Archive for December, 2009

Because of You

Because of You

We are a powerful, mainstream force because of you. And as the year turns in a few hours, it is the right time for me to say “thank you.”

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Abusing More than Animals

By on December 30, 2009 in Farm Animals
Abusing More than Animals

Yesterday “The New York Times” published a story by Henry Fountain, reporting from Texas, about how mega-dairies there generate hundreds of millions of pounds of waste—150 pounds of manure and urine per cow per day—that “can upset neighbors and pollute the atmosphere.” The noxious gasses produced by the massive manure pits may do more than rankle the neighbors and keep them inside, though. It may also make them sick.

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2009 Blog Favorites

Yesterday, I identified the top 10 animal stories of the decade. Today, I leave the subjectivity aside, and report to you on the top 10 blogs of the year, as measured by click-throughs on our website. As you can see, my controversial decision to put convicted dogfighting felon Michael Vick to work speaking to at-risk youth . . . 

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Top 10 Animal Stories of the Last Decade

Top 10 Animal Stories of the Last Decade

The run up to any new year provides an opportunity for a look back. But now that we are turning into 2010, it’s an opportunity to conduct a longer-term review of the major events and trends of the last decade (though one might argue the end of 2010 is a more suitable marker). It’s no easy task . . . 

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2009 Bookshelf Favorites (Plus a Few for the New Year)

By on December 23, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
2009 Bookshelf Favorites (Plus a Few for the New Year)

I’ve always thought that to be a well-rounded animal advocate it’s important to spend time reading books. Because human-animal questions touch on so many different disciplines—politics, law, culture, history, sociology, and so many different fields of science—it is important not to limit study to just the identified literature within our field. But it has been . . . 

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Survivor Stories: Starved Mustang Now Shines

By on December 22, 2009 in Animal Rescue and Care, Equine
Survivor Stories: Starved Mustang Now Shines

Thistle was one of nearly 200 emaciated mustangs we helped to rescue in rural Nebraska earlier this year, found in dire straits among dozens of horses who had already starved to death.

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2009 Report Card for Obama Administration

2009 Report Card for Obama Administration

I summarize the major actions of the Obama Administration in a Report Card, providing a summary of both the actions helpful and inimical to animal protection. For the year to date, we give the Administration a B minus on its activities.

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Doing Well by Doing Good

By on December 18, 2009 in Uncategorized
Doing Well by Doing Good

People will see your character in the company you keep, the words you say, and the causes you serve.

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Animal U: Join Us at Humane Society University

By on December 17, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Animal U: Join Us at Humane Society University

This year, our educational affiliate, Humane Society University, became the first higher education institution exclusively devoted to providing academic curriculum in animal protection studies.

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Time to Get the Lead Out of Ammunition

By on December 16, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Time to Get the Lead Out of Ammunition

There’s just no excuse for the discharge of any lead ammunition in our day and age.

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