Archive for October, 2007

Behind the Fire Lines

The fires in Southern California have now, for the most part, abated or been contained. Many animals—both domesticated and wild—lost their lives as the fast moving fires, stoked by the Santa Ana winds, scorched the homes and parched vegetation in their path. The flames engulfed hundreds of thousands of acres and devoured more than 2,000 . . . 

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Riding Roughshod Over Horses

By on October 30, 2007 in Equine
Riding Roughshod Over Horses

More tragedy for horses this past week. First, at a sloppy and soaked Monmouth Park in New Jersey on Saturday, European horse racing star George Washington broke down in the home stretch of the Breeder’s Cup. As workers rushed to the hobbling 4-year-old colt, who sustained fractured bones in his right front leg and was . . . 

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Break the Chain

By on October 29, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Break the Chain

We can never relent in our efforts to make people more aware. Even people who love animals often do not know what the best course of action is when it comes to proper care of animals. My own childhood experience is a poignant and personal reminder of this principle. Ever since I can remember, I . . . 

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You Asked: Optimism for Animals

By on October 26, 2007 in Animal Rescue and Care

Today, dozens of HSUS staff remain in California helping with disaster response there. Yet, even in the midst of a cataclysmic disaster that requires intense focus, we must press ahead with our other work—often, on a hundred fronts. We run a complex operation, with experts and activities in so many different subjects and operating in . . . 

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Talk Back: Gratitude and Grief

By on October 25, 2007 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals

As firefighters continue to battle the inferno that has rampaged through Southern California, The HSUS Disaster Services team and San Diego County Animal Services have moved in to help rescue and shelter hundreds of animals. Readers responded to yesterday’s blog post and to footage of the wildfires with an outpouring of support and concern. Among . . . 

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Beating the Blaze

By on October 25, 2007 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Beating the Blaze

The HSUS’s and The Fund for Animals’ Wildlife Center—a sanctuary and rehabilitation facility in Ramona, Calif., part of San Diego County—takes in native wildlife species and is situated in one of the most fire-ravaged areas of the state. Thus far, miraculously, the center has survived the fires, but just barely. Cindy Traisi and her husband . . . 

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Into the Breach

Into the Breach

The request arrived at the headquarters of the disaster response team at 3:18 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Within an hour, Dr. Barry Kellogg, veterinarian and acting director of disaster services for The Humane Society of the United States, “pushed the button.” Local authorities in San Diego needed our help. Our professionals answered. They shouldered their . . . 

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Retirement Due for Chimps in Research

Retirement Due for Chimps in Research

Subjected to experiments that are often painful and distressful. Confined for decades in laboratory cages. But not forgotten by us. © The HSUSKitty, one of three chimpanzees formerly used in researchwho now live at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Such is the circumstance for about 1,300 of our closest living relatives—chimpanzees who are imprisoned in . . . 

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Practicing Compassion

By on October 22, 2007 in Uncategorized
Practicing Compassion

There’s excitement at The Humane Society of the United States about our new program on Animals and Religion—and already a slew of news stories about the launch of the program. Its goal is to reach out to and activate religious people and institutions on animal protection issues. © Fotolia All of the world’s major religions . . . 

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Rescue Ruckus Shouldn’t Scare Away Adopters

Sometimes, you can become too fixated on adhering to the rules and throw common sense out the window. That’s what happened in the case of a little black Brussels Griffon terrier mix named Iggy and a dispute over the dog between the television host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and a Pasadena, California-based private pet rescue, . . . 

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