Archive for January, 2014

Ending “Commercial” Exploitation

Ending “Commercial” Exploitation

There are so many indicators of cultural, corporate and political change for the good of animals. One is the creative and often provocative advertising on display not only during the Super Bowl, but in advance – where companies and ad agenciespush out their creative content in traditional and social media and get a national discussion going . . . 

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No Sweet Home for Some Animals in Alabama

By on January 29, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care
No Sweet Home for Some Animals in Alabama

The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team has been on the ground in Alabama cracking down on cruelty and rescuing animals, helping to seize roosters from a cockfighting ring in Covington County, and removing dozens of dogs from deplorable conditions in Fayette County, in separate cases within the last few days. One of the roosters rescued Saturday . . . 

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Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

On top of major gains in Congress in recent weeks to get government-owned chimps out of labs and to prevent the resumption of commercial horse slaughter on U.S. soil, we are poised to see a major upgrade of the federal law against animal fighting and to kill off the destructive amendment from Rep. Steve King, . . . 

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HSUS Undercover Investigation Shutters NJ Slaughter Plant

By on January 27, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations
HSUS Undercover Investigation Shutters NJ Slaughter Plant

This morning, The HSUS publicly released footage of our latest undercover investigation into slaughterhouse abuses and the continuing mistreatment of downer calves – in this case, at the Catelli Bros. slaughter plant in suburban Monmouth County, New Jersey. The HSUS provided footage and other investigative materials to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging enforcement action, . . . 

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Hong Kong Gives Swift Kick to Ivory Traders

Hong Kong Gives Swift Kick to Ivory Traders

Twelve thousand pounds of ivory that was destroyed in 2013 photo by USFWS Earlier this month, the Chinese government destroyed more than six tons of confiscated ivory held in government stockpiles, signaling the new resolve of the People’s Republic of China to crack down on the illegal ivory trade and to reduce ivory consumption. On . . . 

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Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

Last year, HSUS led the fight in fending off “ag-gag” bills in 11 states, with particularly feverish battles in Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming – all states where we’ve conducted investigations that led to exposes of abuses, whether puppy mills, horse soring, or gestation crate confinement. We are geared up to fight renewed battles this year, . . . 

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Japan’s Shameful Butchery of Dolphins

Japan’s Shameful Butchery of Dolphins

Since the release in 2009 of the chilling documentary “The Cove,” and thanks to a much-welcomed tweet last week from newly minted U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy condemning the “drive hunt,” the herding and butchering of dolphins in the small inlet in Taiji, Japan is unlikely to go unnoticed.  Last week, fishermen captured and trapped 250 . . . 

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Getting Horses off the Menu

By on January 21, 2014 in Equine
Getting Horses off the Menu

  Photo by Jennifer Kunz With President Obama signing a comprehensive federal spending bill for 2014 on Friday that includes language barring horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S., we can take comfort that slaughter plants about to start chewing up horses in Iowa, Missouri, and New Mexico won’t get that chance, at least . . . 

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An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic principles are enduring, however, and for good reason. The enterprise depends on a commitment to establishing and reporting facts, and to communicating them with accuracy and fairness. This is a foundational component of a . . . 

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Paying Top Dollar to Kill the Rarest Mammals

By on January 15, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Paying Top Dollar to Kill the Rarest Mammals

Today in Hanoi, Vietnam, buses are carrying the message that buying, selling, and transporting rhino horn is illegal – a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison in that country. The messages are part of Vietnam’s National Rhino Horn Demand Reduction Campaign, initiated and implemented by the government of Vietnam in cooperation with . . . 

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