Archive for August, 2013

Crying Wolf, and Pocketing the Cash

By on August 30, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Crying Wolf, and Pocketing the Cash

There’s something rotten in Michigan – and the stench is coming from one rogue farm in the western portion of the Upper Peninsula. Based on state documents obtained through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and an analysis of those documents conducted by the National WolfWatcher Coalition and Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, four-fifths of the . . . 

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From Monet and Picasso to Brent and Cheetah

From Monet and Picasso to Brent and Cheetah

We do a lot of serious business at this organization, taking all kinds of cruelty head-on. But we also celebrate animals, taking stock of the diversity of life and the incredible attributes of the other creatures on the planet. You may have received an e-mail from me a few weeks ago announcing an art contest . . . 

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“Fintastic” Outcomes for Sharks

“Fintastic” Outcomes for Sharks

Yesterday, a federal appellate court rejected arguments from business groups that are challenging California’s ban on shark fins as discriminatory and at odds with federal fisheries laws. Surprisingly, the Obama administration had filed a brief in support of the shark fin dealers and their bid to immediately enjoin implementation of the California law. The panel . . . 

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Dogfighting Bust a Marker of Transformational Change

Dogfighting Bust a Marker of Transformational Change

There are 367 dogs whose lives turned around so fast they may have whiplash. On Thursday night, in small hamlets in Alabama and Georgia, these animals who were staked to heavy chains, had passed another sweltering day – many without protection from the sun, without enough food, and with too much fetid water staring them . . . 

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HSUS Helps Lead 2nd Largest Ever Dogfighting Raid

HSUS Helps Lead 2nd Largest Ever Dogfighting Raid

In my role as president and CEO of The HSUS, I regularly see the best and worst of humanity. That was never more true than on Friday, as I participated in a rescue of dogs from an alleged dogfighter in southern Alabama. Federal and state law enforcement, along with The HSUS, the ASPCA, and other . . . 

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Cruelty Nothing to Celebrate

By on August 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
Cruelty Nothing to Celebrate

The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration held the first evening classes of its 75th anniversary event on Thursday night. This spectacle has become synonymous with the exhibition of stacked, chained Walking horses, and, unfortunately, a showcase for the cruel practice of soring, in which trainers and exhibitors cause intentional pain to the legs and hooves . . . 

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Leading on Lead

By on August 21, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Leading on Lead

While The HSUS provides an extraordinary amount of direct-care to animals, our biggest impact is felt through our cruelty-prevention programs—whether that’s done by cracking down on puppy mills, factory farms, or Canada’s seal hunt, or other initiatives that take aim at institutionalized or systemic forms of animal exploitation. Such as ending the use of lead . . . 

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Sun(ny) Should Shine Light on Federal Dog Policies

Sun(ny) Should Shine Light on Federal Dog Policies

Let us add our congratulations and best wishes to the newest First Dog, Sunny. Cheers all around. As the keeper of a new rescue—a six-year-old beagle mix named Lily—I know the joys of having a new pet in one’s life. Lily has doubled the number of daily smiles and laughter in my life. Only occasionally . . . 

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“Walking” of the Bulls

By on August 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
“Walking” of the Bulls

A decade ago, I was on site as an observer for the first American “Running of the Bulls” in a small town outside of Las Vegas.  Despite the hype from the huckster promoter – who said he’d be recreating the drama and danger of the Pamplona, Spain event where bulls run down the cobblestone streets . . . 

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Obama Administration Seeks to Nullify Critical State Animal Cruelty Laws

Obama Administration Seeks to Nullify Critical State Animal Cruelty Laws

Yesterday, in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel of three federal judges heard argument from a Chinese-American business association and from other shark-finning interests that a California law to ban the sale and possession of shark fins – which passed the state legislature with strong bipartisan majorities, and was then signed by Democratic . . . 

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