Archive for June, 2007
The Humane Society of the United States sometimes has to use raw power to change the circumstances for animals—overcoming the opposition of animal exploitation groups and passing legislation or applying pressure on a company to mend its ways. To a degree, it requires some level of confrontation, and we believe it's something we must do . . .
Not long after I became president of The Humane Society of the United States three years ago, and after we merged our operations with the spectacular folks at The Fund for Animals, we decided to concentrate some considerable resources in four major campaign areas: 1) animal cruelty and animal fighting, 2) factory farming, 3) seal . . .
While the nation observed “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” blog readers celebrated The HSUS’ dogs in the office policy. Among the comments we received: Congratulations on your dog-friendly environment! I’ve worked from home for my entire career and I cannot imagine having to leave my greyhounds and my kitty alone all day. I have . . .
The depth and breadth of programs at The HSUS is pretty extraordinary. To know all that goes on, you’d have to make a regular study of humanesociety.org. And even then, it’s tough to keep up with all of the work. You may have heard about the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the political arm of the . . .
The United States has been overshadowed by Europe for well over a decade when it comes to being the world leader in advancing non-animal methods of chemical testing. In 2005, for example, European government and industry established the European Partnership on Alternatives to Animal Testing, with the long-term goal of replacing all use of animals . . .
A couple years back, The HSUS criticized Nike for running a television ad called "The Battle"—an MTV-like ad featuring a one-on-one game of basketball interspersed with quick takes of a pit bull and a Rottweiler snarling at each other and poised for fighting. It was a barely subliminal glorification of dogfighting and a romanticizing of . . .
This week, readers praised The HSUS’ outreach to the American Farm Bureau: Again, you confirm why I support The HSUS. Educating people about humane treatment of animals is vital and approaching the Farm Bureau to begin this dialogue is brilliant. They have the ability to make huge changes for animals and developing a relationship with . . .
Our ideas about protecting animals were once at the margins. Now, they are in the mainstream. More than ever, Americans and American institutions are embracing the protection of animals as a personal and societal responsibility, and the evidence is all around us. © 2007 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc. All rights reserved. . . .
Tomorrow we celebrate one of the more obscure observances in the workplace—“Take Your Dog to Work Day.” It doesn’t rival Martin Luther King Day, or President’s Day, but it’s a subject worthy of some reflection, especially from me as CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. © The HSUSJennifer Fearing and her dog . . .
Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs. The animals are confined in small cages. The females are bred time and again with little concern for their health. They receive no love or human affection. And they are treated like agricultural commodities—not as our closest companions. Approximately one-third of the nation’s 11,000 pet stores sell puppies—with . . .