Archive for May, 2012

Coming Together for Pets at Animal Care Expo

Coming Together for Pets at Animal Care Expo

I was so pleased last week to participate in The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, where more than 1,800 people from 40 different countries gathered in Las Vegas to get trained and to network for a single purpose: To save animals’ lives. One great purpose of The HSUS is to educate and train people within our . . . 

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Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them

Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them

To better ensure the future of the many canine heroes who have been invaluable as bomb detectors or otherwise served in Iraq and Afghanistan, champions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsored the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act to improve current laws on the return of military working dogs.

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HSUS 2011 Annual Report Released Here

HSUS 2011 Annual Report Released Here

We’ve just released our 2011 annual report online highlighting our activities and accomplishments during that year. Illustrated with a new infographic, the report shows why there’s no animal protection group in the world quite like The HSUS. Let me tell you why I make that claim: We have an unmatched depth and breadth of programs . . . 

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Help Our Feathered Friends: Hen Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

Help Our Feathered Friends: Hen Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

Today, the Senate companion to H.R. 3798 was introduced: legislation to codify the agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to begin the process of banning the barren battery cage in the United States.

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News on Exotic Animals, Horse Soring, and Hounding of Bears and Bobcats

By on May 23, 2012 in Equine
News on Exotic Animals, Horse Soring, and Hounding of Bears and Bobcats

There’s major news on three fronts where The HSUS has been demanding reform and new protections for animals. More specifically, in all three cases we are seeing substantial progress and newfound awareness on topics that The HSUS has long campaigned on, and I am excited to report the details to you. Ohio and dangerous exotic . . . 

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Turning the Tide Against Puppy Mills

By on May 22, 2012 in Companion Animals
Turning the Tide Against Puppy Mills

Recently, I blogged about exciting news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would propose a rule requiring large-scale puppy mills and kitten mills selling pets online, by phone, or by mail to be licensed and inspected for basic standards of care. This is a reform we’ve been working to achieve for two decades, and now . . . 

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Abuses Are Rampant in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

By on May 21, 2012 in Equine
Abuses Are Rampant in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry

Shelbyville Farm Center division manager Joe Green, Sr. told The Tennessean, in a story published today, that last Wednesday night’s report on ABC’s Nightline exposing illegal training practices within the show world for Tennessee walking horses painted “a bad picture.” “The good guys have tried so hard to make it right, then that bad guy . . . 

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Shortly After Cruelty Allegations, Tyson Foods Calls for Pizza Party

By on May 18, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy
Shortly After Cruelty Allegations, Tyson Foods Calls for Pizza Party

After first denying connection to the factory farm, Tyson Foods severed its relationship with Wyoming Premium Farms after an HSUS investigation documented appalling cruelty to pigs. A spokesman for the world’s second-largest meat producer publicly declared that the treatment of the animals was “deplorable.” Good for Tyson Foods. But a somewhat less public announcement provides perhaps a more . . . 

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Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry

By on May 17, 2012 in Equine, Investigations
Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry

Today, HSUS representatives are in Tennessee to release a powerful undercover investigation video that exposes animal abuse in the Tennessee walking horse industry, as practiced by one of its most infamous trainers, Jackie McConnell. I wrote about this investigation earlier this year, but we chose not to release the video until now. Last night, ABC’s . . . 

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HSUS Breaks Investigation Today of Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner

HSUS Breaks Investigation Today of Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner

Today, CBS This Morning broke news of another HSUS undercover investigation―this one focusing on perhaps the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, GW Exotic Animal Park in central Oklahoma.

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