Archive for September, 2013

What Don’t They Get About “All Animals”?

What Don’t They Get About “All Animals”?

Today, The HSUS has a full-page advertisement in the Santa Barbara News-Press urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 711, a bill to require the use of non-lead ammunition in sport-hunting. With steel, copper, and other forms of less toxic ammunition widely available to sport hunters, there’s no reason for California or any other . . . 

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Press Platforms Spread Awareness on Finning, Confining, and Head Hunting

By on September 27, 2013 in Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Press Platforms Spread Awareness on Finning, Confining, and Head Hunting

Today, some updates on major media columns and news stories drawing attention to urgent issues for animals.  First, I hope you’ll take a look at a column from me published in today’s Washington Post about shark finning.  Specifically, it calls attention to proposed regulations from the National Marine Fisheries Service that would nullify state and . . . 

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Cruelty Connections

By on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Cruelty Connections

I often say that when you do bad things to animals, or promote bad policies toward them, you can expect major adverse effects for the whole of society. In recent days, we learned about the horror of al-Shabab mowing down innocent civilians at a mall in Nairobi – with more than 70 people killed and . . . 

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Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

By on September 24, 2013 in Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the issue, but are founded in their belief that they’ll curry . . . 

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No Time to Throw Up White Flag for White Rhinos and Other Imperiled Creatures

No Time to Throw Up White Flag for White Rhinos and Other Imperiled Creatures

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the southern white rhinoceros as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, a major volley in its high profile campaign to crack down on rapacious, cruel, and unsustainable poaching aimed at rhinos and elephants in Africa and Asia. If made final, the proposal will put under the act’s . . . 

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Snakes on Planes, in Garages, and Everywhere Else

By on September 20, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Snakes on Planes, in Garages, and Everywhere Else

A New York area animal control officer, under investigation for workers’ compensation fraud, attracted headlines on Thursday after law enforcement discovered that he had 850 snakes, including Burmese pythons, in his garage. Richard Parrinello was selling pythons and boa constrictors as pets over the Internet, even though state law forbids the possession of certain species. . . . 

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What’s Possible for Possums, Best for Beavers, and Good for Gophers

By on September 19, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
What’s Possible for Possums, Best for Beavers, and Good for Gophers

In a blog I posted earlier this year, I wrote that: The work of The HSUS is grounded on a couple of core principles: animals have the capacity to suffer, and we humans have the capacity to help them. We hold all the power over animals, and our choices and conduct have enormous consequences for . . . 

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Putting the Override Effort in Overdrive

By on September 17, 2013 in Farm Animals
Putting the Override Effort in Overdrive

It’s been a remarkable 18-month period when it comes to the movement to combat the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms. The public, major food retailers, numerous producers, and so many lawmakers have turned against the idea of allowing immobilization of animals as a customary animal production practice. In today’s paper, USA Today not . . . 

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Helping Animals Weather the Rain and Political Storms

Helping Animals Weather the Rain and Political Storms

The HSUS responds to natural disasters and human-caused crises for animals – whether hurricanes, tornadoes, puppy mills or hoarding cases – to help dogs, cats, horses and other animals at risk. But our range of motion is wider than you may think, in terms of species diversity and geography. We’ve recently been in the field . . . 

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Talk Back: New Rule the Beginning of Efforts to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Talk Back: New Rule the Beginning of Efforts to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

Earlier this year, The HSUS and local authorities removed 58 dogs from Royal Acres Kennel in North Carolina. The animals we found there included blind and paralyzed dogs; dogs with dental decay so severe that several of their jaws were disintegrated and they could no longer keep their tongues in their mouths; animals with tumors and infections; . . . 

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