Archive for February, 2010
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Yesterday, Spay Day celebrated its sweet sixteen. Animal advocates organized more than 600 events nationwide, with local animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, veterinarians, and others providing spay/neuter services, raising funds for that purpose, and educating the community about the importance of sterilization as a means of reducing euthanasia.
Published on the final day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, my blog about the BBC documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” and increasing concerns about the health and welfare consequences of current breeding practices in the world of dog fancying, drew a variety of responses.
A proper definition of staged animal fighting would logically include the barbaric practice of fox penning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took a major step forward yesterday toward stopping coyote and fox pens in that state.
Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in a major raid of a suspected cockfighting operation in Yucaipa, Calif. John Goodwin, our manager for Animal Fighting Issues, gives a first-hand account.
Tonight, at the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, judges will crown the canine who is “Best in Show.” At one level, dog lovers cannot help but enjoy this pageant featuring these finely coiffed and well trained dogs, who have been groomed in more ways than one for the biggest public performance of their . . .
Many thanks to readers for the expressions of support and outpouring of donations to The HSUS in response to my blog exposing the misnamed “Center for Consumer Freedom.” Meanwhile, you expressed enthusiasm for the launch of the ballot initiative in Ohio and outrage about the treatment of dairy cows after watching an exposé on ABC News’ Nightline.