Archive for September, 2014

Maine Wildlife Officials Abuse Public Trust and Office in Ballot Campaign

By on September 30, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Maine Wildlife Officials Abuse Public Trust and Office in Ballot Campaign

What if there were a ballot initiative in Maine to ban the death penalty, and staff from the Maine Department of Corrections joined with private citizens to oppose the measure, spent state resources traveling around the state, starred in TV ads with their uniforms on, raised funds and even gave state dollars to support the . . . 

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USDA Stumbles in Naming Puppy Mill Defender to Key Animal Welfare Post

USDA Stumbles in Naming Puppy Mill Defender to Key Animal Welfare Post

In a puzzling and contradictory move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed an outspoken anti-animal-welfare advocate to a post that will exert influence on enforcement of federal laws related to puppy mills. Julian Prager, an official with two anti-animal-welfare groups and an opponent of the very regulations that he’s now assigned to help . . . 

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Big Gains in Wyoming for Wolves

By on September 24, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Big Gains in Wyoming for Wolves

Wolves are off the hunting and trapping menu in Wyoming, and back on the federal Endangered Species list, thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson yesterday in lawsuits filed by The HSUS and several major environmental and conservation organizations. This is the second state hunting season on wolves cancelled in two weeks, with the . . . 

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Kohl’s Caught Selling Real Fur as ‘Faux’ – Again

By on September 23, 2014 in Investigations
Kohl’s Caught Selling Real Fur as ‘Faux’ – Again

Raccoon dog fur is often falsely advertised or mislabeled as faux. Photo: Alamy Once again, The HSUS has identified a major American retailer saying one thing and doing another. Kohl’s department store has been telling customers it has its act together when it comes to distinguishing between real and fake fur, but, according to our . . . 

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Undercover Investigation Reveals Primate Injuries, Death at Texas Biomed

Undercover Investigation Reveals Primate Injuries, Death at Texas Biomed

Today, I announce news of an HSUS investigation into a primate research facility. The investigation occurred last year, and at that time we provided findings to federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken action and cited the lab for violations of the Animal Welfare Act based on our investigation, and now it’s time to share . . . 

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Reopening a Cruel Chapter, at UW-Madison, in Maternal Deprivation Experiments

By on September 19, 2014 in Animal Research and Testing
Reopening a Cruel Chapter, at UW-Madison, in Maternal Deprivation Experiments

We have a strong, natural inclination to protect the vulnerable, and that urge swells when it comes to caring for infants and children. So when I was told of a government-funded study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in which infant monkeys would be separated from their mothers, subjected to other stressors to build even higher states . . . 

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Global Community Tells Japan to Stand Down on Southern Ocean Whaling

By on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Global Community Tells Japan to Stand Down on Southern Ocean Whaling

The big news on whaling in 2014 was the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declaring Japan’s hunt in the southern hemisphere is at odds with international rules. As a consequence, for the first time in more than 100 years, there was no whaling in the Southern Ocean since the ICJ ruling on . . . 

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Big News: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases

By on September 17, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care
Big News: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases

Cruelty to animals will get its own category in federal crime reports for the first time. I got that word yesterday from John Thompson, my friend at the National Sheriffs’ Association, who told me that Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey has signed off on including animal cruelty offenses in the Uniform Crime Report. . . . 

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Little Competition, Lots of Soring at This Year’s Celebration

Little Competition, Lots of Soring at This Year’s Celebration

With so many lawmakers signed on to legislation that would substantially upgrade the federal law against horse soring – the practice of deliberately wounding a horse’s legs and hooves to create the artificial, high-stepping gait known as the “big lick” – we hear from industry leaders that they have cleaned up their act. They say there’s no . . . 

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Live Action in Pennsylvania on Live Pigeon Shoots

By on September 15, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Live Action in Pennsylvania on Live Pigeon Shoots

Today, I was in Harrisburg advocating for the enactment of H.B. 1750, which would ban the eating of dogs and cats and end live pigeon shoots. I was joined by lawmakers from both parties and by representatives of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania SPCA, the Women’s Humane Society, . . . 

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