Archive for December, 2015

On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

We live in an incredible nation – a nation, like the others, still a work in progress.  Think of it as a body bearing more than a few scars from past travails and battles, and one with its share of open wounds. And think of it as a country full of fault lines, and, as the . . . 

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New U.S. Rules May Put the Lid on South Africa’s Canned Hunts for Lions

New U.S. Rules May Put the Lid on South Africa’s Canned Hunts for Lions

One major effect of last week’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action to list African lions as threatened or endangered across their range is to cripple South Africa’s despicable and deplorable canned hunting industry – as reported this morning by Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner. According to the government of South Africa, there are . . . 

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Breaking News: Costco, Subway, Carnival Cruise Lines All In on Cage Free

By on December 29, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
Breaking News: Costco, Subway, Carnival Cruise Lines All In on Cage Free

Word broke yesterday, reported by Fox News, NPR, Quartz, and others, that the supermarket giant Costco has committed to an entirely cage-free future. “Costco is committed to going cage‐free for its egg procurement,” states the company’s website. “We are working with our suppliers toward a complete and sustainable transition to a cage-free supply chain.” Costco is a . . . 

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Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

This year, we helped secure an extraordinary series of gains in the federal policy-making realm — gains ushered in by Congress and federal executive agencies. More broadly, the government banned the use of chimps in experiments, saw new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, established new protections for African lions from American trophy hunters, . . . 

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Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

Looking back on 2015, think Cecil, Ringling, McDonald’s and Walmart, the National Institutes of Health, the FBI, the European Union, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They were just a few of the big names at the center of so many big things that happened for animals. It was the highest-impact year in the . . . 

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Nestlé, the World’s Biggest Food Company, Goes All In on Cage Free

By on December 22, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments
Nestlé, the World’s Biggest Food Company, Goes All In on Cage Free

The global food giant Nestlé has announced that it will switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in the United States by 2020. There’s been an absolute avalanche of similar announcements concerning cage-free production this year—from McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Dunkin’ Donuts—and well, the list goes on (and on, and on). In fact, just yesterday Carnival Corp.—the world’s largest cruise company—announced . . . 

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U.S. Provides Endangered Species Act Protections for African Lions — Seeks to Avoid Sequel to Cecil Killing

U.S. Provides Endangered Species Act Protections for African Lions — Seeks to Avoid Sequel to Cecil Killing

In a move sure to be jarring to the worldwide trophy hunting industry, and that could gut South Africa’s canned hunting industry, the United States signaled that it will classify the African lion as threatened or endangered across its entire range in Africa. This action comes four and a half years after several organizations, including The HSUS, . . . 

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Ben & Jerry’s Offers New Ingredient for Every Flavor: No Tail Cutting of Cows

By on December 18, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Ben & Jerry’s Offers New Ingredient for Every Flavor: No Tail Cutting of Cows

We welcome the news this week that Ben & Jerry’s will prohibit its milk suppliers from cutting cows’ tails off, effective by the end of 2016. As the company notes, “Overall, this policy officially confirms Ben & Jerry’s expectations with all of its dairy farmer/producers – that is, every farm that supplies Ben & Jerry’s . . . 

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Five Freedoms for Walmart, End of Chimp Research Among Top Blogs for 2015

Five Freedoms for Walmart, End of Chimp Research Among Top Blogs for 2015

Every weekday, on A Humane Nation, I share news and analysis about the work of The HSUS and its affiliates, and comment on the broader issues in society relating to animal protection. Given the growth in awareness, and the enormous public engagement with animal welfare, there’s a fever pitch on our issues, with breaking news . . . 

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Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, released early this morning and set for final action in the House and Senate later this week, turned out extraordinarily well for animal protection advocates. The negotiations were led by Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Harry Reid, D-NV, and House leaders Paul Ryan, R-WI, and Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, along . . . 

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