Archive for December, 2007

Last Chance to Help Animals in 2007

Last Chance to Help Animals in 2007

It’s the last day of 2007, and your last day to make a tax-deductible contribution to The HSUS this year. © The HSUS/Carol Guzy It’s been an extraordinary year of achievements for animals and for The HSUS—with major gains on dogfighting and cockfighting, factory farming, the fur trade, puppy mills, animal testing, and on many . . . 

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Humane Heroes of 2007

By on December 28, 2007 in Uncategorized
Humane Heroes of 2007

Surely one of the best traits that humans possess is altruism—a willingness to help others, even at some personal risk or cost to us. © iStockphoto It’s a powerful and good emotional response, and that other-centered behavior is at the very heart of the animal protection movement, which has broadened the application of the idea . . . 

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Progress in Politics: Laws for Animals

Progress in Politics: Laws for Animals

The organized animal protection movement has certainly paid attention to lobbying and lawmaking through the years, but the lion’s share of resources have been directed to direct animal care, such as rescue and sheltering. In the modern lobbying era—the last 25 years, where we’ve witnessed the rise of political action committees and organized grassroots political . . . 

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Winning the Fight for Animals in ’07

Winning the Fight for Animals in ’07

Last week, I wrote a letter to some HSUS supporters about some of our accomplishments for the year. In many respects, it’s been a remarkable year, and we’ve achieved many of our programmatic goals for the year. For those of you who relish the details, there’s much fodder here for you. And much reason to . . . 

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Animals in a New Light

By on December 24, 2007 in Uncategorized
Animals in a New Light

The celebration of the birth of Jesus is the high holiday for Christians. We are told in the Gospels that he was born to a virgin mother and that he received gifts from three wise men. Also according to the accounts, Jesus was placed in a manger, in the presence of farm animals. As Christians . . . 

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Effective Philanthropy

By on December 21, 2007 in Companion Animals
Effective Philanthropy

There are a staggering 1.5 million charities in the United States. There are, perhaps, about 12,000 charities devoted to helping animals, most of them local groups performing animal sheltering or rescue work. Of all charitable giving in the United States, animals attract less than 1 percent, though the total dollars directed to the cause enable . . . 

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Why Your Actions Matter

By on December 20, 2007 in Companion Animals
Why Your Actions Matter

With so much misery that animals endure, it is sometimes difficult to see and to celebrate the change that is occurring. Yet the indicators of that change are all around us. And with every advance, we demonstrate the possibility of additional progress. We are finally seeing major gains on factory farming. We have the horse . . . 

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Fighting Puppy Mills Full-Force

Fighting Puppy Mills Full-Force

At The Humane Society of the United States, we are concentrating resources on some of the core problems that our nation confronts on animal protection—including factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, inhumane hunting practices, the exotic animal trade, and pet overpopulation and puppy mills. The puppy mill industry has been around for a long . . . 

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Talk Back: Puppy Pleas

By on December 18, 2007 in Companion Animals

Readers responded with a slew of comments to our investigation of Pets of Bel Air, which exposed the store’s deceitful tactics and reinforced the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. Among the commentary: The puppy mill/inhumane breeder issue is out there for all to see but I still come across people who insist on . . . 

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Compass Charts A New Course

By on December 18, 2007 in Farm Animals
Compass Charts A New Course

The movement to ban battery cages had its single biggest moment yesterday as Compass Group—the world’s largest food service provider, which services hospitals, corporations, universities, even the U.S. House of Representatives and Microsoft—announced that it would in time sell eggs only from cage-free sources. In its first phase, the company will start purchasing half of . . . 

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