Archive for June, 2016

One year after Cecil’s killing, time to take aim at trophy hunting

One year after Cecil’s killing, time to take aim at trophy hunting

David Cote, CEO of Honeywell, a company in the top tier of the Fortune 500, shot a white rhino and had parts of the prehistoric-looking animal made into two vases, an ashtray, and an ice bucket. How’s that for treating the natural world as your playground and reducing one of the most magnificent animals on . . . 

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Breaking news: The HSUS pulls 46 dogs from dire circumstances in Arkansas

Breaking news: The HSUS pulls 46 dogs from dire circumstances in Arkansas

The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement officials descended this morning on a horrific sight on a property in Jefferson County, Arkansas – yet another animal crisis situation in the Natural State. In a darkened house, littered with filth, feces, urine, and junk, lived 46 dogs. Most were severely emaciated, with bald patches . . . 

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Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Voters in Massachusetts just took the Bay State one giant step closer to delivering a powerful punch to agribusiness interests that want to keep locking farm animals in cramped, overcrowded cages. Fueled by more than a thousand volunteer signature gatherers, The HSUS and other members of the coalition backing the farm animal protection ballot measure . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

By on June 26, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 9 Comments
Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

As we begin our launch of a major campaign to improve the lives of chickens raised for meat, I’m happy to report one of the biggest brand names in the world of chicken production is announcing promising reforms. The HSUS has helped set veal crates, gestation crates, and battery cages on a trajectory toward extinction in the United States, through our corporate, legislative, . . . 

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Breaking news: Florida black bears get a 2016 stay of execution

Breaking news: Florida black bears get a 2016 stay of execution

In a stunning reversal from its decision last year to authorize the state’s first bear hunt since 1994, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted this week not to proceed with a trophy hunt in 2016, sparing as many as 400 bears and acknowledging the overwhelming expression of public sentiment that the hunt is the . . . 

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Congress must get on track on horse racing reform

Congress must get on track on horse racing reform

The Triple Crown races are over for the year, but thousands of horses dash every day around the oval at tracks in 38 racing jurisdictions – Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds in harness racing, Quarter horses, and Arabians. Too many of these horses will die from catastrophic breakdowns because of inconsistent humane standards in the industry, and owners and . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Today, it was my great honor to attend the presidential signing ceremony at the White House for a revision of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, with my colleague Sara Amundson from the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Today’s final action upgrades a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals, and contains – for the . . . 

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Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

By on June 21, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

I hope you’ll take three minutes right now to watch a trailer for an exciting and remarkable new film about the struggle to build a more humane food production system in the United States. As I wrote in The Humane Economy, there are many explanations for the amazing progress we are seeing in different sectors . . . 

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As Yulin dog meat festival starts, poll shows overwhelming Chinese opposition to dog-meat-eating spectacle

As Yulin dog meat festival starts, poll shows overwhelming Chinese opposition to dog-meat-eating spectacle

With a gruesome dog-killing spectacle about to play out in Yulin, China, in just hours, a new poll of Chinese citizens shows no appetite for the spectacle or the idea of dog eating at all. That poll, commissioned by Humane Society International and the group Avaaz, found that as many as 64 percent of people in . . . 

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Trophy hunters should leave Florida’s bears alone

Trophy hunters should leave Florida’s bears alone

Perhaps the biggest animal protection cause of the year in Florida is stopping the plan to renew the state’s first trophy hunting season on black bears in more than two decades. I worked with so many concerned Floridians on stopping the hunting in the early 1990s, when the state had just a few hundred bears . . . 

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