Archive for March, 2009

Talk Back: Petland’s Predicament

By on March 31, 2009 in Companion Animals

Two weeks ago we announced a class action lawsuit alleging that Petland Inc. and the Hunte Corporation have conspired to sell unhealthy dogs to unsuspecting consumers. HSUS staff have been overwhelmed with hundreds of additional heartbreaking stories from Petland customers. We’ve recorded a video update on the case, and I also wanted to post some of your responses.

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A Rancher’s Critique of Animal Agriculture

By on March 30, 2009 in Uncategorized
A Rancher’s Critique of Animal Agriculture

Whether it was Wendell Berry or Wes Jackson, it’s nothing new to have ranchers and enthusiasts of living off the land offer strong critiques of factory farming. Traditional ranchers and other animal producers have always done things differently than factory farmers. But Nicolette Hahn Niman’s "Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory . . . 

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Talk Back: Seal Hunt, Puppy Mill Rescue

As world pressure mounts against the hunt, our ProtectSeals team remains in Canada to document the annual commercial seal kill and broadcast the cruelty across the world. So many of you have been moved by the reports sent back by Rebecca Aldworth and today I wanted to post some of your comments: I just finished . . . 

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How to Say Spay

By on March 26, 2009 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
How to Say Spay

Here in D.C., we are getting our first sightings of the messengers of spring—crocuses, daffodils, and songbirds, with cherry blossoms soon to come. But for animal shelters and rescues in D.C. and elsewhere throughout the nation, other harbingers of spring are baskets and boxes of homeless kittens and puppies being dropped off or found abandoned . . . 

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Hovering Over Hell

By on March 25, 2009 in Uncategorized
Hovering Over Hell

Rebecca Aldworth, our lead campaigner against Canada’s cruel slaughter of baby seals, has just returned from a difficult day of documenting the hunt. I asked her to share her thoughts, since it’s so important that we tell this story to the world. Here’s her report. Today was very hard. Sealers from the Magdalen Islands (map) . . . 

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From the Ice to Arkansas: Everywhere for Animals

From the Ice to Arkansas: Everywhere for Animals

With its strength and reach, The HSUS has the ability to fight battles on multiple fronts—taking on factory farming, the exotic pet trade, Petland and its puppy mill connection, the use of chimpanzees in research, animal fighting, and so much more. © The HSUSSealers begin the killing as the ProtectSeals team observes. Yesterday was a . . . 

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Give Me a Home Where the Wild Horses Roam

By on March 23, 2009 in Equine, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Give Me a Home Where the Wild Horses Roam

My friend Madeleine Pickens has been in the news recently with her passionate appeal to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take up her plan to create a sanctuary for thousands of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), within the Department of the Interior, continues its costly, . . . 

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Talk Back: Safety for Baby Seals, Downer Cattle

Talk Back: Safety for Baby Seals, Downer Cattle

From my perch at The HSUS, I see so much change for the good occurring for animals. Last week, I was beyond thrilled by the Russian government’s announcement to end the killing of baby seals in that country. Vladimir Putin the week before had signaled his disgust for the hunt, calling it a “bloody business,” . . . 

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An Afternoon with Horses

By on March 19, 2009 in Equine
An Afternoon with Horses

Today, I am in Pittsburgh at the Allegheny HYP Club to give a lecture on animal issues. I was invited by an old Yale college classmate, Matt Meade, who brought me to town. One of my other hosts is Karen Poirier, the president of the Allegheny HYP and a development officer at the Carnegie Museum . . . 

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Cockfighting: Banned and Busted

Cockfighting: Banned and Busted

About six months ago, Louisiana became the 50th state to ban cockfighting—an historic marker in our fight against malicious animal cruelty. On Saturday, Louisiana State Police raided the Little Bayou Club, a large cockfighting pit in the southwestern part of the state, charging 37 people and seizing more than 600 birds and $60,000—the first major . . . 

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