Today, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to use a wide range of diplomatic tools to pressure Japan to end its commercial whaling activities and to stop contravening international law by slaughtering hundreds of innocent whales. Manby has assured me that this is just a first indicator of . . .
When I became president and CEO of The HSUS just short of a dozen years ago, not a single major food retailer was selling only cage-free eggs. In fact, I was writing letters to companies merely asking for cage-free offerings, for the small percentage of consumers who might choose them. We’ve come a long way in . . .
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 . . .
Luxury designer Giorgio Armani today announced that all of his labels will go 100 percent fur-free, marking a historic day for the fashion industry and making a case that it’s no longer necessary for any clothing retailer to use real fur when we have perfectly suitable alternatives. Armani, one of the world’s best known fashion designers . . .
While we take pride in forging unexpected alliances on specific issues to advance animals’ interests – whether with SeaWorld, United Egg Producers, or even in the world of horse racing with the Jockey Club – we also focus plenty of energy on working with companies that have a well-established commitment to engaging with us on . . .
The announcement I made yesterday with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby about the end of any breeding of the company’s orcas, its shift toward a rescue-and-rehabilitation strategy for other marine mammals, a change in its food service policies, and more, has been reverberating across the world. It’s a big moment in the life of that company, . . .
In a sign that the humane economy is an unyielding force, exerting its influence on companies in all sectors of commerce, SeaWorld announced in cooperation with The HSUS today that it will end all breeding of its orcas and it won’t obtain additional orcas from other sources—policies sought by animal advocates for many decades. The company also announced, after negotiations with The HSUS, that . . .
Those running for President of the United States sure talk about Mexico a lot. So we figured we should too. Humane Society International opened an office in Mexico City last week, hosting a well-attended event that brought together legislators, food companies, government officials, celebrities, and local organizations. We have an office in Canada, and we . . .
We are running a campaign to ask people to be a hero for animals by supporting The HSUS. When people do step up, things happen for the good of animals. But there are so many ways in which people and the institutions they represent can help. To that end, we’ve made many announcements with major corporations . . .
Today Albertsons, one of the largest food retailers in the country and owner of many of the biggest brands in the supermarket business (Safeway, Albertsons, Shaws, Pavilions, Star, and Vons), announced it will switch to exclusively selling cage-free eggs. The company joins Costco, Trader Joe’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Ahold in the category of major grocery stores and other high-volume food sellers that have joined our . . .