Archive for July, 2013
We are making steady progress in our campaign to crack down on trainers and owners who injure the feet and legs of Tennessee walking horses to induce an unnatural, high-stepping gait in the show ring. Yesterday, a federal court in Texas rejected a legal claim by SHOW, a supposed industry enforcement organization, challenging the U.S. . . .
I thought Nicholas Kristof was right on point yesterday in his wide-ranging column about animal protection as a critical moral question in our society. We will indeed look back on our time, as Kristof says, and wonder how we could have been so callous and cruel in our treatment of innocent and vulnerable creatures. iStockphoto In . . .
As our society makes continuing progress on animal welfare, exposing cruelty and creating social, corporate and public policy standards, there’s an inevitable backlash from the industries that want to continue to do things just the same as always. I’ve written about the funded brand attack on The HSUS by a hired gun whose resume is . . .
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is again in the news for embarrassing, offensive statements – this time for his rants about immigrants and immigration policy. He told an Iowa radio show host that undocumented immigrant children are often drug mules who carry illegal substances across the border, and “they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because . . .
Birds don’t smile. Neither do turtles. Not at least that we can see. But they can make me smile – and never so much as when the spark of life that exists in all creatures meets up with the big hearts of people at The HSUS’ South Florida Wildlife Center. The HSUS and our family . . .
A few months back, The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team received a call from a law enforcement officer, Cpl. Robert Alcon, of the Arkansas State Police, who’d discovered almost 100 animals in need of rescue. Cpl. Alcon was determined to help, and described appalling conditions to us. Over the next several months, our team worked with him . . .
When your business is horse slaughter, you don’t attract many fans. It’s a transactional business, with ruthlessness and profit driving the enterprise. The people who work with you aren’t idealists or even hobbyists, but hired guns – people who lobby or file lawsuits or send out press releases, and don’t much care who they work . . .
Those of you who regularly watch our good friend Jane Velez-Mitchell’s show on HLN may have seen me last night in a brief segment talking about a potentially dangerous situation for 1,800 captive wild horses at a Bureau of Land Management facility near Reno, Nev., where temperatures have been reaching record highs exceeding 100 degrees this . . .
I know it’s plenty hot in these dog days of summer, but we need to turn up the heat even more in our fight to ensure that the King amendment isn’t part of a final Farm Bill or any other legislation that may end up containing Farm Bill provisions. The King amendment, which is part . . .
Look at any major social movement and it has communications platforms to disseminate ideas, review books in the field, dig deep into issues, release research or investigations, and allow debate and discussion within the fraternity. The left, for example, has magazines like Mother Jones and The Nation and talk show hosts at MSNBC. The right . . .