Archive for April, 2013

Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat – Part 2

By on April 30, 2013 in Farm Animals
Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat – Part 2

Yesterday, The HSUS applauded the announcement from the Retail Council of Canada that all eight of the largest Canadian supermarket chains – Wal-Mart Canada, Costco Canada, Metro, Loblaw, Safeway Canada, Federated Co-operatives, Sobeys and Co-op Atlantic – will move away from gestation crate confinement of pigs in their supply systems over the next nine years. . . . 

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Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat

By on April 29, 2013 in Farm Animals
Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat

Early Saturday morning, the Indiana Legislature adjourned without passing an onerous and far-reaching ag-gag bill. It was an important stymying of a bill that was an affront to farm animal welfare and the First Amendment. The Senate had cleared the bill by a vote of 29 to 21, but House Speaker Brian Bosma pulled the . . . 

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Putting An End to Shelter Gas Chambers

By on April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Putting An End to Shelter Gas Chambers

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the closing of the last Mississippi carbon monoxide gas chamber, thanks in large part to the determined efforts of HSUS state director Lydia Sattler. This week we are excited to pass along other success stories – this time the closing of the gas euthanasia chamber at the City of . . . 

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Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

The more light that’s shed on the “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee walking horse industry, the clearer it becomes that Congress must upgrade the original language in the Horse Protection Act to deter the criminal abuse that is inflicted on the horses involved, and to give the federal government the tools it needs to . . . 

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Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

For weeks, my colleagues and I have been sounding the alarm about a spreading threat to the animal protection movement nationwide and, more broadly, to transparency and free speech in our society – the introduction by state lawmakers of anti-whistleblower, or so-called ag-gag bills, in about a dozen states. I was in Nashville on Monday . . . 

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Majority of Spaniards Say No to Bullfighting

By on April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
Majority of Spaniards Say No to Bullfighting

One of the fundamentals of our work is to set standards that make it a crime to engage in malicious cruelty to animals. The nations of the world should have a zero-tolerance policy for the torture of animals, and for specific types of torment like dogfighting, cockfighting and bullfighting. Animal protection efforts tend to get held . . . 

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Celebrate Earth Day by Committing to Conscious Eating

By on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
Celebrate Earth Day by Committing to Conscious Eating

Forty-three years ago to the day, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day – a day to raise awareness about the environment in the U.S. – and it’s now celebrated internationally in nearly 200 countries. It was a grassroots insurgency, with events in communities throughout the nation producing, in a few short years, a raft . . . 

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Speak Up For Animals

By on April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
Speak Up For Animals

Recently I wrote about two outrageous campaigns against animal protection. In the Michigan legislature, there’s a bill designed to derail our wolf protection referendum, to repeal a 2006 referendum that banned the target shooting of mourning doves, and to cede authority to allow hunting and trapping seasons for any protected species to the seven-member Natural . . . 

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Sochi Announces It Will Scuttle Stray Extermination Plan

Sochi Announces It Will Scuttle Stray Extermination Plan

One comment I often hear from HSUS supporters who have traveled abroad is about the sadness and helplessness they feel when confronted with homeless dogs scavenging for food, or simply pleading for a warm caress. The handling of free-roaming populations of street dogs and cats is a common moral and public health concern of many . . . 

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Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

In 2006, Michigan voters rejected the legislature’s plan to allow the target shooting of mourning doves, with 69 percent casting ballots in favor of maintaining the state’s century-long standard of protecting these gentle songbirds. Every county in the state – including the most Republican, rural districts – voted against the idea of dove hunting. The . . . 

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