Archive for March, 2016
By the time I got to a Pets for Life (PFL) event in the heart of Philadelphia at the official start time of 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning about a year ago, some folks had already been in line for five hours. By 10 a.m., the line stretched around the inner city park, with a pet . . .
Controversy for the New York Blood Center is sure to ratchet up, with sisters, actresses, and New York natives Rooney Mara (“Carol,” “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) in the picture. The two recently flew halfway around the world to the West African nation of Liberia to get a firsthand look at more than 60 . . .
When I became president and CEO of The HSUS just short of a dozen years ago, not a single major food retailer was selling only cage-free eggs. In fact, I was writing letters to companies merely asking for cage-free offerings, for the small percentage of consumers who might choose them. We’ve come a long way in . . .
Yesterday’s Arizona Republic ran a column from me about Arizona’s leading role on some core animal protection causes: kick-starting the anti-confinement movement for farm animals and the effort to promote adoption of homeless dogs and cats. Enhanced protections for farm animals came through a landmark ballot measure in 2006 that reverberated around the nation, and a . . .
The Japanese government confirmed yesterday that its whaling fleet had arrived home in Shimonoseki, having killed 100 percent of its self-awarded quota of 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean. Nearly two-thirds of the harpooned females were pregnant, creating a multiplier effect and putting the actual loss of lives at 540. This year marked a return to Antarctic . . .
Kansas legislators are considering a bill that would reintroduce greyhound racing eight years after the last tracks closed in the state. Talk about running backwards. If this is what counts as economic development in Kansas, then the Sunflower State is in trouble. Greyhound racing is anything but an incubator of jobs or commerce. This bill would try . . .
I’ve written recently about two outrageous and closely related maneuvers in Oklahoma: the first, an effort by the farm lobby and its allies in the puppy mill and cockfighting domains to pass a sweeping and overreaching constitutional amendment by referendum to establish a “right to farm,” and the second, an effort in the state legislature to bar national animal . . .
Luxury designer Giorgio Armani today announced that all of his labels will go 100 percent fur-free, marking a historic day for the fashion industry and making a case that it’s no longer necessary for any clothing retailer to use real fur when we have perfectly suitable alternatives. Armani, one of the world’s best known fashion designers . . .
While we take pride in forging unexpected alliances on specific issues to advance animals’ interests – whether with SeaWorld, United Egg Producers, or even in the world of horse racing with the Jockey Club – we also focus plenty of energy on working with companies that have a well-established commitment to engaging with us on . . .
The announcement I made yesterday with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby about the end of any breeding of the company’s orcas, its shift toward a rescue-and-rehabilitation strategy for other marine mammals, a change in its food service policies, and more, has been reverberating across the world. It’s a big moment in the life of that company, . . .