Archive for July, 2012

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

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 . . . 

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Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

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 . . . 

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Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

By on July 27, 2012 in Farm Animals
Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

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 . . . 

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Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

By on July 26, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

In the Washington, D.C. area, we have a program called Humane Wildlife Services that works with homeowners to resolve conflicts they have with small critters. Here’s a video about one success story with a raccoon mother and her babies.

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Saving Pets

Saving Pets

Over the last six months, our shelter services team has provided free training and guidance to shelter professionals at more than 300 shelters around the nation, including visiting shelters in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, and other states.

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Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

By on July 24, 2012 in Companion Animals
Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

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 . . . 

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A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

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 . . . 

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Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

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 . . . 

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For Sale in the United States: Domestic Dog Fur

For Sale in the United States: Domestic Dog Fur

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 . . . 

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‘Death at SeaWorld’ Highlights Growing Movement against Keeping Orcas in Captivity

‘Death at SeaWorld’ Highlights Growing Movement against Keeping Orcas in Captivity

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 . . . 

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