a small band of lawmakers in Congress – every one of them aligned with Safari Club International – has remained obsessed with securing a rider to allow 41 Americans to import the heads of polar bears they shot some years ago in Canada. Unable to import the heads because of federal animal protection . . . 

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Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

By on December 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Since Donald J. Trump’s electoral college win in the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk from him and from Republican leaders in Congress about rolling back federal rules and even repealing some existing statutes. If animal protection policies are targeted, we’ll be ready to play defense and fight off attacks on our nation’s . . . 

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In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

By on December 16, 2016 with 5 Comments
In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

Just this week, I reported on our progress toward a federal dogfighting ban in Mexico and the shutdown of a major dog meat trading and slaughter hub in South Korea. Our work abroad is expanding at a rapid and ambitious pace, as we continue to apply the skills, resources, and approaches that have made our . . . 

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Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

By on December 15, 2016 with 1 Comment
Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

At The HSUS, we don’t work only to pass laws but also to enforce them. And one of the best enforcement tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of lawsuits and legal petitions in support of our major campaigns. The HSUS legal team also drafts state . . . 

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Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

By on December 14, 2016 with 2 Comments
Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

Vieques is a small island off mainland Puerto Rico, known for one of the world’s most remarkable bioluminescent bays, and for its beautiful, free-roaming horses. Months ago, the mayor of this island, Victor Emeric, called us after he learned about the work we have been doing in Puerto Rico, especially with street dogs. He had . . . 

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Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

By on December 13, 2016 with 18 Comments
Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

Officials in the city of Seongnam today announced that they will permanently shutter the dog meat section of Moran Market, South Korea’s largest dog meat market. It is by far the biggest single blow ever against the dog meat trade in the country, and with a local government leading the charge, it’s a new front . . . 

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Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

By on December 12, 2016 with 3 Comments
Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (the analog to our U.S. House of Representatives) gave its approval to national anti-dogfighting legislation, bringing us one major step closer to a countrywide ban on the barbaric practice. Many among Mexico’s 31 states and one federal district forbid the practice, but it’s essential that a national policy be . . . 

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Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

By on December 9, 2016 with 1 Comment
Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

The HSUS uses videos as a key instrument in our campaign to tell the story of our human relationships with animals. Nothing tells the story better. Some of these videos chronicle uplifting happenings – animals rescued and then placed in forever homes, or formerly abused animals with their lives entirely turned around and living in . . . 

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Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

By on December 8, 2016 with 7 Comments
Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

In Ohio, last night, it was the best of times and the worst of times. As the state legislature closed in on the end of its lame-duck session, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that became a veritable Christmas tree of issues, including three key animal-related measures (two of them very good and . . . 

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