Animal Rescue and Care

Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Today’s New York Times reports on Humane Society International’s major campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea, the only nation that eats dog meat and raises dogs on farms for the plate. There, in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’ve been converting dog farmers to humane alternatives, we’ve been rescuing dogs and bringing . . . 

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Puppy Mills and the Horrible Hundred of 2016

Puppy Mills and the Horrible Hundred of 2016

In December 2015, a U. S. Department of Agriculture inspector came upon a macabre scene in a cluttered shed at C & L Puppies, a puppy mill in Weldon, Iowa. A large, plastic table was sitting on blocks in the center of the room – used to perform cesarean sections on dogs and other major . . . 

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Campaign to Spare Korean Dogs Comes Again to U.S. 

Campaign to Spare Korean Dogs Comes Again to U.S. 

This week, 171 dogs raised for the butcher block in Wonju, South Korea, have received a stay of execution and have been flown into the United States. We worked with the farmer in February to permanently shut down his farm and rescue all 250 dogs on the property. So they’ve left their cages and squalor, and . . . 

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Partnering in Puerto Rico to Turn Around the Fortunes of Animals

Partnering in Puerto Rico to Turn Around the Fortunes of Animals

Last year, The HSUS and Humane Society International supercharged animal protection in Puerto Rico – putting unprecedented resources on the ground to turn around the sad and overwhelming plight of animals on the island. Mired in crushing debt that’s made headlines across the United States, it’s Puerto Rico’s animals that are in the most acute . . . 

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Cost of Cruelty Too Often Borne by Animal Protection Advocates, Rather Than Animal Abusers

Cost of Cruelty Too Often Borne by Animal Protection Advocates, Rather Than Animal Abusers

In The Humane Economy, I look at the question of animal protection partly through an economic lens. I argue that the vast majority of dollars devoted to animal protection go to cleaning up the messes made by others – people who use animals for profit, but then abandon or discard them when they no longer consider them useful or . . . 

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Humane Economy Excerpt: Breaking the Chain on Dogfighting 

<i>Humane Economy </i>Excerpt: Breaking the Chain on Dogfighting 

Dogfighting is a big, global business – legal, if you can believe it, in more than 120 countries. It’s an example of the old, inhumane economy at work, still staked in the ground in these nations. The toll of this enterprise is inflicted foremost on innocent animals, but there are many indirect costs as well, . . . 

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Oklahoma Bill to Defund Animal Welfare Organizations Dies a Merciful Death

Oklahoma Bill to Defund Animal Welfare Organizations Dies a Merciful Death

Through the platform of A Humane Nation, I report on so many good developments for animals — from retailers switching to cage-free or crate-free animal products, to major companies going fur-free, to the swell of global outrage over the killing of endangered animals for trophies or profit, to the recent burst of federal rule-making actions . . . 

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A 50-State Strategy for Animal Protection

A 50-State Strategy for Animal Protection

Yesterday’s Arizona Republic ran a column from me about Arizona’s leading role on some core animal protection causes: kick-starting the anti-confinement movement for farm animals and the effort to promote adoption of homeless dogs and cats. Enhanced protections for farm animals came through a landmark ballot measure in 2006 that reverberated around the nation, and a . . . 

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A Right to Farm, But No Right to Free Speech for Opponents of Animal Abuse?

A Right to Farm, But No Right to Free Speech for Opponents of Animal Abuse?

I’ve written recently about two outrageous and closely related maneuvers in Oklahoma: the first, an effort by the farm lobby and its allies in the puppy mill and cockfighting domains to pass a sweeping and overreaching constitutional amendment by referendum to establish a “right to farm,” and the second, an effort in the state legislature to bar national animal . . . 

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To Eradicate Animal Fighting, You Must Finish the Sentence

To Eradicate Animal Fighting, You Must Finish the Sentence

During my tenure at The HSUS – as CEO but also prior to that as our chief political advocate – I’ve made it a point to work to strengthen the nation’s legal framework against dogfighting and cockfighting. These are reprehensible, calculated crimes that result in protracted and sustained violence to animals. We’ve upgraded the federal law against animal . . . 

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