Archive for April, 2010
I participated in a press conference this afternoon at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, Calif., with Ellen DeGeneres, who is co-owner of HALO, Purely for Pets; Petfinder.com founder Betsy Saul; Postal Service CFO Joseph Corbett, and AHA spokesperson Jone Bouman to unveil the new U.S. Postal Service social awareness stamp—Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet.
Yesterday The HSUS unveiled a powerful new tool to crack down on animal fighting criminals and other abusers — a fully outfitted Mobile Animal Crimes Lab equipped with the latest forensic gear to help law enforcement process crime scenes involving animal cruelty or fighting.
In Monday’s New York Times, Juliet Macur reported on an old form of abuse that most people had either never heard of in the first place or had assumed had simply faded away with the march of humanity and modern society: the use of greyhounds to chase and kill coyotes, as a form of sport hunting.
It’s a great outcome when The HSUS’s rescue work results in spontaneous dancing from animals. And that’s exactly how we read the behavior of one of the 225 dogs rescued from our latest intervention at a puppy mill. Kathy Milani/The HSUSSome of the more than 200 dogs rescued. Last Friday, our Emergency Services unit responded . . .
Tomorrow morning my colleague Naomi Rose, Ph.D., and a number of other experts will testify before a House subcommittee about the ethical and legal issues associated with keeping marine mammals in captivity so that people can watch them perform. The HSUSPhoto taken at SeaWorld Orlando's captive orca show. The 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act generally . . .
So many of you wrote in response to my blog about Tuesday’s adverse U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act. I am pleased to report that on Wednesday a bipartisan group of more than 50 lawmakers introduced a new, narrowly crafted bill, H.R. 5092, to make it a crime to sell videos of criminal animal crushing. We most urgently need you to ask your U.S. representative to support this new legislation.
As you celebrate Earth Day and explore the many ways to lessen your impact on the planet, consider these actions to help animals and the environment.
Yesterday, the big news was the setback delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court in ruling against our position in a constitutional challenge to the federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act. But there was much action on other fronts, and I wanted to mention four important advances this week.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt animals a serious blow in its ruling today, upholding an appellate court decision that invalidated the federal law banning the commercial sale of videos showing illegal and extreme acts of animal cruelty. The Court got hung up in a stream of hypothetical scenarios, imagining that the law as worded might . . .
It’s spring, and starlings, sparrows, and other cavity-nesting birds are probing the exhaust vents of homes and other buildings as part of their search for secure nesting sites. Raccoons, squirrels, bats, and other wild creatures are using attics and crawl spaces as safe havens in which to give birth and raise their young. When these . . .