Archive for January, 2008

Slaughterhouse Shake-Up

By on January 31, 2008 in Farm Animals
Slaughterhouse Shake-Up

It’s been a hectic 24 hours since The HSUS released the results of a lengthy investigation into a California dairy cow slaughterhouse, operating under the banner of Hallmark Meat Packing and Westland Meat Co. (ironically honored as a USDA "supplier of the year" for 2004-2005). The Washington Post did the first reporting on the issue, . . . 

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Torture on Tape

By on January 30, 2008 in Farm Animals
Torture on Tape

In 2007, the term "waterboarding" entered into the American lexicon. I never thought that knowledge of the practice would inspire animal abusers, but that's exactly what's happened. An HSUS investigation we revealed today—as reported in The Washington Post—focused on the abuse of downed cows, unable to stand or walk, at a Chino, Calif. slaughterhouse. The . . . 

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Talk Back: Humane Mission

By on January 29, 2008 in Uncategorized

Readers commended 11-year-old Haley Ham of Tennessee who, after losing her two dogs to antifreeze poisoning, spearheaded the introduction of legislation to help prevent such a tragedy. Among the comments we received: Way to go Haley! Taking action through your pain took a lot of determination but because you persevered countless humans and animals will . . . 

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You Asked: Homes for Horses

By on January 29, 2008 in Equine
You Asked: Homes for Horses

Today I’d like to respond to a query that came in after last week’s blog about the National Call-In Day for Horses. Q. If people can’t afford to take care of their horses, besides slaughter and auction, what other avenues do they have? Just a question. There are not enough foster homes or adoption homes . . . 

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Meaterial Excess

By on January 28, 2008 in Farm Animals
Meaterial Excess

"Americans are downing close to 200 pounds of meat, poultry and fish per capita per year (dairy and eggs are separate, and hardly insignificant), an increase of 50 pounds per person from 50 years ago," wrote Mark Bittman yesterday, in a major piece in The New York Times' Week in Review section. He continued, "We . . . 

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Betrayal of Trust

By on January 25, 2008 in Uncategorized
Betrayal of Trust

There is always something that’s disturbed us more about cannibalism than mere homicide. In either circumstance, the victim is dead, but the consumption of the corpse multiplies the level of social disgust by a major factor. It not only offends our aesthetic senses, but also upends the notion of community. A civil society requires a . . . 

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From Tragedy to Triumph

From Tragedy to Triumph

Last month, 11-year-old Haley Ham of Tennessee wrote to us about her two beloved dogs, Sam and Jessie: "From the time I was 7 and he was just 8 weeks old, I knew Sam belonged to me. We were inseparable. Jessie was big and affectionate. He would follow me around the neighborhood and when I . . . 

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Sounding Off on Sonar

By on January 23, 2008 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Sounding Off on Sonar

In March 2000, the U.S. Navy conducted a mid-frequency sonar exercise in the Bahamas, and 16 whales turned up stranded on the beaches. It had been theorized for some years that the intense underwater sounds are responsible for marine mammal deaths, but the strandings provided compelling evidence of that impact. In the years following, the . . . 

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Make the Call for Horses

By on January 22, 2008 in Equine
Make the Call for Horses

If you are on our email list, this morning you may have received an alert about today’s National Call-In Day for Horses. I don’t have to tell you that this is a crucial time to make your voice heard. Our horses are being shipped to foreign slaughterhouses, enduring harrowing journeys and facing grisly, inhumane slaughter, . . . 

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All Bets Off

By on January 18, 2008 in Uncategorized
All Bets Off

We are in the thick of the presidential primaries, and no candidate has a lock on his or her party’s nomination. These next three weeks are likely to be decisive in the selection of the major party nominees, with more than 20 states conducting primaries on Feb. 5—so-called Super Tuesday. Elections for local, state, and . . . 

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