Archive for April, 2011
Today, our Animal Rescue Team and equine experts are in eastern Maryland saving more than 130 Polish Arabian horses suffering from severe neglect. We found many emaciated horses lacking adequate food and suffering from serious parasite infestations and overgrown hooves.
The battle over puppy mills and factory farms rages today. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon just signed SB 113 to repeal Prop B, and lawmakers in Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota are trying to make it illegal to document cruelty at farms and puppy mills.
Seventeen horses who survived a crash on their way to a slaughterhouse are safe after Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue and The HSUS worked to secure their release. One of the mares was pregnant and recently gave birth to a healthy foal.
The Internet is rife with outrage over a mobile app that simulates the experience of raising dogs to fight and setting them against one another. We must exhibit a zero-tolerance policy for this branding of dogfighting as a socially acceptable enterprise.
Last year, The HSUS cared for 200 dogs from a suspected fighting operation in Ohio and worked to place many of the animals with rescue groups across the country. A mother dog from the “Ohio 200” recently found a new home through Casa Del Toro Pit Bull Rescue.
One of the biggest dog welfare issues is the reckless breeding of purebred dogs, which produces an incredible laundry list of inherited disorders, congenital health problems, and welfare concerns for the animals. The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy will tackle the subject at a conference from April 28-29.
Rabbit aficionado Adam Goldfarb, the director of HSUS’s Pets at Risk program, explains why bunnies don’t belong in your Easter basket, though they can be great companions if you decide you’re ready to adopt.
Yesterday, a “compromise” on Missouri’s Prop B was announced between some traditional political adversaries. The HSUS, the ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society don’t believe that the arrangement reached yesterday adequately protects the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.