Archive for September, 2012

Talk Back: A Good Week for Pigs, Chimpanzees, Bears, and Hounds

Talk Back: A Good Week for Pigs, Chimpanzees, Bears, and Hounds

Take the pledge to help more pigs. It’s been a week filled with meaningful achievements on the animal protection front. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than a half-dozen animal protection bills backed by The HSUS, including a ban on hound hunting of bears and bobcats. Three major food companies–ConAgra Foods, Dunkin' Donuts, and Chili’s–made . . . 

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Bringing Hope to 139 Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Birds in North Carolina

By on September 27, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Equine
Bringing Hope to 139 Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Birds in North Carolina

There’s never a respite for our Animal Rescue Team. This Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States’ ART helped animal control officers and local groups in Person County, N.C., save more than 130 animals from miserable conditions in a hoarding situation. Roberta Wall, co-founder of Susie's Law, helping with the rescue. Kimberley Alboum, our . . . 

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Victory: California Gov. Brown Signs Bill to End Hounding of Bears and Bobcats

By on September 26, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Victory: California Gov. Brown Signs Bill to End Hounding of Bears and Bobcats

I just learned that Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon has signed S.B. 1221 into law–to ban the unsporting and inhumane practice of hound hunting of black bears and bobcats in California. I am so thankful to the governor for his support, and grateful to the 68 California Assembly and Senate members who backed the bill, . . . 

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More Progress on Gestation Crates, and Uncovering the ‘Ham Scam’

More Progress on Gestation Crates, and Uncovering the ‘Ham Scam’

It is an axiom in the world of business management that “the customer is always right.” The pork sector apparently doesn’t subscribe to that principle. The industry’s leadership continues to deride its biggest buyers, most of which are declaring that they want to eliminate gestation crate confinement of pigs in their supply chains. Case in . . . 

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Reckless Bill in Congress Would Harm Polar Bears and the Environment

Reckless Bill in Congress Would Harm Polar Bears and the Environment

Make no mistake, there’s a lot of support for animal issues in the U.S. Congress. The anti-animal fighting bill, H.R. 2492, making it a federal crime to be a spectator at animal fights has 226 cosponsors (a majority of the House), and the Senate version of that bill was approved as an amendment by an . . . 

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110 Chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center Will Be Safe from Testing

110 Chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center Will Be Safe from Testing

Today, we received a telling sign that the United States will soon see the end of invasive experiments on chimpanzees, bringing to a close a long, sad, and inhumane chapter in the history of American science and public health. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke with me this morning . . . 

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Clock Ticking in Effort to Protect California Bears and Bobcats from Hounding

Clock Ticking in Effort to Protect California Bears and Bobcats from Hounding

In late August, the California Senate gave final approval to legislation authored by state senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to stop the inhumane and unsporting practice of hounding bears and bobcats. For a variety of reasons, California had long withstood the trend in the West to outlaw this inhumane form of hunting; Colorado, Oregon, and Washington . . . 

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$75,000 Fine and Probation Handed Down in Notorious Horse Soring Case

$75,000 Fine and Probation Handed Down in Notorious Horse Soring Case

Yesterday, in a packed Chattanooga courtroom, the Hon. Harry S. Mattice, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, handed down penalties in the horse abuse case involving Jackie McConnell—the Hall of Fame trainer of Tennessee walking horses, who in 2011 was captured on tape by an HSUS undercover investigator intentionally injuring the animals . . . 

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Update: Helping Rescued Dogs Recover and Learn to Trust

By on September 17, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care
Update: Helping Rescued Dogs Recover and Learn to Trust

Last month, The HSUS helped rescue nearly 50 dogs from two suspected fighting operations in Michigan. Our policy is to treat every rescued dog as an individual, not as a category, and our hope is that they can eventually be placed with rescue groups or adopting families. Daisy Balawejder, coordinator of the HSUS Dogfighting Rescue . . . 

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Talk Back: Bill Introduced to Strengthen Horse Protection Act

Talk Back: Bill Introduced to Strengthen Horse Protection Act

Yesterday, Congressmen Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced legislation in the U.S. House to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and allow for a stronger crackdown on the widespread abuse within the Tennessee Walking Horse show world. There’s been a fever pitch about this abuse, since The HSUS released undercover footage months ago showing . . . 

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