Archive for July, 2008

Major Props to California’s Prop 2

By on July 31, 2008 in Farm Animals
Major Props to California’s Prop 2

© istockphotoProp 2 will give farm animals room to turn around. When it comes to our dealings with animals, we are all on a pathway. Many of us deeply committed to the cause of protecting animals started out with no awareness of the problem of human-caused cruelty and abuse. But with more information and reflection, . . . 

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A Fighting Chance for Chicago Dogs

A Fighting Chance for Chicago Dogs

© Erica GreenPeople and dogs both learn inside a Chicago training class. Yesterday, I wrote about a few of our programs for companion animals—the wide range of services and activities we engage in to reduce euthanasia, to improve the operation of animal shelters across the nation, to foster the bond between people and their companions, . . . 

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Strengthening Shelters

By on July 29, 2008 in Companion Animals
Strengthening Shelters

When Fred Myers and his colleagues founded The Humane Society of the United States in the mid-1950s, one of their primary goals was to strengthen the network of local animal care organizations operating throughout the country, on the theory that “a rising tide lifts all boats.”  One of the first departments of the fledgling organization . . . 

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If These Walls Could Talk

By on July 28, 2008 in Farm Animals
If These Walls Could Talk

On Saturday, I stopped by the now-shuttered Hallmark/Westland Meat Company in Chino, Calif. As you remember, this was the facility where an HSUS undercover investigator documented appalling abuses of downer dairy cows, triggering a series of major reactions including the closure of the plant. HSUS footage broadcast abuse at Hallmark/Westland. The only person there was . . . 

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Your Yard Goes Grassroots

By on July 25, 2008 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Your Yard Goes Grassroots

Each of us can collectively make major strides for animals through individual efforts. Our dietary decisions, the products we purchase, our outreach to elected officials, hands-on work in our communities—cumulatively these actions and more add up to a powerful force in moving toward a more humane society. But you can also make a difference for . . . 

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Talk Back: Puppy Love

By on July 24, 2008 in Companion Animals

Over the last few weeks I’ve received three touching stories that I wanted to share with you about the bond we share with the companion animals in our lives, in this case dogs specifically. First this update arrived about one of the nearly 700 dogs we rescued from a Tennessee puppy mill: I just want . . . 

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Traumatic Training

By on July 23, 2008 in Farm Animals
Traumatic Training

© iStockphoto The U.S. Army takes pride in innovation—in its sophisticated weaponry, high-tech equipment, and protective armor. Yet one area in which the Army is failing to innovate is in training soldiers to provide emergency medical attention to wounded comrades on the battlefield. The latest example came last week, when the Associated Press reported that . . . 

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Sharks Through a Different Lens

Sharks Through a Different Lens

The remarkable Nigel Barker is exhibiting his photographs of seals this week at a studio in New York. But his compassion for animals extends to all animals, including sharks, and he’s a man willing to confront cruelty wherever it occurs. Last weekend, Nigel Barker joined some HSUS staff in Martha’s Vineyard, but he was not . . . 

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The Dr. Will Free You Now

By on July 21, 2008 in Uncategorized
The Dr. Will Free You Now

This weekend, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) hosted its annual convention, in New Orleans. After the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) proposed a resolution supporting a move away from the confinement of veal calves in tiny stalls, the AVMA House of Delegates referred the resolution to its Animal Welfare Committee, which will meet . . . 

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Stop Puppy Mills or Bust: Q&A with Jana Kohl

Stop Puppy Mills or Bust: Q&A with Jana Kohl

Jana Kohl started her trip across the nation six weeks ago in Los Angeles to promote her new book, "A Rare Breed of Love," the story of her adopted dog Baby, a three-legged puppy mill survivor. She’s concluding her tour Monday on the steps of the Capitol in a rally to raise awareness about the . . . 

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