Archive for May, 2008

Talk Back: Relief for the Weary

By on May 30, 2008 in Farm Animals
Talk Back: Relief for the Weary

Almost everyone in America knows about The HSUS’s investigation of the Hallmark/Westland Meat Company—an undercover hidden camera inquiry that triggered the shutdown of the plant, the nation’s largest beef recall, the first-ever cruelty charges against slaughterhouse workers, and, just last week, an announcement from the USDA that it would ban any processing of downer cattle. . . . 

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A Vote for 20 Million Animals

By on May 29, 2008 in Farm Animals
A Vote for 20 Million Animals

© COKYou can support the California initiative as a volunteeror with a donation. This year, we’ve passed about 50 laws in the states already. And last week, we passed three major federal bills as amendments to the Farm Bill. But arguably one of the most important measures of the year for us is the Prevention . . . 

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An Icon of Animal Rescue

An Icon of Animal Rescue

Last Friday afternoon, HSUS staffers received an email update from Scotlund Haisley, our senior director of Emergency Services. On the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, we read about the incredible work our Emergency Services team has accomplished over the last few weeks—bringing animals from disaster to safety in Chile; the rescue and transport of . . . 

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Never At Rest for Animals

Never At Rest for Animals

The HSUS is in the news somewhere every day, and we expect continuing coverage because the moral urgency of our work demands constant exposure and then dialogue and then remediation. But regular attention is a relatively recent phenomenon for The HSUS and even for the broader cause. Not long ago, each press treatment of our . . . 

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Worth a Thousand Words

By on May 23, 2008 in Uncategorized
Worth a Thousand Words

You may already receive our quarterly magazine, All Animals. If you don’t, you’re missing out. The latest issue, landing in the mailboxes of HSUS members now, is our best yet. Chronicling our progress and challenges, All Animals reports on people making a difference for animals. Among a number of new enhancements to the magazine is . . . 

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Bear Facts on the NRA

By on May 22, 2008 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Bear Facts on the NRA

© USFWS Yesterday, I wrote about the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA). The group is all hat and no cattle. It has very few rank-and-file hunters as actual members, and it is a front group for economic interests with a stake in commerce related to specific hunting practices. That's why the group never finds a form . . . 

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Shot in the Foot

By on May 21, 2008 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Shot in the Foot

© iStockphoto It’s been a bad fortnight for the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. First, their petty-minded plan to subvert a collaborative effort by The HSUS and Meijer superstores to help pets by adding $5,000 to our Foreclosure Pets Grant Fund backfired. After Meijer inexplicably caved to this shell of an organization (USSA has very few members, . . . 

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No Downers, No Exceptions

By on May 20, 2008 in Farm Animals
No Downers, No Exceptions

USDA did what it had to do today. It was a moral and economic imperative. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced that his agency would implement a no-downer policy for cattle in the United States. It is long-awaited but welcome news, and it’s a direct reaction to the undercover hidden camera investigation The HSUS conducted at . . . 

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Humble Heroes

By on May 19, 2008 in Animal Rescue and Care
Humble Heroes

© iStockphoto The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines altruism as "unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others." Altruism is one of our best traits as humans, and it’s the emotional characteristic that is the engine of the animal protection movement. But it’s not uniquely human, and I wrote about its expression in animals some . . . 

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Out of the Ashes

By on May 16, 2008 in Companion Animals
Out of the Ashes

Our Emergency Services team consists of 18 full-time staff members, but we rely on hundreds and even thousands of trained volunteers and also cooperative relations with other groups and local, state, and federal agencies. We do not respond just to natural disasters, but to human-caused disasters as well, such as hoarding cases, puppy mills, and . . . 

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