Archive for January, 2014

Emergency Response Gets Life from Firefighters

By on January 14, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care
Emergency Response Gets Life from Firefighters

Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc across the Gulf Coast, turning the world upside down for so many people and animals. The nation rallied to help the region, and that included rushing in to help animals and the people who care about them. In addition to the enormous response we mounted, The HSUS worked hard to help . . . 

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Beef Tax: It’s What’s for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

By on January 13, 2014 in Farm Animals
Beef Tax: It’s What’s for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

What if every time someone acquired a dog – either through adoption from a rescue group or shelter, a purchase over the Internet or at a pet store – they paid a hidden fee on that transaction, and the entire pot of money accrued through these fees went to The HSUS? Well, I feel confident . . . 

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HSUS’ Family Planning Work – for Elephants

HSUS’ Family Planning Work – for Elephants

It was momentous that Smithfield Foods and Tyson made announcements this week indicating they are moving away from gestation crates as an accepted method of confining pigs. Momentous in another way was China’s action to destroy six tons of ivory this week as a statement against the killing of elephants for trinkets. In their own . . . 

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Even More Progress for Pigs in Gestation Crates

By on January 9, 2014 in Farm Animals
Even More Progress for Pigs in Gestation Crates

On Tuesday, Smithfield Foods announced it is upgrading its animal policies by providing incentives for its contract farmers to move away from gestation crates. The HSUSTyson sent a letter to farmers in its pork supply systemindicating that gestation crates ought to be replacedwith alternative housing systems. Today, Tyson Foods, another major pork producer, also took . . . 

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Smithfield Continues to Change Playing Field – for Pigs

By on January 7, 2014 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy
Smithfield Continues to Change Playing Field – for Pigs

For more than a decade, The Humane Society of the United States has been focused on ending the use of small, restrictive cages used to confine breeding sows (known as gestation crates) within the pig industry. In 2007, Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork company, broke new ground by announcing that by 2017, 100 percent . . . 

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Time to Move Away from Horse and Buggy in NYC and Into Safer, More Humane World

By on January 6, 2014 in Equine
Time to Move Away from Horse and Buggy in NYC and Into Safer, More Humane World

One of the lead organizations trying to make sure that cars, trucks, and horse-drawn carriages have to dodge and weave in New York City streets around Central Park is a Missouri-based public-relations outfit called “The Alliance for Truth” that defends puppy mills and opposes efforts to upgrade anti-cruelty laws. This is the same extremist organization . . . 

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Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

Tomorrow, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King will be back in court seeking to block the opening of a horse slaughter plant in his state because of unresolved questions about waste disposal and unsafe chemicals in the meat. We hope he prevails. Attorney General King—joined by The HSUS and Front Range Equine Rescue—made similar arguments . . . 

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