Archive for August, 2010
Just four months ago, I traveled to Des Moines for a press conference to announce the findings of The HSUS’s latest investigations into the living conditions of hens within industrial agribusiness. Undercover investigators from The HSUS looked at two egg factory farms—two of the three largest operations in the nation, both located in Iowa—and found . . .
Last Thursday, the Park County Prosecutor’s Office and the local sheriff’s department called The HSUS to help with a case involving 150 cats in a home. Cats were everywhere — living in couches, above the ceiling, outside of the home, and in practically every other nook and cranny of the residence.
It was five years ago Sunday that Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, with the waves and winds thrashing this vulnerable region. It was a calamity of monumental proportions for the people and animals of the region. And for those of us who deployed to the Gulf Coast, the images still flood into our minds—the . . .
Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of you have contacted the federal Bureau of Land Management, encouraging the agency to impose an immediate moratorium on the senseless wild horse gathers being conducted on our public lands. Saving America’s MustangsAdopted mustang Pony Express and Madeleine. BLM seems resolved to continue toward its goal of . . .
The current recall of more than a half billion eggs is the largest U.S. food recall since our investigation of rampant cruelty at a California dairy cow slaughter plant triggered the recall of 143 million pounds of meat in 2008. Both events vividly illustrate how the mistreatment of animals can have serious public health implications.
On Monday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released the findings from its mandatory investigation of the death of long-time trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. OSHA issued three safety violations to SeaWorld, including one willful citation — for exposing its employees to potentially injurious or fatal hazards by allowing them to interact with its captive orcas without sufficient protection.
Today, the Associated Press broke the story that the infamous practice of bear baying is alive and well in South Carolina. An HSUS undercover investigator documented bear baying at several locations in rural areas, and it appears that South Carolina is the only state in the nation to allow this cruelty.
The HSUS works to reduce suffering and create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. Today I share some of your . . .
At the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is run by The HSUS and The Fund for Animals, the front gate reads “I have nothing to fear, and here my story ends. My troubles are all over, and I am at home.” Drawn from the last lines of Anna Sewell’s novel “Black Beauty,” this inscription . . .
Some of the biggest hunting rights advocates have had their brushes with the law when it comes to illegal wildlife killing. This week, law enforcement nabbed a big buck within the hunting rights field: Rocker Ted Nugent pled no contest in a California court to poaching activities.