Archive for January, 2016
Today, after a two-decade wait, we celebrate the release of a proposed federal rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve standards for the handling, care, and housing of captive marine mammals, mainly at aquariums and marine parks. It is an important animal welfare step, at a time when the nation is questioning . . .
You’ve probably gotten at least a glimpse of these Internet celebrities in viral videos or social media feeds: Toast Meets World, a toothless King Charles puppy mill rescue who has 342,000 Instagram followers; Bento the Keyboard Cat, who plays that electronic instrument not quite as well as Elton John; and Hamilton Pug, who went from . . .
More than anything, The HSUS is about one purpose: making tangible progress to stop animal cruelty. Our determined work for all animals wins us millions of supporters. But it also stirs the passions and fears of special interests and individuals who make a profit or get a thrill from hurting animals. Cockfighters and dogfighters, hunters of . . .
Today, Bob Evans—one of the country’s largest family dining chains based in Ohio, with more than 500 restaurants in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast — announced it will go 100 percent cage-free for the more than 100 million eggs it uses annually. You’ve lately heard, through this blog, about a cascade of new policies from . . .
Right whales – more endangered than pandas, Siberian tigers, or black rhinos – received a lifeline today from the federal government when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it will take action to expand the boundaries of their existing critical habitat in the North Atlantic by approximately 39,500 square miles. The HSUS and its . . .
The unusually fierce snowstorm that buried the mid-Atlantic states and disrupted transportation and work for so many people also wreaked havoc for animals. Wild animals are built to withstand bouts of severe weather, but they struggle to survive when temperatures and precipitation levels get extreme (there are news reports this month that more than a thousand . . .
Cecil may be roaring from heaven that other lions throughout Africa, including members of his former pride, may not experience his horrible fate, thanks to a federal rule that goes into effect today. The rule stipulates that American hunters who travel to Africa to hunt down lions can no longer freely bring their trophies back . . .
The so-called Sportsmen’s Act in Congress was always a misnomer. The bill provides a small class of trophy hunters free rein to kill native carnivores or bring their body parts into the United States without delivering anything practical or meaningful for rank-and-file hunters and fishermen. Yesterday, this bad bill became an atrocious one after proponents larded . . .
Target Corporation—one of the country’s largest retailers—has announced it is dismantling cages from its egg supply by 2025. On Monday, ConAgra Foods—maker of Egg Beaters and other popular food product brands—announced it too is switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. Working with such big-name companies on this commitment prompts me to reflect further on the . . .
The killing of Cecil the lion shocked people throughout the world, but Americans took particular offense because the shooter was one of our own – a privileged dentist from Minnesota. What a misuse of time and wealth to kill an extraordinary and beautiful creature, an icon of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and a driver of . . .