Archive for May, 2014

There Oughta Be a Law – for Animals

Every decent person should be mindful of animals, and we should live in a way that reflects a conscious concern for them. But unfortunately, there are outliers in our society — people who know few or no limits when it comes to their mistreatment of animals. It’s for these people that the law must speak, . . . 

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Horse Sense, Not Slaughter

By on May 29, 2014 in Equine
Horse Sense, Not Slaughter

Late this morning, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to the 2015 agriculture spending bill, to bar U.S. Department of Agriculture funding of horse slaughter plants in the United States, by a bipartisan vote of 28-22.  The Senate approved an identical amendment, offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., . . . 

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Tip of the Hat to the Mahatma

Tip of the Hat to the Mahatma

On Saturday, May 31st, I will be in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the unveiling of a life-size statue of a great leader who made an indelible contribution to, among many urgent causes, animal protection – the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation of India.  I’ll be speaking there, along with a major Indian spiritual . . . 

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Digging Up Dirt – to Expose Cruelty, and to Help Tortoises

Digging Up Dirt – to Expose Cruelty, and to Help Tortoises

Last week in Florida, we hosted a remarkable HSUS Animal Care Expo – a signature event held principally for animal care professionals throughout the nation. Nicole Paquette, Vice President of Wildlife Protection for The HSUS, holds a gopher tortoise rescued at a construction site in Apopka, Florida.Photo: Julie Busch Branaman But we were also hard . . . 

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Jackson Galaxy and the Hero Cat

By on May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week, I previewed for readers that Jackson Galaxy, the colorful host of My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, was to be a keynote speaker at the opening session of the HSUS Animal Care Expo. The event this week attracted animal advocates from 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states.  I sat down with Jackson . . . 

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World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

The World Trade Organization today issued a final decision in its ruling to the inhumane global seal trade, and gave a precedent-setting boost to our domestic and international efforts to prevent animal abuse. The international body that sets the rules of the road on global trade matters has upheld the European Union’s right to prohibit trade . . . 

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The Pet Offensive – New Strategies to Combat Puppy Mills

The Pet Offensive – New Strategies to Combat Puppy Mills

At The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, the largest animal protection conference in the nation, I announced yesterday that Maddie’s Fund has pledged $4 million to The HSUS, over three years, to conduct an online campaign against puppy mills. The campaign will focus on discouraging people from purchasing dogs from puppy mills through the Internet, and . . . 

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I Want You for the (H.S.)U.S. Army

I Want You for the (H.S.)U.S. Army

For much of this week, I’ll be in Daytona Beach, Florida, for The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, the nation’s biggest animal protection conference. Leaders and advocates from across the nation will come together to accomplish many good things, not the least of which is to participate in seminars and exchanges about best practices and innovations . . . 

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Jackson Galaxy and Cats From Other Universes

By on May 16, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care
Jackson Galaxy and Cats From Other Universes

Jackson Galaxy will deliver the keynote address at the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Daytona Beach. In advance of the Expo I spoke with Jackson about cat behaviorists, troubleshooting cat problems, community cats, and the Animal Care Expo:

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Ringling Brothers Should Put Money Where Mouth Is

By on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
Ringling Brothers Should Put Money Where Mouth Is

I’ve always hated what traveling circuses do to elephants.  I went to the circus as a kid, and wondered what the lives of the elephants were like, and knew it couldn’t be good.  I started my personal boycott at a young age, and I let my parents know that the circus would not be on . . . 

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