Archive for August, 2014

More Tricks From Horse Soring Crowd as the Spotlight Shines on the Celebration

More Tricks From Horse Soring Crowd as the Spotlight Shines on the Celebration

As the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration culminates this weekend, there is controversy and cover-up again marring the biggest event in the walking horse show world.   For decades the walking horse show industry has tried to hide the intentional injuring of horses’ feet and lower legs – a practice known as “soring," which produces . . . 

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A Whale of a Reaction to Blackfish and SeaWorld

A Whale of a Reaction to Blackfish and SeaWorld

For those of us who were involved in laying the groundwork for the vigorous debate now underway about the ethics of captivity, the dramatic erosion of public support for SeaWorld and other aquaria seeking to capture and display marine mammals is nothing short of stunning.

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Slugfest Over Michigan Wolves Continues – So Much at Stake With November Votes

By on August 27, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Slugfest Over Michigan Wolves Continues – So Much at Stake With November Votes

Progress for animals isn’t easy – it never has been.  There’s no glide path when you confront entrenched interests and the politicians often so ready to do their bidding. There are still so many people in society who think that animals are just there for the taking – to do with them as they please, and . . . 

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Dog Days of Summer – Fall, Winter and Spring

It’s National Dog Day, and there are countless reasons to celebrate the remarkable relationship so many of us have with our canine friends. My beagle rescue Lily joined me for today’s video blog, but, as you’ll see, she was drowsy and decided to let me carry the conversation.  A day to celebrate dogs is warranted, but . . . 

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False Claims About Wolves, Frightful Cruelty to Wildlife in Michigan

By on August 25, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
False Claims About Wolves, Frightful Cruelty to Wildlife in Michigan

An Upper Peninsula farmer, John Koski – operating in the far western portion of Michigan – has played an outsize role in the debate over whether the state’s small population of wolves should be hunted. Koski’s farm was the site of more than 60 percent of all wolf attacks on livestock in Michigan, and lawmakers hell . . . 

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The Price of Progress – How Our Victories Breed Enemies

The Price of Progress – How Our Victories Breed Enemies

Precisely because The HSUS is so effective, we are the target of disinformation campaigns from our political adversaries. The king of disinformation is Rick Berman, the guy “60 Minutes” dubbed “Dr. Evil” for his work attacking public interest groups on behalf of anonymous corporations.   Among many successes this year, we prevented the resumption of . . . 

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Nestlé to Overhaul Farm Animal Treatment Across the Globe

By on August 21, 2014 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy
Nestlé to Overhaul Farm Animal Treatment Across the Globe

The world’s largest food company has spoken: cruelty on factory farms has got to go. Nestlé is the single-biggest maker of food across the globe, with dozens of widely known brands such as Dreyer's, Lean Cuisine and Butterfinger. Today, the company announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate many controversial-yet-currently-standard practices within its . . . 

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Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

By on August 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations, Opposition
Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

We are in a pitched battle against factory farming – a battle to transform agriculture and the way consumers think about and consume food. Animal agriculture has become thoroughly industrialized, with animals forced to live in windowless, overcrowded, stinking, ammonia-laden buildings. Photo: The HSUS Our society is raising too many animals for food – nine . . . 

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Trumped Up Charges Against Wolves, Dirty Dealings With Voters

Trumped Up Charges Against Wolves, Dirty Dealings With Voters

When lawmakers take an oath to “faithfully discharge the duties” of their office, they shouldn’t play games with the voters who put them there in the first place. Michigan lawmakers are trying to keep voters from weighing in on the fate of their state's small, recovering population of wolves. Photo: Alamy About half of the . . . 

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Tip of the Hat for Big Cat Habitat

By on August 18, 2014 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized

As I’ve mentioned before, The HSUS and its affiliates are collectively the largest provider of hands-on care for animals. Last week I was on the ground at one our facilities – in Texas – for the opening of the Big Cat Habitat at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, run by the Fund for Animals . . . 

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