Archive for February, 2012

Talk Back: Celebrating McDonald’s Move to Help Pigs

By on February 29, 2012 in Farm Animals
Talk Back: Celebrating McDonald’s Move to Help Pigs

Earlier this month, I shared the news that McDonald’s, the largest restaurant chain in the world, announced its intention to acquire pork for its U.S. locations only from pigs who weren't bred using gestation crates. Just a few days later, Bon Appétit Management Company announced that it will reach that goal by 2015. Major suppliers . . . 

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A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to ban the trade in nine species of large, constricting snakes, a bill strongly backed by The HSUS.

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Give ‘Dr. Evil’ a Taste of His Own Medicine

Give ‘Dr. Evil’ a Taste of His Own Medicine

Notorious Washington, D.C. lobbyist Rick Berman is taking aim again at our campaigns to combat animal cruelty. One of his front groups―something he calls "HumaneWatch"―aired a TV ad during last night’s Academy Awards attacking The Humane Society of the United States. He doesn’t attack us because we are ineffective―but precisely the opposite, because he knows . . . 

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Progress against Selling Pets for Invasive Experiments

By on February 24, 2012 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Progress against Selling Pets for Invasive Experiments

Class B dealers are middlemen who round up dogs and cats from animal shelters, auctions, and other “random sources,” then sell them to research laboratories for experiments. But we’re seeing encouraging signs that their numbers are dwindling.

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Working for Animal Welfare in North Carolina

Working for Animal Welfare in North Carolina

I’m in North Carolina this week, speaking at public events for The Bond, touring the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, visiting animal shelters, and meeting so many advocates committed to animal protection. North Carolina is a state at a crossroads with respect to animal welfare.

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Time for Top California Wildlife Commissioner to Step Down

By on February 22, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Time for Top California Wildlife Commissioner to Step Down

Daniel Richards, president of California’s Fish and Game Commission, reportedly paid $7,000 for a guided mountain lion hunt in northern Idaho and, with the help of hounds, shot a large cougar out of a tree. California voters have twice rejected mountain lion hunting.

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Bon Appétit Adopts Strong Farm Animal Welfare Measures

By on February 21, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy
Bon Appétit Adopts Strong  Farm Animal Welfare Measures

Bon Appetit, which runs more than 400 dining operations for corporations, universities, museums, and specialty venues in 31 states, is announcing the rollout of the food service industry’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare policy to date.

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Humane Population Management – For Horses and Other Mammals

By on February 17, 2012 in Equine, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Humane Population Management – For Horses and Other Mammals

In what may be a historic step to protect wild horses, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the registration of the first contraceptive vaccine for horses in the United States.

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Talk Back: Working Together to Help Hens

By on February 15, 2012 in Farm Animals
Talk Back: Working Together to Help Hens

Yesterday, the New York Times joined other major newspapers in urging Congress to enact a federal bill to phase out barren battery cages for egg-laying hens. Here are a few of your comments on the bill, and more information about why this reform is so crucial.

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Horse Diving Act Belongs Only in the History Books

By on February 14, 2012 in Equine
Horse Diving Act Belongs Only in the History Books

Horse diving became popular in Atlantic City in the 1920s―with horses forced to walk up to the end of an elevated platform, which then drops and sends them plummeting 30 to 40 feet into a tank of water. The owners of the Atlantic City Steel Pier have announced a plan to bring back this cruel attraction.

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