Archive for February, 2015

Indian Tribes, Others Stand Up for Wolves

Indian Tribes, Others Stand Up for Wolves

The United Tribes of Michigan (comprising 12 recognized Indian tribes in the northern part of the state) recently adopted a resolution opposing removal of federal protections for wolves and calling on people to recognize the historical and ecological significance of wolves. It’s a message closely aligned with that of The HSUS, and we are glad . . . 

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SEA the WORLD From Whales’ Perspective

By on February 26, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
SEA the WORLD From Whales’ Perspective

The footage was recorded in January, taken by the operator of a whale-watching boat in Cabo St. Lucas – at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula in the west of Mexico. A juvenile humpback whale surges out of the water, and splashes down on his side. He proceeds for several minutes with his natural display, . . . 

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Best in Spay-and-Neuter

By on February 25, 2015 in Companion Animals with 6 Comments
Best in Spay-and-Neuter

Consider two recent events focused on dogs: one, yesterday’s 21st annual World Spay Day, a joint program of The HSUS, HSI, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), and two, last week’s 139th Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden. The first is not so much a celebration of dogs, but a practical-minded . . . 

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Court Ruling Underscores Need for Action to End Horse Soring

Court Ruling Underscores Need for Action to End Horse Soring

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down a U.S. Department of Agriculture regulation requiring private, industry-appointed inspectors to impose mandatory minimum penalties on participants caught “soring” – the practice of deliberately injuring a horse’s legs and hooves to force the horse to perform an artificial, high-stepping gait highly prized in . . . 

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Meat Industry Gripes, as Grip on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Loosens

Meat Industry Gripes, as Grip on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Loosens

The federal government’s dietary guidelines have a stilted history. When I was growing up, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promoted the Basic Four Food Groups as the construct of the ideal diet, with meat and dairy constituting half of the food groups and fruits and vegetables bunched into a single slot (and grains into . . . 

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Dogs Rescued from Arkansas Mill, Where Cold Compounds Misery

Dogs Rescued from Arkansas Mill, Where Cold Compounds Misery

The bracing freeze that has enveloped so much of the country reminds us of the power of nature and our vulnerability to the extremes of climate. During a time like this, those of us in cold-weather climates bundle up head to toe to go outside, steel ourselves, and rush to get back inside a protected . . . 

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XOXO to Sodexo – For Taking a Stand for Millions of Hens

By on February 19, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 11 Comments
XOXO to Sodexo – For Taking a Stand for Millions of Hens

Today, with Sodexo, we are announcing that the giant food service company has committed, over the next five years, to switch all 20 million pounds of its liquid eggs to cage-free. The company manages dining operations at thousands of colleges, universities, hospitals, and corporate dining centers across the country. Due to its enormous size, this will remove 750,000 . . . 

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Pack of Scientists Urges Congress to Leave Wolves, ESA Alone

Pack of Scientists Urges Congress to Leave Wolves, ESA Alone

Today, more than 50 world-renowned wildlife biologists and scientists, many of whom have devoted their entire professional careers toward understanding the social and biological issues surrounding wolves in North America, sent a letter to Congress urging members to oppose any efforts to strip federal protections for wolves in the contiguous 48 states. If Congress were . . . 

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Ractopamine: It’s What’s For Dinner

Ractopamine: It’s What’s For Dinner

China and Russia aren’t known as leaders on food safety or animal welfare, yet there’s one drug that even they—along with much of the world, including the European Union—won’t allow to be fed to animals destined for the plate: ractopamine. This growth-promoting drug has left thousands of pigs lame, in intense pain, downed, and even . . . 

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Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Outdoor Cats

Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Outdoor Cats

Cat advocates, wildlife conservationists, legislators, and public health representatives have long struggled with the issue of managing outdoor cats. And it’s no small matter, since there could be as many as 40 million community (feral and stray) cats now living in the United States, of which just two percent are sterilized and vaccinated. As perhaps the only . . . 

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