Archive for August, 2015

West Virginia, Michigan to Shutter Last Gas Chambers

West Virginia, Michigan to Shutter Last Gas Chambers

It was a standout week in our campaign to ensure that no pet ever faces death in a carbon monoxide gas chamber. Last week, West Virginia closed its last remaining chamber, thanks to a grant from The HSUS and the persistence of our West Virginia state director, Heather Severt. Two shelters in the state had continued to operate their chambers . . . 

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The Killing of Cecil and Other Fronts in the War on Predators

The Killing of Cecil and Other Fronts in the War on Predators

What’s the most dangerous predator in the world?  The polar bear, or the great white shark, or the Siberian tiger? Not one of them comes close to the track record of homo sapiens as predator. We kill other carnivores at a more intense and severe rate than any predator kills their top prey within any . . . 

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Horse Soring Exposed: Results Show 100 percent of Samples at Major Stable Test Positive for Illegal Substances

By on August 27, 2015 in Equine, Investigations with 39 Comments
Horse Soring Exposed: Results Show 100 percent of Samples at Major Stable Test Positive for Illegal Substances

Two days ago I announced on A Humane Nation our latest undercover investigation – this one, providing incontrovertible proof that a major stable in Murfreesboro, Tenn., called ThorSport Farm, is knee-deep in the practice of horse “soring” –  the deliberate injuring of horses’ legs and hooves by chemical or mechanical means. We’ve been campaigning aggressively . . . 

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Farmers, Corporations, States Move Toward Cage-Free Future

By on August 26, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 6 Comments
Farmers, Corporations, States Move Toward Cage-Free Future

Last week, I announced that The HSUS, the Massachusetts SPCA, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the ASPCA, Zoo New England, and a number of other prominent organizations have launched a ballot initiative in the Bay State to stop extreme confinement of laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves, and to ensure that any shell eggs . . . 

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New HSUS Investigation Exposes Soring, Abuse of Walking Horses at Top Tennessee Stable

New HSUS Investigation Exposes Soring, Abuse of Walking Horses at Top Tennessee Stable

Moments ago, I announced at a press conference the findings of the latest HSUS undercover investigation documenting horrific abuse of Tennessee walking horses, with major trainers caught red-handed hurting horses and prepping animals for the breed’s upcoming National Celebration – the multi-day pinnacle event in Shelbyville, Tennessee – by cooking chemicals into their legs. A . . . 

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The HSUS, Police Break Up Dogfight Attended by Hundreds in South Carolina

The HSUS, Police Break Up Dogfight Attended by Hundreds in South Carolina

In a dramatic action, The HSUS was on the scene yesterday in Chester County, South Carolina, assisting local authorities in breaking up a massive dogfight—an event that Chris Schindler, animal fighting manager at The HSUS, described as being “likely one of the largest if not the largest dogfights ever taken down.” Using intelligence provided by . . . 

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In the Wake of Katrina

In the Wake of Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is forever seared in my memory, and it forever changed the perceptions and stature of the humane movement in this country – for the better. It was a moment of extraordinary turmoil and overwhelming tragedy, but it also brought the issue of animal rescue and the human-animal bond into the mainstream like never before. While . . . 

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Cecil Killing Offers Prospect of Sweeping Reforms

Cecil Killing Offers Prospect of Sweeping Reforms

The reverberations from the early July slaying of Cecil the lion continue to be felt worldwide, with the news that authorities in Zimbabwe have charged the second of two men who guided Safari Club International member Walter Palmer’s illicit trophy kill just outside the borders of Hwange National Park. “Cecil was delivered to him like a . . . 

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Mass. Ballot Measure Launched – A Step to End Era of Extreme Confinement on Factory Farms

Mass. Ballot Measure Launched – A Step to End Era of Extreme Confinement on Factory Farms

Today, The HSUS and a remarkable group of organizational partners launched a ballot initiative campaign in Massachusetts that, if successful, will bring our society dramatically closer to ending the era of extreme animal confinement on the nation’s factory farms. Just moments ago, I announced the initiative petition at the state house in Boston, accompanied by . . . 

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Time for U.S. Military to Launch a Surge – for Alternatives to Animal Testing

Time for U.S. Military to Launch a Surge – for Alternatives to Animal Testing

In recent years, the Department of Defense has been improving in its efforts to reduce and replace the use of animals in laboratory and field testing. Here are some of the major areas of progress: Investments made by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2004 to 2009 have led to the development of . . . 

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