Archive for February, 2014

Modern Family (Planning) for Animals

By on February 27, 2014 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Modern Family (Planning) for Animals

Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day (started by our affiliate the Doris Day Animal League) which involved more than 600 organizers in all 50 U.S. states, and almost 50 countries hosting events.

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Shelter Pets Coming to a TV Screen Near You

Shelter Pets Coming to a TV Screen Near You

Last week I visited the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore, where I participated in a national satellite radio and television media tour to publicize the launch of a new series of public service advertisements on behalf of The Shelter Pet Project campaign. The campaign is a joint project involving The Humane Society of the United States, . . . 

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The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

Recently, a group of cockfighters made some noise in Kentucky, threatening to oust U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid because he voted in January for the Farm Bill, which included an HSUS-backed provision to make it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to an animal fighting spectacle.  I think . . . 

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Discover Easy Ways to Help Animals

Discover Easy Ways to Help Animals

Editor’s note: Discover is discontinuing its affinity credit card programs with The HSUS and 13 other non-profit organizations, effective March 15, 2015. Please continue to support The HSUS through our other corporate partners. There are so many ways to help animals, such as volunteering for an animal protection group, contacting lawmakers about pending legislation, or . . . 

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Cannibalism and the (Non-)Walking Dead

By on February 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations
Cannibalism and the (Non-)Walking Dead

The HSUS’ latest undercover investigation, announced last night on nytimes.com by columnist Nicholas Kristof, revealed more than breeding sows in small crates, their bodies pock-marked by pressure sores and abrasions. This is our latest expose of the largely hidden horrors of the industrial pig industry – this one, at the aptly named Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Ky. We found, among other problems, a . . . 

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Give a Hoot About Wildlife

By on February 19, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Give a Hoot About Wildlife

We have so many touches with animals in our lives, from pets in our communities to wildlife in our backyards or open spaces. When it comes to the animals we encounter in our daily doings, the first principle is “do no harm.” The HSUS and other groups also provide many services for animals in need, but . . . 

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Unfinished Business for Laying Hens

Unfinished Business for Laying Hens

Now that the King amendment is dead, and President Obama’s signature is on the Farm Bill, discussion has turned to the fate of the federal legislation backed by The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers (UEP), along with a raft of other organizations, to ban barren battery cages for laying . . . 

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Helping Hands, Hired Hands

Helping Hands, Hired Hands

It’s nice to see so many signs of progress in our work, and Valentine’s Day week presented still more of them. We were so pleased to see Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy pledge to rescue a family of dogs he saw on the streets of Sochi, with plans to take them back to his home . . . 

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A Killing in Copenhagen

By on February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
A Killing in Copenhagen

Last Sunday’s public execution of Marius the giraffe and his feeding to the lions by witless leaders of the Copenhagen Zoo was grotesque in so many ways, and like the roundup and killing of dogs in Sochi, Russia, it has drawn worldwide scorn. Now, incredibly, like zombies walking over a cliff, a second Danish zoo . . . 

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Crushing the Ivory Trade in 2014?

Crushing the Ivory Trade in 2014?

The United States upped the ante yesterday in the global fight against wildlife trafficking when it unveiled its National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking.  This initiative is designed to strengthen U.S. enforcement, reduce demand for wildlife products, and expand international cooperation to address the conservation and global security threats posed by the illegal trade in . . . 

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