Archive for June, 2012
California’s ban on selling foie gras from force-fed animals–passed by state lawmakers in 2004, and signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger–takes effect after more than a seven-year grace period for diners and for the state’s one producer, Sonoma Foie Gras.
I wrote recently about an important lost opportunity in the Senate as certain lawmakers, working on behalf of the meat industry, worked to block our egg industry reform amendment from consideration when the farm bill came to the Senate floor. The Senate did ultimately allow consideration of an amendment―from Sens. David Vitter, Maria Cantwell, and . . .
From July 27-30, 2012, animal advocates from around the nation will come together in Washington, D.C., to sharpen their skills and knowledge at our Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference. This is one of the best training and teaching conferences offered in our movement, and it is The HSUS that puts on the show. At . . .
I love redemption stories. Last summer, I wrote about our Animal Rescue Team helping to rescue dogs from two fighting rings in North Carolina. It was a blazing hot day, and most of the animals were chained outside in the woods. The HSUS and Hello Bully set up an emergency shelter and cared for these . . .
Two days ago, I wrote―with barely contained indignation―about members of the Senate declining to take up two key animal welfare amendments during floor consideration of the farm bill. One amendment, from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mirrored the language of S. 3239/H.R. 3798, the vitally important legislation to phase out confinement of more than 250 million . . .
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has highlighted animal agriculture as “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems.” Why is meat so rarely on the agenda at international events on climate change and sustainable development?
Last night, the Senate approved an agreement to allow a finite number of amendments to the farm bill, and all measures related to animal welfare were excluded from consideration.
Last week, The HSUS’s’ Animal Rescue Team deployed to Tulare County, Calif., to help bust what appears to be one of the largest distributors in the United States of knives, gaffs, and other equipment used for illegal cockfighting.
Thanks to one dog’s heroism and a community’s outpouring of support, victims fleeing violent homes no longer have to choose between seeking safety for themselves or protecting their pets. Joe Maxwell, former Lieutenant Governorof Missouri and The HSUS’s Director of RuralDevelopment and Outreach, with "Hank"photo: Amanda Good In a blog post this March, I told . . .