Archive for March, 2008

Sea Lions be Dammed

Our team is still bracing itself and documenting the seal hunt on the ground in Canada and conveying to the world the absolute horror of this archaic slaughter. But even as we try to cope with the slaughter of baby seals in this nursery—a mass killing abetted by the government of Canada—we cannot relent in . . . 

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Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

Posted by Rebecca Aldworth Today I saw defenseless baby seals slaughtered without mercy on Canada’s ice floes. It is with a very heavy heart that I write this, following eight unbearable hours of bearing witness to the slaughter.  © The HSUS/Kathy MilaniA sealer, moments before clubbing a seal. I understand why the Canadian government has . . . 

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Unwanted Observers

Unwanted Observers

Posted by Rebecca Aldworth Once again, the Canadian government is doing everything in its power to block documentation of the commercial seal hunt. Today, as sealers maneuvered their vessels through the ice floes, searching out baby seals, our permitting nightmare continued. We received a call from fisheries officials at 10 a.m., informing us we would . . . 

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Talk Back: Sympathy for Seals

By on March 28, 2008 in Humane Society International

Readers have sounded off in the run-up to this year’s Canadian seal hunt. Among the comments we’ve received: Thank you, HSUS, for attempting to help create a seal watch industry. About 10 years ago, I had the privilege of traveling to the ice floes of Canada to see the mother seals and their pups, and . . . 

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No Cameras Permitted

No Cameras Permitted

I am heartsick about what’s about to occur in Canada—the slaughter of baby seals that is set to start tomorrow. But I am grateful for the presence of Nigel Barker and my HSUS colleagues who are there to document what occurs and to broadcast the images to the world. And I am especially grateful that . . . 

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Money Crunch Claims Pets

By on March 26, 2008 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Money Crunch Claims Pets

We at The HSUS have long argued that there’s a link between the fortunes of animals and other pressing social issues. When someone abuses an animal, for instance, it is often a precursor to other forms of violence to come. Or if a downer cow is abused and funneled into the food supply, there is . . . 

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Expressions of Affection

By on March 25, 2008 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Expressions of Affection

See a slideshow of the winning photos. When we put out the call for our Spay Day USA pet photo contest, I knew the competition would be brisk. But who would have thought more than 30,000 entries would be sent through humanesociety.org!  The grand prize winning photo beautifully captured the bond between a cat named . . . 

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Emergency Ready

Emergency Ready

Our Emergency Services team stands at the ready to respond to natural and human-made disasters. Last week’s floods In the Midwest prompted us to sound the alarm bell. Here’s a report from Missouri from Scotlund Haisley, our senior director of Emergency Services. We were answering a call in southern Missouri wading in three feet of . . . 

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Youth Hunters an Endangered Species

By on March 21, 2008 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Youth Hunters an Endangered Species

As a child, I had an instinctive fascination with animals. I had all of our encyclopedias dog-eared to the animal entries, and I could name most of the world’s major mammals by my early teens. As a young adult, one of the most memorable periods of my life was a four-month stint at Isle Royale . . . 

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Cockfighters Left Squawking

By on March 20, 2008 in Uncategorized
Cockfighters Left Squawking

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cockfighters. That’s the inescapable message sent during a rather remarkable week of enforcement activities throughout the nation against illegal animal fighters. Within the last week, there were at least six major cockfighting busts, including a two-year investigation coordinated by federal authorities that netted more than 60 . . . 

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