Archive for February, 2013

Our Predatory Human Ways

Our Predatory Human Ways

iStock In today’s Sacramento Bee, my colleague Jennifer Fearing wrote a column questioning the outdated policies governing predator management that have dominated for too long. The public is fed up with unsporting and inhumane practices, as evidenced by the ban on hound hunting that passed in the California legislature last year. Within the last year, . . . 

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Behind the Appealing Websites, Appalling Realities

Behind the Appealing Websites, Appalling Realities

Yesterday for the 13th time in the past two years, our Animal Rescue team deployed to North Carolina for a puppy mill rescue. Our team, with support from local animal welfare groups and law enforcement, rescued 58 small dogs. Most of them were in very bad condition, mainly due to untreated infections and injuries. Like most . . . 

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Horse Meat on the American Dinner Plate?

By on February 26, 2013 in Equine
Horse Meat on the American Dinner Plate?

Can horse meat find its way into the U.S. food supply? I would not be the least bit surprised if it does turn up, now that people are starting to look. The U.S. Department of Agriculture largely relies upon a self-reporting system that leaves us at the mercy of other nations, even as the number . . . 

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DOD and Combat Training — Limiting the Casualties

DOD and Combat Training — Limiting the Casualties

For years, the U.S. Department of Defense has intentionally hurt animals, including dogs, in order to simulate “battlefield wounds,” for the purpose of medical combat training for treatment of injured soldiers. Upon learning of these in-field “experiments” with animals, the public demanded change and better ways to help our troops in crisis. In response, in . . . 

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Wolves on the Brink

By on February 22, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Wolves on the Brink

Earlier this month, filmmakers and photographers Jim and Jamie Dutcher released a deeply compelling book, The Hidden Life of Wolves, about these remarkable but beleaguered American predators. The Dutchers are drawing standing room only and slack-jawed crowds wherever they’ve appeared, sharing their stunning images and educating people about the lives of these creatures. And the release . . . 

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Widening Horse Meat Scandal Prompts Action in the EU

By on February 21, 2013 in Equine
Widening Horse Meat Scandal Prompts Action in the EU

The revelations about horse meat masquerading as beef products represent one of the biggest food scandals in recent years. It’s of keen interest to The HSUS and Humane Society International because we’ve been warning European authorities of the dirty deeds of the horse meat industry. While there are no operating slaughter plants in the U.S., growing numbers . . . 

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A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing

By on February 20, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing
A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing

“What are the alternatives to using animals in medical research?” This is a legitimate question I am often asked, and now, due to scientific innovation and increasing evidence of the shortcomings of animal research, it is becoming easier to answer. A newly published scientific paper shows that a reliance on mice in medical research has . . . 

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A Tribute To A Comrade: Pat Derby

A Tribute To A Comrade: Pat Derby

It is an axiom that people once involved in practices or industries that cause harm to animals, and who then see the light and join the humane movement, have emerged as some of the most influential of advocates. It’s by that route that Pat Derby, first a former trainer of big cats and other large . . . 

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Vets: Reporting for Duty

Vets: Reporting for Duty

  At The Humane Society of the United States, we have assembled a highly qualified professional staff, with different types of expertise and experience, to conduct the vital work of animal protection. Among these experts, we are blessed to have a growing cohort of veterinarians who help to care for domesticated animals and wildlife.                                                                . . . 

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Eighty Dogs Rescued from Alleged Dogfighting Operation

Eighty Dogs Rescued from Alleged Dogfighting Operation

Eighty dogs are finally free. During the course of a two-year-long investigation into narcotics trafficking, authorities in northeastern North Carolina fell upon a major dogfighting operation. In the end, authorities seized dozens of dogs and arrested two alleged perpetrators. Pasquotank County Sheriff’s OfficeOne of 80 dogs rescued from an alleged dogfightingoperation in Elizabeth City, N.C. So . . . 

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