Archive for July, 2012
U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a crime for an adult to attend or to bring a . . .
We’ve had a global setback on animal testing, and it’s critical we turn it around. A number of companies that were cruelty-free have suspended their policies in order to break into the lucrative cosmetics market in China, which is among a small handful of nations of the world that still require animal testing for cosmetics . . .
This week, North America’s largest food-service distributor, Sysco, became the latest major food company to take a stand against gestation crate confinement of pigs. Even more companies are sure to follow, as the food industry rebels against a widespread pork industry production practice. Rather than clean up its own house, the pork industry keeps telling . . .
You never know what will motivate someone to help animals. Our advocacy, education, and media outreach reaches millions of people and moves them to take action. But how do we bring new people to the cause of animal protection and to encourage them to get involved? Often our movement is strengthened by support from companies . . .
It’s especially painful to see people and places that purport to help animals do precisely the opposite. That’s what we discovered last week when The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control remove almost 300 dogs―mostly pit bull types―from poor conditions at a facility called Spindletop . . .
It was a big moment, earlier this year, when McDonald’s made a joint announcement with The HSUS that the best-known restaurant chain in the world would start the process of phasing out purchases of pork from producers who confine sows in gestation crates. We’ve seen similar announcements in the months since from a raft of . . .
More than a decade ago, The HSUS conducted an investigation in China and discovered a thriving trade in dogs and cats killed for their pelts, with the furs finding their way into trim on parkas, boots, and other outer-wear products sold in the United States and Europe. The investigation was a thunderbolt, felt around the . . .
Rough water continues to swirl around the normally placid pools at SeaWorld, which recently appealed an administrative law judge’s decision to uphold an OSHA safety violation citation against the theme park after the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando in February 2010. SeaWorld thinks its business model depends on . . .