Archive for December, 2014

High-Impact HSUS Victories for Wildlife on Land and at Sea in 2014

High-Impact HSUS Victories for Wildlife on Land and at Sea in 2014

The December 19th ruling by a federal judge in favor of wolf protection in the Great Lakes capped a remarkable set of gains for wildlife at home and abroad. We are not afraid to take on the tough fights and to confront both callous disregard and calculated cruelty to wildlife.  In the latest in a . . . 

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Gains for Dogs and Cats (and Humanity) in 2014

Gains for Dogs and Cats (and Humanity) in 2014

Our relationship with animals, as a society, is full of contradictions. We say we love animals and we have laws forbidding cruelty, but there’s so much abuse that goes on every day. That’s true in looking at the wide range of relationships we humans have with both wild and domesticated animals. But it’s even true with our . . . 

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The Animal Issues That Made Headlines in 2014

The Animal Issues That Made Headlines in 2014

Grassroots groups are vital to our movement, something I’ve known since my earliest days of on-the-ground activism during college. But even then, while hosting educational events and organizing demonstrations, I held the view that the most important element needed for the success of the animal protection cause was to have a large, powerful organization that could . . . 

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Terrain for Farm Animals Shifted in 2014 – Our Biggest Gains in Agriculture

By on December 24, 2014 in Farm Animals
Terrain for Farm Animals Shifted in 2014 – Our Biggest Gains in Agriculture

The HSUS and Humane Society International are about protecting all animals. And nowhere is that more evident than our campaign to help the biggest category of animals at risk – farm animals. With legislative, corporate, judicial, rural outreach, and public awareness campaigns, we have generated major reforms within agribusiness. This year turned out to be . . . 

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Starbucks: That’s a Latte Progress for Animals

By on December 23, 2014 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy
Starbucks: That’s a Latte Progress for Animals

As we approach the January 1st implementation date for California’s Proposition 2 and A.B. 1437– two historic animal welfare laws that ban the production and sale of eggs from hens kept in extreme confinement – I’m elated to share the news of the decision by Starbucks to put in place a North American cage-free egg . . . 

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Equine Protection Gains and Challenges in 2014

Equine Protection Gains and Challenges in 2014

Horses are a big part of our agenda at The HSUS, which houses the only national advocacy department focused on protecting horses from commercial exploitation. Our team, unfortunately, has no shortage of issues to contend with, given that there are enormous problems associated with horse slaughter throughout North America, horse “soring” in Tennessee and some other . . . 

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Breaking News: Federal Court Restores Protections for Great Lakes Wolves, Ends Trophy Hunting and Commercial Trapping

By on December 19, 2014 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Breaking News: Federal Court Restores Protections for Great Lakes Wolves, Ends Trophy Hunting and Commercial Trapping

This afternoon, we received the very welcome and far-reaching news that a federal judge just issued an order requiring that sport hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes region must end immediately, in response to our legal action. This comes just six weeks after voters in Michigan soundly rejected a trophy hunting season . . . 

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Our Most Popular Videos of 2014

Our Most Popular Videos of 2014

I like to make a logical case for animal protection, because I believe that our work is an extension of anti-cruelty principles that are so well-established in our society. So much of what is done to animals is wrong, and it defies the norms of a civil society. From dogfighting to factory farming, the people and . . . 

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HSUS Top Legal Victories for 2014

HSUS Top Legal Victories for 2014

The HSUS is the number one provider of direct care to animals. We work hard to educate the public about animal issues and cooperate with a wide range of corporations on their policies related to animals – whether they are cosmetics companies, food retailers, or fashion firms. We also work on public policy and enforcement of the law. We . . . 

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A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

The U.S. Congress wrapped up its work on the Farm Bill in early 2014, and in the end we saw two very good outcomes in that package: an upgrade to the federal law against animal fighting to make it a crime to attend or bring a child to an animal fight, and a nixing of . . . 

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