Archive for June, 2012

Foie Gras Ban About to Take Effect in California

By on June 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
Foie Gras Ban About to Take Effect in California

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.    

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Talk Back: There’s Still Hope for Hens

By on June 28, 2012 in Farm Animals
Talk Back: There’s Still Hope for Hens

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 . . . 

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Learn, Network, and Re-Engage for Animals at TAFA

Learn, Network, and Re-Engage for Animals at TAFA

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 . . . 

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Adoption Story: Pit Bull Goes from Fighting Ring to Loving Home

By on June 26, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care
Adoption Story: Pit Bull Goes from Fighting Ring to Loving Home

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 . . . 

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Time to Call Off the Hounds in California

By on June 25, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Time to Call Off the Hounds in California

A California Assembly committee should pass S.B. 1221 tomorrow, a bill to ban the inhumane and unsporting practice of hunting bears and bobcats with hounds. That practice inevitably leads to fights between dogs and their quarry.

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Animal Fighting Progress in the Senate, and More News on the Legislative Front

Animal Fighting Progress in the Senate, and More News on the Legislative Front

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 . . . 

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Meat on the Menu, But Not the Agenda, at Rio?

By on June 20, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Meat on the Menu, But Not the Agenda, at Rio?

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?

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Senate Farm Bill Throws Animal Welfare Under the Bus

Senate Farm Bill Throws Animal Welfare Under the Bus

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.

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Cockfighting Bust in California Seizes Hundreds of Birds, Cache of Fighting Equipment

By on June 18, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care
Cockfighting Bust in California Seizes Hundreds of Birds, Cache of Fighting Equipment

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.

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A Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

A Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence

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 . . . 

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