Archive for March, 2014

A Whale of a Ruling

A Whale of a Ruling

It’s rare that animal abuse ends with one blow to the head. Typically, it takes a thousand strikes before the perpetrator – whether it’s an industry, a nation, or an individual – moves on. That’s been the case with all of the major breakthroughs in civil rights, women’s rights, and so many other important causes. Such is . . . 

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From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Two days ago, it was former puppy mill dogs, rabbits, and birds from Arkansas arriving in D.C. Yesterday, to considerable and much warranted media fanfare, it was 10 street dogs from Sochi, Russia, who with our help made a trip across two continents to start a new life in America.    Jimmy in one of the . . . 

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Something is Rotten in Denmark

Something is Rotten in Denmark

Take a look at two contrasting institutional responses to challenging circumstances with animals, which together give a clear measure of diametrically opposed value systems – one merciful, and the other ruthless. One of the dogs from Arkansas after arrival, ready to go to a placement partner so that he can find a home. Yesterday, our . . . 

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NRA, Farm Bureau Stand in Way of Progress

NRA, Farm Bureau Stand in Way of Progress

This week, as always, there are an extraordinary number of high-profile outcomes as well as continuing debate over the major issues The HSUS is engaged upon.  Here are a few short takes: One of the pigs I met while visiting Lucky 3 farms in North Carolina. Photo by Shannon Johnstone North Carolina Puppy Mills: Our . . . 

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The Disreputable Trade in Horse Meat

The Disreputable Trade in Horse Meat

In 2013, there were three horse slaughter plants set to open in the United States, and it took determined efforts in the federal courts and in the Congress to prevent them from opening. They’re shuttered at least through the fall, and we hope to extend that prohibition indefinitely.   A horse slipping and falling entering . . . 

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Spring Forward — for Wildlife

Spring Forward — for Wildlife

The calendar says spring, but winter doesn’t seem to want to release its hold in some parts, with snow forecast again for next week in Washington, D.C.. But rising temperatures and other signs of spring cannot be held off for many more days.  The first two baby squirrels of the season arrive at the Cape . . . 

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Right to Farm or Right to Harm

Right to Farm or Right to Harm

Let’s count the ways that our political adversaries try to thwart progress to help farm animals. They work hard to pass ag-gag laws to make it a crime to take pictures of animals on farms or to conduct undercover investigations. They work in Congress, with Rep. Steve King as their leader, to try to preempt state . . . 

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Sounding the Alarm on Horse Soring

Sounding the Alarm on Horse Soring

  A horse at the National Celebration in Shelbyville in 2013, one of many wearing chains and stacks. This week, The HSUS rolled out a new television advertisement calling on lawmakers to crack down on the illegal, unethical, and inhumane practice of horse “soring” – where trainers injure the feet and legs of horses by . . . 

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From Millstone to Milestone

From Millstone to Milestone

Our movement achieved a remarkable milestone last week, with South Dakota becoming the 50th state to adopt felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty to animals (The bill also makes cockfighting a felony offense).  A couple of our founding fathers (Washington and Jefferson) and their heirs (Lincoln and Roosevelt), represented by Mount Rushmore in the state, must . . . 

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Olympian Hero Brings Home More Than a Medal

Olympian Hero Brings Home More Than a Medal

Humane Society International’s Masha Kalinina, Gus Kenworthy and Robin Macdonald with two of the rescued puppies. View more photos here. Photo by Christopher Lane/AP Images for HSI At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy made headlines not for just winning a silver medal, but for pledging to adopt and care for . . . 

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