Archive for September, 2016

Montreal fumbles the ball with breed-specific dog ban

Montreal fumbles the ball with breed-specific dog ban

Montreal is bucking a North American trend by enacting an ordinance that bans “pit bull” and “pit bull type” dogs within city limits, setting the stage for the possible euthanasia of hundreds of dogs who’ve done nothing wrong and are targeted solely because of how they look. Most jurisdictions with similar bans, whether cities, counties, . . . 

Read More »

SeaWorld sees food in a new light

By on September 29, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
SeaWorld sees food in a new light

When I announced with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby in March that the theme park would stop breeding orcas at all of its operations, I emphasized that the pledge was just one element of a bigger set of commitments from the company on animal welfare. (Last month, California codified a ban on orca breeding in the . . . 

Read More »

The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill

It’s happened in North Carolina again – not a civil rights controversy or a boycott, but yet another case of animal cruelty exposed. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to deliver 105 dogs from the bowels of yet another filthy, overcrowded puppy mill. There were cats and even . . . 

Read More »

Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Today, Burger King — via its parent company Restaurant Brands International — became the first major fast food chain to set a timeline for switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork in its entire supply chain in Latin America. In 2012, our work with Burger King helped the company become the first . . . 

Read More »

Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joins fight to save New York Blood Center chimps

Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joins fight to save New York Blood Center chimps

I was so pleased to be joined by former New Mexico governor and United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson today in a mid-morning press conference to announce a collaborative campaign to secure a safe future for dozens of laboratory chimpanzees abandoned by the New York Blood Center on a set of islands in Liberia. The Richardson . . . 

Read More »

A stay of execution for 31 more dogs from South Korea

A stay of execution for 31 more dogs from South Korea

Humane Society International’s campaign to stop the slaughter of dogs for meat is unremitting, and today we are announcing that 31 dogs on the verge of being butchered after living on a South Korean dog meat farm are bound for the United States. The dogs arriving today came from an unlicensed and therefore illegal backyard . . . 

Read More »

So much at stake as 183 nations gather to address wildlife trade

So much at stake as 183 nations gather to address wildlife trade

Governments play a big part in combating the legal and illegal international trade in wildlife. This Saturday, a United Nations conference, known as CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), will begin its deliberations and consider proposals at a two-week meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 3,000 delegates . . . 

Read More »

The long march to secure a strong legal framework for animal protection

The long march to secure a strong legal framework for animal protection

Today, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., tried to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 1831, on the Senate floor. He was pitch-perfect in making the case for the enactment of a federal anti-cruelty statute to punish people who do the worst things to animals on federal property or in relation to interstate . . . 

Read More »

Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics

Blinding, poisoning, and killing animals in the name of beauty has never stood a chance in the court of public opinion. But it’s survived for too long as a legal enterprise because industry has thwarted reform with pretenses about the lack of alternatives, and politicians have sidestepped our moral duty to innocent creatures. However, the . . . 

Read More »

States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

Today, my colleague Paul Shapiro participated in a debate sponsored by WBUR, The Boston Globe, and UMass Boston about Question 3 – the statewide ballot measure in the Commonwealth that bans cage confinement of veal calves, breeding sows, and laying hens, and also stipulates that selling animal products from immobilizing cages and crates won’t be . . . 

Read More »

Top