Archive for April, 2010

Stamp Out Pet Overpopulation

Stamp Out Pet Overpopulation

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.

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Driving Down Animal Fighting With New Mobile Crimes Lab

Driving Down Animal Fighting With New Mobile Crimes Lab

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.

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Hunting Coyotes with Greyhounds: A Cruel Blood Sport

Hunting Coyotes with Greyhounds: A Cruel Blood Sport

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.

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A Rescued Dog’s Happy Dance

A Rescued Dog’s Happy Dance

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 . . . 

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Whale of a Problem: Captive Marine Mammals

By on April 26, 2010 in Uncategorized
Whale of a Problem: Captive Marine Mammals

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 . . . 

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Talk Back: Supreme Court Ruling Raises Ire

Talk Back: Supreme Court Ruling Raises Ire

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.

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Earth Day Actions to Help Animals and the Environment

Earth Day Actions to Help Animals and the Environment

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.

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Take Four: Good News from Va., Calif., Hawaii and Alaska

By on April 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
Take Four: Good News from Va., Calif., Hawaii and Alaska

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.

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Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Animal Cruelty Law

By on April 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Animal Cruelty Law

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 . . . 

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Setting a New, Humane Standard for Wildlife Solutions

By on April 19, 2010 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Setting a New, Humane Standard for Wildlife Solutions

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 . . . 

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