Archive for October, 2015

Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

“Support for ending the cruel and wasteful slaughter of America’s horses spans the political spectrum; it’s not a partisan issue — this is a quintessentially American issue. It’s about our values, our heritage, and what we tolerate as a society. Truly, this is a common sense issue we can all support, and now it is . . . 

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Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

With the end of an era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees at hand, and the National Institutes of Health aiming to retire the vast majority of its government owned chimpanzees to the national chimpanzee sanctuary, the three laboratories that house privately owned chimpanzees are no doubt considering their options for the 400 or so animals . . . 

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Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

By on October 28, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

During the throes of the political fight in California over Prop 2, we got wind that the American Egg Board – a Congressionally authorized body that manages millions of dollars that accrue from a tax on every egg sold, and that is charged with promoting and marketing egg consumption to the public – was attempting . . . 

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Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

In a stroke of very good news, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced last Friday that there would be no mountain lion hunting season in the state in 2016. Nebraska’s first and only mountain-lion-hunting season occurred in 2014, when hunters killed five lions, and it was the subject of a determined campaign by state Senator . . . 

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Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

On Friday, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a damning report about the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of wild horses. The report concluded that agency officials did nothing to prevent a notorious livestock hauler from acquiring nearly 1,800 wild horses and burros over a four-year period . . . 

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Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

Frankie was one of 50 small dogs rescued from a puppy mill that closed down. She was already 10 years old and was missing more than a clump of her fur due to mange. Harley lived for years at the end of a short, rusty chain, tethered to a tree, with a patch of dirt . . . 

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Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

We’re coming down to the wire in Massachusetts on the first critical phase of action for our ballot initiative to phase out the extreme confinement of animals in cages or crates on factory farms. We have until November 18th to gather signatures from 95,000 registered voters to qualify this landmark anti-confinement measure in the Bay . . . 

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Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee granted an appeal made by The HSUS along with other animal protection and conservation groups and reversed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s 7 -1 decision to dramatically expand cougar hunting in the state. The governor’s intervention spared dozens of cougars a miserable fate. In April, the Commission introduced the . . . 

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Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The HSUS has yielded hundreds of pages of damning information, including grim and grisly photographs, documenting the abuse of Tennessee walking horses by Larry Wheelon, the trainer who got a get-out-of-jail card last year based on a technicality after prosecutors brought charges against him for alleged illegal . . . 

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Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

In a speech recorded for broadcast to an audience of 100 million people in China, Prince William has made an appeal to the Chinese people to stop buying illegal wildlife products. “I am absolutely convinced that China can become a global leader in the protection of wildlife,” the Duke of Cambridge remarked, on the eve . . . 

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