Archive for March, 2015

Gamecock Raid in Gamecock State

By on March 31, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care with 14 Comments
Gamecock Raid in Gamecock State

As they broke up an active cockfight this weekend in South Carolina, members of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement came upon some horrific circumstances. Four birds had just been pulled from the pit, suffering grievous injuries inflicted by sharp knives strapped to their feet, and off to the side, there was . . . 

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Gulf Coast Transformation Gains Even More Momentum

Gulf Coast Transformation Gains Even More Momentum

Today, at a jam-packed Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, The HSUS announced $1 million in grants to animal welfare groups, prisons, and vet schools to advance life-saving programs for pets in the Gulf Coast. The announcement is one part of our bigger, week-long, 10-year look-back on the transformational impact of Hurricane Katrina not only . . . 

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Animal Welfare is Brewin’ at Dunkin’ Donuts

By on March 30, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
Animal Welfare is Brewin’ at Dunkin’ Donuts

I’m excited to share with you another big step away from the cruelty of cage confinement of hens. Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s top fast-food chains, is exploring the feasibility of transitioning to cage-free eggs globally for use in all of its food products. Even as it works toward this goal, as an immediate . . . 

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The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife made two important announcements about trophy hunting. The good news is that the Service extended a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, where an autocratic ruler has made a mess of the resource-rich nation’s wildlife management program. Extending the ban is the right move, not only . . . 

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Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Without much of anybody but The HSUS and the participants in the case noticing, we gained a major victory this week in our decades-long quest to assert and defend the federal government’s right to crack down on animal abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court elected not to hear an appeal of a federal appellate court ruling upholding . . . 

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American Sniper – Humane Society style

By on March 25, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 22 Comments
American Sniper – Humane Society style

Today, I am in Hastings-on-Hudson, a bedroom community about a half hour north of New York City, on a deer hunt. The weapon of choice is a dart gun, and it’s one of the key tools in our collaborative experiment  with the town to vaccinate Hastings-on-Hudson’s deer and prevent the treated animals from reproducing, as . . . 

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Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Shark finning, as is customarily done, requires that a fishermen haul a shark from the ocean, slice its fin off, and then throw the rest of the shark – often still alive – back into the ocean. This leaves the shark not only with gaping, mortal wounds, but also with no ability to swim. The creature . . . 

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The Sparrow Fund – A Lifeline for Those in Greatest Need

The Sparrow Fund – A Lifeline for Those in Greatest Need

Clayton Van Wert was throwing out trash at a dump site on the edge of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota last month when he heard whimpering and banging coming from a burning dumpster nearby. “I looked in and I could see this figure of a dog that was coming through the flames,” said . . . 

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The South Korean 57 – Delivered From the Clutches of the Dog Meat Trade

The South Korean 57 – Delivered From the Clutches of the Dog Meat Trade

This week, we turned around the fortunes of 57 dogs set to be butchered after a short, brutish life on a dog meat farm in South Korea, and shepherded them to the United States. They’ll be treated and cared for at the East Bay SPCA, Marin Humane Society, Sacramento SPCA, and San Francisco SPCA, before . . . 

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New Orleans Convention to Show How Katrina Changed Disaster Planning for the Nation

New Orleans Convention to Show How Katrina Changed Disaster Planning for the Nation

On March 31, nearly 2,500 animal welfare experts and other enthusiasts from around the world will converge in New Orleans for our 24th HSUS Animal Care Expo, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for animal shelter and rescue professionals and advocates. This Animal Care Expo promises to be our biggest ever, and its . . . 

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