Archive for February, 2009

Talk Back: Leona’s Last Wish

By on February 27, 2009 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized

Yesterday’s blog prompted a flood of comments from those of you who shared my disappointment about the decision allowing Leona Helmsley's trustees to set aside her declared interest in seeing the money used for the care and welfare of dogs, in favor of other causes they themselves will specify. This news underscores the crucial importance . . . 

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Helmsley’s estate going to the dogs? Maybe not

By on February 26, 2009 in Companion Animals
Helmsley’s estate going to the dogs? Maybe not

She wanted her money to go toward dog protection work. There isn’t any doubt about it. Yesterday afternoon, waiting to board a flight out of Tennessee, I received the disconcerting news that a Surrogate’s Court judge in New York had ruled that the trustees of the Leona Helmsley Charitable Trust were not legally bound to . . . 

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Fixing Pet Overpopulation

Fixing Pet Overpopulation

Yesterday we celebrated Spay Day, marking the 15th anniversary of this annual campaign founded by the Doris Day Animal League. More than 500 events were held yesterday and throughout February—both across the country (in all 50 states and the District of Columbia) and across the world, with more than 16 countries participating—to provide discounted or . . . 

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Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger

Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger

One of The HSUS’s most important functions is to spotlight decision-making—sound and unsound. We single out leadership on behalf of animals to show what’s right. And we highlight bad conduct to debunk flawed thinking and promote accountability. Two very different people deserve the attention for actions they took yesterday—Madeleine Pickens for her good instincts, and . . . 

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What Happens in Vegas Won’t Stay in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Won’t Stay in Vegas

The HSUS organizes most of the animal protection movement’s marquee events. Right now we’re gearing up for our Genesis Awards in Los Angeles, we’ve just opened registration for the Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington, D.C. in July, and we’re working full-tilt to prepare for our Animal Care Expo, April 6-9 in Las Vegas. . . . 

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Retiring the Rabbits

By on February 20, 2009 in Animal Research and Testing
Retiring the Rabbits

Yesterday we took a giant stride forward on the issue of animal testing, specifically skin irritancy testing on animals. For more than 60 years, testing for skin irritation has involved locking groups of rabbits into full-body restraints while cosmetics, pesticides, and other chemicals are applied without pain relief to shaved skin on the animals’ back . . . 

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Talk Back: Turmoil Over Travis

As the lurid and unsettling details of the chimpanzee attack on 55-year-old Charla Nash come to light, it is so obvious that we need better and more complete state and federal laws to stop the trade in wild animals as pets, specifically the larger animals with sharp teeth or claws and predatory instincts. Travis was . . . 

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Talk Back: Puppies, Patriots, Downturn and Dairy

More than ever, animals are in the news, and the items that I’ve written about on the blog are attracting your comments and observations. Many readers had much to say about our latest puppy mill raid, in North Carolina, where we saved nearly 300 dogs. Yes, we absolutely agree: the puppy mill industry is out . . . 

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Five Fatal Lessons From Chimp Attack

Five Fatal Lessons From Chimp Attack

I feel like we at The HSUS are constantly reminding policy makers, animal-use industries, and regular people about mind-numbingly reckless behavior when it comes to our treatment of animals—whether it’s dragging sick or crippled “downer cows” into slaughterhouses for human consumption, dosing animals on factory farms with human-grade antibiotics that result in the development of . . . 

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Happy Cows in California?

By on February 13, 2009 in Farm Animals
Happy Cows in California?

Last year, thanks to an HSUS investigation that exposed the gross mistreatment of spent dairy cows too sick and injured to walk at a California slaughter plant, we were again reminded that California is not the land of happy cows, despite the multi-million dollar advertising campaign. Well today, we’re blowing the whistle on another industry . . . 

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