Archive for December, 2008

With Unwavering Resolve

With Unwavering Resolve

Winston Churchill: "When we face with a steady eye the difficulties which lie before us, we may derive new confidence from remembering those we have already overcome." Wise words by which to anticipate this New Year. As 2009 beckons, we understand there are mountains still to climb.  Greed, selfishness, callousness, and indifference are still the . . . 

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2008: A Look Back

2008: A Look Back

I’ve had the privilege of being president of The HSUS for short of five years now.  I had hoped, in taking the post, that I could enhance the organization’s reputation as a powerful, mainstream force for animal protection—a force that could take on the major forms of institutionalized cruelty and achieve results that made a . . . 

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Set the Table for Change

Set the Table for Change

A few weeks ago, President-elect Barack Obama announced that former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack would be his selection for Agriculture Secretary, disappointing at least some of the interest groups focused on a food reform agenda for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and continuing his pattern of highly conventional and predictable selections for cabinet posts.  We’ve . . . 

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Eyes on the Sparrow

By on December 24, 2008 in Uncategorized
Eyes on the Sparrow

Last year, The HSUS launched its Animals and Religion program—a campaign that calls upon religious people to put faith into action.  All of the world’s major religions speak to our responsibilities to animals, and we at The HSUS have not invented this concern, but reminded them of their own powerful traditions. Since animals’ lives are . . . 

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Gray, with a Silver Lining

Gray, with a Silver Lining

I celebrate the people who go to shelters or rescue groups to adopt any homeless dog or cat. It’s an act of love and kindness. But I have a special place in my heart for people who adopt senior pets. These dogs or cats may have a few flecks of gray, and may not be . . . 

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Horse Slaughtergate

By on December 22, 2008 in Equine
Horse Slaughtergate

Six-time Genesis Awards-winner Brad Woodard, an investigative reporter for the CBS television affiliate in Houston, is on top of the horse slaughter industry again. Last week, he aired an investigative story that reminded us of the continuing problems of slaughter, exposing again the propaganda of the Belgian companies and their allies at the center of . . . 

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Safety Testing 2.0

By on December 19, 2008 in Animal Research and Testing
Safety Testing 2.0

The Humane Society of the United States is proud to partner with Procter & Gamble for the third consecutive year in bestowing the North American Alternatives Awards. It is a symbol of our common commitment to eliminate animal testing for consumer product safety, while ensuring that marketed products are safe for consumers and the environment

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Talk Back: Humane Pride

By on December 18, 2008 in Companion Animals

Since I posted my blog on Monday about last week’s three major HSUS field operations, your comments have been rolling in. I wanted to share some of them today: I am so heartened by the work you do on behalf of all living beings. You are organized, informed, and smart about how you go about . . . 

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A Look Ahead: Obama’s Ag and Interior Chiefs

A Look Ahead: Obama’s Ag and Interior Chiefs

Today, in his regular blog "Animals & Politics," my colleague Michael Markarian posted a blog well worth reading about today's announcement by President-elect Barack Obama on his latest cabinet selections: former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary and current U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar from Colorado for Interior Secretary. I join in Mike's congratulations to . . . 

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Bush’s Toxic Changes

By on December 16, 2008 in Farm Animals
Bush’s Toxic Changes

In its waning days, the Bush Administration is racing against the clock to grease the skids for the factory farming industry. The Administration has always been aligned with Big Agriculture, but these new regulations are an astonishing abdication of the government’s regulatory responsibility. The Obama Administration will have to contend with these pernicious moves and . . . 

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