Archive for February, 2008

Greed vs. Good Sense

By on February 29, 2008 in Farm Animals
Greed vs. Good Sense

Yesterday was a big day for farm animals. © USDA First, Californians for Humane Farms—a statewide ballot initiative committee that The HSUS helped to create—turned in to the state of California nearly 800,000 signatures in support of a prospective November 2008 petition to phase out veal and gestation crates and battery cages. Because we eclipsed . . . 

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Talk Back: Calls for Reform

By on February 28, 2008 in Farm Animals

I am heading over to Capitol Hill now to testify at a U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing, which was called to discuss the recent HSUS investigation into cruelty to downed dairy cows at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the subsequent beef recall, and USDA oversight issues (to watch a live broadcast of the hearing, click here). These . . . 

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Young Voices Heard

By on February 27, 2008 in Farm Animals
Young Voices Heard

Young advocates are a powerful force in our movement. We saw evidence of this last week, when two teenage boys testified at an Oregon Senate hearing to help toughen penalties for dogfighting. Oregon State Rep. Brian Clem said it best to the Statesman Journal: "This is the greatest thing. The advocacy from these students will . . . 

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Day to Spay

By on February 26, 2008 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Day to Spay

Today is Spay Day USA, and it’s our biggest series of events and promotions urging people to spay and neuter pets as a means of reducing and eventually eliminating euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals. This year’s Spay Day—which is really spread over a month’s time and is a product of our union with the . . . 

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Condemned

By on February 25, 2008 in Farm Animals
Condemned

The Wall Street Journal reports on its front page today that the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., with annual revenues of about $100 million, is expected to permanently shut down as a result of the fallout from The HSUS investigation into the dairy cow slaughter plant’s operations. "I don’t see any way we can reopen," the . . . 

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Smoke and Mirrors

By on February 22, 2008 in Farm Animals
Smoke and Mirrors

Newly appointed Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer was just on his second day at the job when The HSUS released the results of our investigation into a southern California slaughter plant that had made its core business the slaughter of "spent" dairy cows. Obviously, any missteps from the USDA in its oversight of the Hallmark/Westland Meat . . . 

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Talk Back: Systemic Cruelty

By on February 22, 2008 in Farm Animals

As reaction to The HSUS’s investigation at Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. and news of the massive recall of beef from the plant continues to reverberate, readers continue to write in. Among the comments we received: Thank you to The HSUS for all your hard work with the investigation of Hallmark. I am sickened to the very . . . 

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Cycle of Violence

By on February 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
Cycle of Violence

For humanitarians, the resurgence of dogfighting in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, which had suppressed such activities, was a terrible irony. Last Sunday, that irony gave way to tragedy as a suicide bomb attack took the lives of at least 80 people and an unspecified number of animals at a dogfighting event outside . . . 

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Constant Against Cruelty

By on February 20, 2008 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals

Your HSUS is big enough and strong enough to carry on the fight on multiple fields of battle.  We are still immersed in the follow-up to the hidden camera investigation that exposed appalling abuses of downed cows, the slaughter plant’s gross disregard for the law, and the gaps in the regulatory program at slaughter plants. . . . 

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Recall Recoil

By on February 19, 2008 in Farm Animals
Recall Recoil

It was President’s Day yesterday. But from my perspective, it was also a day of false assurances. See the undercover video that led to the recall. Arguably the top story across the country for the last two days has been the nation’s largest ever recall of beef, prompted by The HSUS’s long-term undercover investigation at . . . 

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