Archive for June, 2014

Live Pigeon Shoots: The Shame of Pennsylvania

By on June 30, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Live Pigeon Shoots: The Shame of Pennsylvania

More than two decades ago, when I first became active in animal protection, I went to protest what was then the nation’s largest pigeon shoot — in Hegins, Pennsylvania. The organizers trapped thousands of live pigeons from cities and other areas where the birds lived and then trucked them back to Hegins for the Fred . . . 

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Declining Populations of Elephants and Polar Bears in Sights of Trophy Hunters

Declining Populations of Elephants and Polar Bears in Sights of Trophy Hunters

Yesterday, CNN published a column from me about the confusing message sent by the U.S.  government in taking action to fight the elephant ivory trade but still allowing trophy hunters to bring in ivory tusks from a number of African countries.  The good news is, two African nations – Botswana and Zambia – have recently . . . 

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Rescue, Rehab and Release

Rescue, Rehab and Release

The animal care team at our affiliated Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, California, last year took in a red-tailed hawk who’d been found at a trolley station. Her wing was heavily damaged, after coming out on the losing end of a collision with a mechanized vehicle or an overhead power line. Trolley Girl, . . . 

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Capitalism With a Conscience – for Animals

Capitalism With a Conscience – for Animals

All over America, and around the world, corporations are listening to their customers and taking intentional steps to contribute to the new, emerging humane economy, one that lightens the burden of suffering for animals. I recently announced that Cargill, the largest private corporation in the United States, has set a timeframe for purging gestation crates . . . 

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Time to Tighten Grip on Imports of Constricting Snakes

By on June 24, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Time to Tighten Grip on Imports of Constricting Snakes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is rightly looking to finish up a job it left incomplete over two years ago – examining whether five species of large, non-native constricting snakes, all judged by the U.S. Geological Survey to be an ecological threat, should be listed as “injurious” and prohibited for import or interstate trade for . . . 

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Unreasonable Delay, Unthinkable Abuse

Unreasonable Delay, Unthinkable Abuse

The GlobalPost, an award-winning news site that covers international issues, reports that there may be more than 3,000 puppy mills in South Korea that are churning out dogs not only for sale in that country, but also for export to the United States. This, despite a law that The HSUS worked to pass to forbid . . . 

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Dogs at Work – but Definitely Not Working Dogs

By on June 20, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care

A year ago, on the blog, I reported that the beagle had landed. It was just about a year ago that my wife and I adopted Lily – middle-aged for a canine – from a local rescue group. We feel like we hit the jackpot, and we are still dumbfounded that she had been passed . . . 

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Horses Need Your Help in Climbing Steep (Capitol) Hill

Horses Need Your Help in Climbing Steep (Capitol) Hill

Dutch, a Tennessee walking horse, was subjected to soring. Photo: The HSUS Thanks to The HSUS and some individuals who care deeply about horses, Dutch is safe today, protected by people looking out for him. But his story is not only a tale of woe, but also an extraordinary biographical intersection of two major horse-abuse problems . . . 

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Not Standing Idly for Elephants in Peril

Not Standing Idly for Elephants in Peril

Poachers recently killed Satao, one of Kenya’s best known elephants, whose tusks weighed more than 100 pounds each and reached all the way to the ground. A poison arrow felled Satao in Tsavo National Park, and his death was announced last Friday by the Tsavo Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service, who monitored his movements . . . 

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Federal Court Ruling on ‘Crush Videos’ Just the Latest to Affirm Value of Animal Protection Legislation

Federal Court Ruling on ‘Crush Videos’ Just the Latest to Affirm Value of Animal Protection Legislation

It's still a crime to sell videos showing appalling forms of animal cruelty, after a federal appeals court upheld a federal anti-cruelty law Friday. This is just the latest in a string of federal court decisions, upholding the authority of Congress and the states to take action on a wide range of abuses against animals. I . . . 

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