Archive for May, 2007

Of Mice and Men

By on May 31, 2007 in Uncategorized
Of Mice and Men

Earlier this year, the Congress amended the Animal Welfare Act to strengthen a section of law dealing with dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of staged animal fighting. With these amendments, the law now bans any interstate or foreign commerce in fighting animals or cockfighting implements, and establishes felony penalties for violations. It’s the strongest section . . . 

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Talk Back: Taking Issue with Ted

By on May 30, 2007 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals

In the world of humane-minded advocates, there are reasons to agree and reasons to disagree. Here is one example—a few readers have expressed disappointment over the inclusion of Ted Williams in my blogroll. Julianne French writes: Wow, what a shock to see The HSUS endorse a wild horse hater like Ted Williams. I know of . . . 

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Fate of Whales Decided This Week

Fate of Whales Decided This Week

I really like to stay on the offense at The HSUS. I want to press ahead with new campaigns that keep our opponents on the defense—whether on horse slaughter, cockfighting, factory farming, canned hunts, puppy mills or the like—so that the industries responsible for these cruelties have to defend their practices and cannot as readily . . . 

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Remembering a Star for Animals

By on May 28, 2007 in Animal Rescue and Care
Remembering a Star for Animals

I arrived back from an overseas trip yesterday, and upon landing learned the news that my dear friend Gretchen Wyler had died. At The HSUS, we had known for some time that Gretchen was failing from the effects of metastatic breast cancer. We held to the hope that if anyone could overcome the odds, it . . . 

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Talk Back: Michael Vick

By on May 25, 2007 in Uncategorized

Many readers have inquired about The HSUS’ involvement in the investigation surrounding Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick and allegations of a possible dogfighting operation at his former Virginia home. Reader John Gilligan asks: Is the HSUS going to have an email letter to send to the NFL Commissioner on Michael Vick in regards to dogfighting? . . . 

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Environmental Protection, Past and Present

Environmental Protection, Past and Present

There are people whose life and work have changed the course of history. The late Rachel Carson is one of those people. Carson was the legendary biologist and author who transformed environmental protection with her groundbreaking 1962 work "Silent Spring." © USFWSRachel Carson and Bob Hines conductmarine biology research. This Sunday, May 27, marks the . . . 

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Power to Protect Animals

Power to Protect Animals

What has been most heartening since I launched my blog is that the comments are coming in faster than we can publish them. Rest assured that we are reading them, and we will continue to post samplers. I would like to keep the conversation going, so please keep your comments coming—pro and con. Last week, . . . 

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Polar Bears Hunted in Dwindling Habitat

Polar Bears Hunted in Dwindling Habitat

Make no mistake about it. Global warming is an animal protection issue.  © The HSUS/Milani Before the first club was swung, or the first shot fired this spring in Atlantic Canada in the annual orgy of seal killing, the Canadian government estimates that as many as 300,000 baby seals drowned because of melting ice. The . . . 

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Cruelty by Design

Cruelty by Design

The fur issue is one of the easiest moral questions to settle. The animals are killed only for human adornment, often in particularly horrible ways, and there are functional and fashionable alternatives. If our societal standards against needless cruelty mean anything, they should be applied to the actions of this industry. There can be no . . . 

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Talk Back: Readers Speak Up

By on May 21, 2007 in Uncategorized

Many readers responded to the two comments that were posted to the blog on Friday (see here). Below is a sampling of the remarks we received. If you would like to join the conversation, offer a comment below. These are the types of comments that hurt deep inside and make you remember why you want . . . 

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