Archive for September, 2015
The killing of Cecil the Lion gave the world a vivid example of the pain and misery left behind by globe-trotting elites whose primary hobby is killing prized specimens of the most beloved and threatened wild animals on the planet. Today we are turning up the wattage in our campaign against trophy killing by releasing . . .
Today, I was so pleased to participate in a press conference to announce the launch of “Every Living Thing,” a national campaign to engage the Evangelical community on animal protection issues. “Every Living Thing” is built around a statement of principles about animal protection from major Evangelical leaders. The plan is to appeal to Evangelical leaders . . .
Yesterday, Judge Amy Totenberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s denial of an import permit application for 18 wild-caught beluga whales for the Georgia Aquarium, SeaWorld facilities, and two other aquaria. We and others had been pressing the agency to reject this application since we . . .
There can be no question that, among all major companies in the supermarket sector, Whole Foods Market has been the leader on animal welfare. It’s typically been a first adopter of new vegetarian and vegan food products, and in the process made plant-based eating a far more mainstream and practical notion. Whole Foods has had no . . .
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China today announced a detailed and shared commitment to end the global trade in ivory. President Xi said his country would match the U.S.’s commitment to stop any commercial trade in ivory, in a stunning announcement that dramatically fortifies a prior statement on the subject from a senior Chinese . . .
Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States – his first-ever visit – has created extraordinary excitement and drawn enormous crowds and round-the-clock coverage. This Pope and his ideas are of enormous interest to the American public, whether Catholic or non-Catholic. The Pope is of special interest to us at The HSUS because of the ideas he’s . . .
This week, thousands of primary school children in Hanoi, Vietnam, pledged to protect rhinos after attending the premiere of an educational cartoon movie based on Humane Society International’s children’s book, “I am a Little Rhino.” The cartoon has been running on national television there for the entire week, reaching more than a million Vietnamese, and . . .
At the beginning of this year, I shared with you the heartbreaking story of our rescue of 65 breeding dogs from a suspected hog-dog breeding operation in Cottonwood, Alabama. When our Animal Rescue Team found the dogs, they were emaciated and cold and thirsty and hungry, so much so that their ribs protruded. Victims of hog-dog . . .
The HSUS and other animal welfare organizations today filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the agency to improve minimum standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities – the latest strategic policy action to turn around our nation’s disgraceful tolerance of puppy mills. The USDA has taken strides in . . .
The living conditions remind me of American puppy mills – varying breeds of dogs, packed into wire cages often lifted off the ground, fetid water in bowls, and a look of doom and sadness in their eyes. But it’s a different type of dog-abuse industry, and it’s not in the United States. It’s a dog-meat farm . . .