Archive for November, 2016

Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Journalist Marc Gunther’s detailed profile of The HSUS and me in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights our aggressive yet mainstream approach to driving transformational change for animals over the last decade. The HSUS and its affiliates have fortified the legal framework against cruelty, set the nation on a trajectory to end . . . 

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Daniel in the lying den

Daniel in the lying den

In March, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team freed about 300 animals from the horrors of an Arkansas puppy mill, which confined living dogs among their dead and decomposing kin. Inside a dilapidated shed filled with trash and used equipment, our team found Daniel, a little tri-colored Shepherd puppy, along with his mother and sibling. As . . . 

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If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

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If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

A year ago, I would not have imagined I’d spend this Thanksgiving holiday with a shovel in hand, covered in powdery dirt, and digging 10 feet deep into the ground to find 15- to 30-pound gopher tortoises in central Florida. It’s a bit of a needle in a haystack enterprise, but we had expert animal . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Nobody eats wolves. If you’re a meat eater, it’s one thing to hunt deer or some other wild animals and consume them. It’s another matter to go on a head-hunting exercise, or just kill for the thrill of it. In the lame-duck session of Congress, there is a big move afoot to eliminate federal protections . . . 

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Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

Earlier this month, a woman on the run from authorities in Texas fled to Nevada with her collection of tigers, monkeys, a fox, and a skunk — and her 14-year-old daughter who was living under the same roof as the wild animals. A California couple, whose escaped pet tiger prowled neighborhoods for weeks before finally . . . 

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Delisting a disaster for grizzlies

Delisting a disaster for grizzlies

The Obama Administration has done a lot of things right, but it’s not been good to grizzly bears. It’s worked to delist these big bruins from the Endangered Species Act, even though the time is not ripe to do so. Special interest groups – including the ranching, hard-rock mining, oil and gas, timber, and ski . . . 

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Federal appeals court tosses challenge to landmark California farm animal protection law

Federal appeals court tosses challenge to landmark California farm animal protection law

On the heels of the resounding affirmation of Question 3 by voters in Massachusetts – which stops not just extreme confinement of farm animals but also the sale of animal products from factory farms that employ those methods – the nation’s biggest federal appellate court rejected an effort by six ag-state attorneys general and governors . . . 

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Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

A photo this week of George W. and Laura Bush’s new puppy, adopted from the SPCA of Texas, reminds us that our previous Republican president and his wife are avowed animal lovers. Their compassion also reminds us that so many tens of millions of us love animals and want to be their protectors and not . . . 

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Obama should put a ribbon on anti-soring rule before Inauguration Day

Obama should put a ribbon on anti-soring rule before Inauguration Day

The incoming Trump team, along with leaders from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, have signaled to the Obama team that they want to see new rulemaking actions frozen. This is a bit of a ritual during any transfer of partisan power in the nation’s capital, but this year the rhetoric is at . . . 

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