Archive for August, 2016

Mammoth news about elephants and their status

Mammoth news about elephants and their status

The number of elephants in the African savanna is in drastic decline, their population having dwindled by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to the Great Elephant Census, the first-ever pan-African survey of savanna elephants. The report, released today, was funded by philanthropist (and HSUS supporter) Paul G. Allen. This extraordinarily detailed and comprehensive . . . 

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California leads again for animals — by banning bullhooks, orca breeding

California leads again for animals — by banning bullhooks, orca breeding

California Governor Jerry Brown is poised to sign a budget bill this week, and tucked within it is a provision to bar any breeding of captive orcas in California – making the state the first to forbid this practice. SeaWorld supports this new policy, as a logical follow up to the publicly announced reform package . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS investigation connects New Jersey pet stores to notorious Midwest puppy mills

Breaking news: HSUS investigation connects New Jersey pet stores to notorious Midwest puppy mills

An HSUS undercover investigation covering every known pet store in New Jersey that sells puppies has revealed that many of these businesses sourced animals from puppy mills with Animal Welfare Act violations. Federal inspectors, in some cases, found bleeding or injured dogs and even dead puppies at the worst of the breeders. At some of . . . 

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A wild name, and an amazing, vast, new marine sanctuary

A wild name, and an amazing, vast, new marine sanctuary

Today, in an exhilarating lead-up to next week’s gathering of dozens of nations at the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, President Obama announced his intention to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, which will make it the largest marine protected area in the world. . . . 

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USDA may give us a different kind of Celebration

USDA may give us a different kind of Celebration

The annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration begins in Shelbyville, Tennessee, today — the high point of a months-long show season of torture and pain for walking horses subjected to the despicable practice of soring. The good news is, this may be the last year where abused horses are put on show with the blessing . . . 

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Grizzly bears under the gun in Yellowstone region

Grizzly bears under the gun in Yellowstone region

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming are aligned on the idea of removing federal Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, and we could be looking at a federal delisting as early as this autumn. This, despite the fact that most of the American . . . 

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Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

By on August 23, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 24 Comments
Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

Arguably, no other animal advocate has the platform, the followers, and the influence of Oprah Winfrey. I was on her widely syndicated talk show years ago to speak on puppy mills and then again about Proposition 2 in California. But this past Sunday, it was a special privilege to appear on “Super Soul Sunday” to . . . 

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Merci to France for saying ‘non!’ to wildlife traffickers

Merci to France for saying ‘non!’ to wildlife traffickers

France has become the first European country to ban the domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn. This lifesaving policy, announced by Environment Minister Ségolène Royal, goes far beyond the European Union’s current wildlife trade regulations and follows a series of progressive steps that Royal has already taken to combat wildlife trafficking since 2014. Royal . . . 

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Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

“Under Armour and the Bowmars broke up today,” Sarah Bowmar declared in a tweet yesterday. “I’ll do a blog post in a few days when I am no longer crying. #AntisWon.” Yes, that’s Sarah Bowmar, who shot a black bear with a crossbow this spring in Alberta the day before her husband Josh impaled a . . . 

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New York sends lifeline to lab animals

New York sends lifeline to lab animals

In The Humane Economy, I muse about the life of my dog Lily—a mixed breed whose beagle background yowls most prominently—before a rescue group pulled her from a rural shelter that had her on a euthanasia list. A veterinarian with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue said she was four or five when she came into . . . 

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