Archive for July, 2016

Book review: Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull

By on July 31, 2016 in Companion Animals with 19 Comments
Book review: Bronwen Dickey’s Pit Bull

There are flashpoints in our relationship with animals – controversies where people are divided on important topics, from vegetarianism to captive wildlife in zoos to deer management. But surely one of the most controversial issues is our relationship with pit bull type dogs. Are they inherently dangerous, or are they like any other dogs, but . . . 

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Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Approximately 59 percent of the world’s biggest mammalian carnivore species—from wolves to tigers to lions— and 60 percent of the largest herbivores, are now listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as threatened with extinction, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. That information is at the core of . . . 

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Hundreds of dogs saved from slaughter in China

Hundreds of dogs saved from slaughter in China

China is at the center of the dog meat industry, with as many as 10 million dogs slaughtered each year for human consumption. We are committed to abolishing the whole cruel, unscrupulous practice and enterprise, and last weekend, we put yet another dent in that rickety façade. Members of China Animal Protection Power, a coalition . . . 

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Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

No one should get away with animal cruelty. Not an individual and not an industry. But that’s what’s been happening with scofflaw owners and trainers within a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. This week, we applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing a proposed rule, fulfilling a number of the requests . . . 

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Donald Trump Jr. may be out of luck in killing more leopards

Donald Trump Jr. may be out of luck in killing more leopards

The son of the Republican nominee for president – the son who favors killing elephants and leopards over golfing and says he wants to become secretary of the Interior Department (which oversees trophy imports) if his father is elected president – might have to set his gunsights elsewhere if HSUS and HSI get our way. . . . 

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XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

Sodexo, the world’s second largest food service company with operations in 80 countries, announced today that it will phase in the exclusive use of cage-free eggs (liquid and shell) for its global supply chain by 2025, and we hope sooner. The announcement comes just over a year after Sodexo pledged to switch all 20 million . . . 

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Animal issues to highlight election ballots in four states

Animal issues to highlight election ballots in four states

Some of the biggest gains and turning points in our movement have come through the ballot initiative process, when The HSUS and other groups sidestepped state lawmakers unwilling to take action to stop animal cruelty and appealed directly to the people by qualifying and passing animal protection reforms. Since The HSUS threw its weight behind . . . 

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Road to progress for elephants passes through Rhode Island

Road to progress for elephants passes through Rhode Island

Rhode Island yesterday became the first state in the nation to pass a ban on cruel bullhooks used to control elephants who perform in traveling shows and circuses, establishing a statewide policy that we’d only seen previously at the local level. We commend Gov. Gina Raimondo for signing this measure into law, and thank Rep. . . . 

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Mounting an attack on dogfighting in Mexico

Mounting an attack on dogfighting in Mexico

It’s time to ban dogfighting in Mexico – everywhere in the country. It’s already banned in several states there, but the law is silent in others, and there’s no national law against what is perhaps the most widely reviled animal crime in the world. This week, our Humane Society International – Mexico office announced a . . . 

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Obama standing up to halt aerial hunting of grizzlies, denning of wolves, and other ghastly practices on preserves, refuges in Alaska

Obama standing up to halt aerial hunting of grizzlies, denning of wolves, and other ghastly practices on preserves, refuges in Alaska

The United States does not have to be party to the anti-predator mania that infects the wildlife management industry in Alaska. The state adopted an Intensive Predator Management program in 1994, and it’s essentially been treating its moose and caribou like a cattle herd, offering them up to Alaska hunters – both resident and non-resident . . . 

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