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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Scores of federal lawmakers say no to keeping horses sore

By on March 30, 2017 with 9 Comments
Scores of federal lawmakers say no to keeping horses sore

Today, in a show of legislative horsepower, U.S. Reps. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., introduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, HR 1847, with nearly half the lawmakers in the U.S. House joining them in a quest to close loopholes in the almost 50-year-old Horse Protection Act that have enabled the cruelty . . . 

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Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

By on March 29, 2017 with 0 Comments
Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

Two pair of ideological opposites introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate yesterday – Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., in the Senate, and Dave Brat, R-Va., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., in the House — to reform a series of federal government programs that have too often taken on the character of a . . . 

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South Korea, Indonesia, and other fronts in the dog meat battle

By on March 28, 2017 with 4 Comments
South Korea, Indonesia, and other fronts in the dog meat battle

This week, we celebrated the transport of 55 dogs from South Korea to the United States, rescued just before they were splayed on a butcher’s block and destined for the pot. It’s our seventh major rescue in South Korea, where we help transition the farmers to other professions or welcome them into retirement. While the . . . 

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Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

By on March 27, 2017 with 12 Comments
Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

As readers of this blog will know and lament, bears and wolves are the latest victims of the anti-regulatory fervor infecting Congress. Last week, in a party-line vote, every Senate Republican voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution rescinding a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that banned a host of inhumane . . . 

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USDA using poison explosives to kill wildlife and pets in the West

By on March 24, 2017 with 25 Comments
USDA using poison explosives to kill wildlife and pets in the West

When young Canyon Mansfield and Casey, his three-year-old Lab, headed out together to play in the area behind their home in eastern Idaho, they hardly expected the walk to be their last together. Without notifying a soul, and in violation of their agreement not to place sodium cyanide M-44s on federal public lands, agents with . . . 

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Humane Society International closes another dog meat farm in South Korea (our seventh)

By on March 23, 2017 with 10 Comments
Humane Society International closes another dog meat farm in South Korea (our seventh)

“When I first entered the darkness, the overpowering stench of feces and urine made me retch,” said Adam Parascandola of Humane Society International. “The ammonia burned the back of my throat. We could hear the cacophony of desperate barking but we couldn’t see their faces, just their eyes peering out.” Some of the dogs cowered . . . 

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A Senate Republican attack on animals menaces grizzlies, wolves in Alaska

By on March 22, 2017 with 72 Comments
A Senate Republican attack on animals menaces grizzlies, wolves in Alaska

I tossed and turned almost the entire night. It wasn’t a nightmare that roiled me. It was yesterday’s awful spectacle in the U.S. Senate. By a 52 to 47 vote, senators approved, on a party-line vote, their colleague Dan Sullivan’s resolution to rescind a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rulemaking action that forbids the . . . 

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