Archive for July, 2010

Ten Things You Missed at Taking Action for Animals 2010

By on July 30, 2010 in Animal Rescue and Care
Ten Things You Missed at Taking Action for Animals 2010

Last weekend nearly 1,000 advocates from across the nation came together for The HSUS’s sixth annual Taking Action for Animals, connecting with other advocates and learning how to make the best possible case for animal protection.

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Animal Crush Videos Make Comeback; Senate Must Act

By on July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized
Animal Crush Videos Make Comeback; Senate Must Act

Today, The HSUS released new information about gruesome animal crush videos that have made a comeback since the federal courts overturned the 1999 law Congress passed to ban their production and sale.

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Chimps Should Be Sent to Retirement, Not More Research

Chimps Should Be Sent to Retirement, Not More Research

Flo lives in a cage in a federal government facility in New Mexico. A life behind bars is not much of a life for a 52-year-old who has committed no crime, and that hardly says enough. But we thought Flo was relatively safe from an even worse fate. We thought that this elderly chimpanzee and . . . 

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Be Heard by BLM: Urge an End to Wild Horse Roundups

By on July 27, 2010 in Equine, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Be Heard by BLM: Urge an End to Wild Horse Roundups

Today, I need your action on another urgent concern — urging the Bureau of Land Management to stop the cruel and senseless roundups of wild horses and instead to develop humane, sustainable programs for managing the herds, such as fertility control through immunocontraception.

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Gaggle of Problems with N.Y. Plans to Kill Canada Geese

By on July 26, 2010 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Gaggle of Problems with N.Y. Plans to Kill Canada Geese

New York Times writer Isolde Raftery reported on Saturday of the plans by local, state, and federal officials to kill more than 150,000 Canada geese in New York state alone, presumably because some people see the birds as a nuisance. In our day, such plans for mass slaughter are wrong and unacceptable.

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Standing Up for Street Dogs in Baghdad and Beyond

Standing Up for Street Dogs in Baghdad and Beyond

In the United States, persistent euthanasia in shelters is the problem we all struggle to end. In developing countries, it is a different kind of killing — wholesale culling of dogs. The most urgent case comes from Baghdad, where Iraqi authorities have shot or poisoned well over 50,000 canines in a campaign targeting the city’s estimated street dog population of 1.2 million.

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Inside a Puppy Mill Rescue and Compulsive Hoarding

Inside a Puppy Mill Rescue and Compulsive Hoarding

The name Sea Breeze Kennels conjures up nothing but pleasant images. But as our Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force discovered, the facility by that name was anything but pleasant.

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U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

By on July 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

Animal crush videos are back and, next week, The HSUS will release details about their resurgence on the Web. By all appearances, this lurid and sickening commercial activity re-emerged from the shadows after two federal courts, most recently the U.S. Supreme Court in April, struck down as unconstitutional the 1999 federal law criminalizing the sale . . . 

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Replacing the “Guinea Pig”: Safer, Humane Chemical Tests

Replacing the “Guinea Pig”: Safer, Humane Chemical Tests

Last month, the Environmental Defense Fund and its partners in the campaign to reform U.S. law to regulate chemicals made an impassioned plea for American consumers not to be treated like “guinea pigs.” I’d like to remind our friends and colleagues in the environmental and consumer protection communities that advocates for animal protection—while respecting the interests of all animals and believing that none of them should be treated like disposable lab equipment—also care about protecting human health and the environment, and that we all must work together to achieve a future that is both safer and more humane.

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Lunch with a Leader, Next Steps in Ohio

By on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
Lunch with a Leader, Next Steps in Ohio

Sometimes the work of animal advocacy is tough. But today wasn’t that kind of day. My colleague Paul Shapiro and I were pleased to spend time with an incredible advocate, and to enjoy the hospitality and gourmet cuisine of Vegiterranean

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