Archive for May, 2013

The Real IRS Subplot

The Real IRS Subplot

When we took on the major problems threatening millions or even billions of animals – cracking down on puppy mills, fighting intensive confinement on factory farms, confronting the government of Canada and its ghastly seal slaughter, working to eradicate dogfighting and cockfighting, and curbing the trade in exotic wildlife – I knew we’d face pushback. . . . 

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Inspector General, Smithfield Make News on Pig Production

Inspector General, Smithfield Make News on Pig Production

Yesterday’s news that a massive Chinese meat producer, Shuanghai, has agreed to pay $4.7 billion to acquire American pork giant Smithfield Foods was a jarring reminder of the trend toward an increasingly centralized global trade in farm animals. While demand for meat in the U.S. has been falling for several years, demand in China for . . . 

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Going to Bat for People and Their Pets

Going to Bat for People and Their Pets

The HSUS has worked for more than a half century to develop effective strategies for shelters to drive down euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats. One primary strategy has been to promote spaying and neutering, and the other, to promote adoption. A corollary strategy, which is becoming an increasingly important focus for the . . . 

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They Should Get the Key to the City

They Should Get the Key to the City

Those of us who have shared our homes with a rescued pet know their loyalty runs deep. But deep enough to save someone’s life? Absolutely. This year’s Pets of Valor Award highlights just that – the lifesaving heroics of five former castaways who risked life and limb to rescue their human companions. Of our top five . . . 

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Is Violence in Our World on the Rise or Decline?

Is Violence in Our World on the Rise or Decline?

In his magisterial work “The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argued that our time is the most peaceful era in human history. Average life expectancy, at least for people in western nations, has broken the 80-year mark. With better nutrition and sanitation and medical treatment, we are spared from many lethal . . . 

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Talk Back: Fork in the Road for Michigan Wolves

By on May 23, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Talk Back: Fork in the Road for Michigan Wolves

Hundreds of you wrote me after I asked your opinion about the road ahead in Michigan, where the state legislature is hell bent on allowing trophy hunters and pelt trappers to kill wolves. All but two of you urged The HSUS to pursue a second referendum campaign to block hunting of wolves. Alamy Let me . . . 

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Puppy Mill Horror Uncovered in Mississippi

Puppy Mill Horror Uncovered in Mississippi

Puppy mills, by definition, come up short on animal welfare, taking moral and practical shortcuts in order to churn out dogs for the pet trade – by confining animals indefinitely, breeding them every heat cycle, and denying them proper veterinary care. But the conditions our rescue team witnessed at a raid in Mississippi on Monday were . . . 

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Reading is Fundamental – For Animals

By on May 21, 2013 in Companion Animals
Reading is Fundamental – For Animals

Our mission statement is both clear and compelling: Celebrating animals, confronting cruelty. While the confrontation side of our work gets most of the headlines – through investigations or corporate or public policy campaigns – we never forget that animals do so much to enrich our lives, our community, and our world.  This month, for the . . . 

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Hope for Hens in India

Hope for Hens in India

India is known throughout the world as a nation of vegetarians, and vegetarianism is indeed very common there. In recent years, however, this growing economic power, even with its strong, animal-friendly religious and cultural traditions, has seen meat eating on the rise, and the worst elements of factory farming are taking hold. There are an estimated . . . 

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The HSUS: A Leader in Endangered Species Protection

By on May 17, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
The HSUS: A Leader in Endangered Species Protection

The HSUS is known as an anti-cruelty organization, and many assume that our primary concern is domesticated species. But we also work hard to protect wild animals from a variety of threats, and our work on that front is wide-ranging.  Alamy This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act – one of . . . 

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