Investigations

HSUS Undercover Investigation Shutters NJ Slaughter Plant

By on January 27, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations
HSUS Undercover Investigation Shutters NJ Slaughter Plant

This morning, The HSUS publicly released footage of our latest undercover investigation into slaughterhouse abuses and the continuing mistreatment of downer calves – in this case, at the Catelli Bros. slaughter plant in suburban Monmouth County, New Jersey. The HSUS provided footage and other investigative materials to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging enforcement action, . . . 

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Dogfighting Bust a Marker of Transformational Change

Dogfighting Bust a Marker of Transformational Change

There are 367 dogs whose lives turned around so fast they may have whiplash. On Thursday night, in small hamlets in Alabama and Georgia, these animals who were staked to heavy chains, had passed another sweltering day – many without protection from the sun, without enough food, and with too much fetid water staring them . . . 

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HSUS Helps Lead 2nd Largest Ever Dogfighting Raid

HSUS Helps Lead 2nd Largest Ever Dogfighting Raid

In my role as president and CEO of The HSUS, I regularly see the best and worst of humanity. That was never more true than on Friday, as I participated in a rescue of dogs from an alleged dogfighter in southern Alabama. Federal and state law enforcement, along with The HSUS, the ASPCA, and other . . . 

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Fur Better, Fur Worse

Fur Better, Fur Worse

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission handed down a final decision on a false advertising and labeling petition filed by The HSUS: for the next 20 years Neiman Marcus and two smaller retailers (DrJays.com and RevolveClothing.com) will be on a short leash when it comes to advertising and labeling animal fur garments sold in . . . 

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HSUS Works with Federal, State Law Enforcement on Operation Wild Web

HSUS Works with Federal, State Law Enforcement on Operation Wild Web

Last year The HSUS joined forces with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an unprecedented investigation into illegal wildlife trafficking dubbed Operation Cyberwild. A law enforcement action designed to take a bite out of the multibillion-dollar black market in illegal wildlife products, Operation Cyberwild paired civilian volunteers from The HSUS with special agents from the . . . 

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Independent Reports Highlight Problem with Federal Programs Related to Animal Treatment, Enforcement

Independent Reports Highlight Problem with Federal Programs Related to Animal Treatment, Enforcement

We’ve seen some positive action from the federal executive agencies lately – for example, a Department of the Interior proposed listing of all chimpanzees as endangered, and a favorable U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement to close a loophole dealing with downer cows. We’ve also seen some adverse moves, including a series of de-listing actions of gray . . . 

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HSUS Fur Investigations Produce Sanction of Neiman Marcus

By on March 20, 2013 in Investigations
HSUS Fur Investigations Produce Sanction of Neiman Marcus

Yesterday, The Federal Trade Commission announced an enforcement action against Neiman Marcus and two other retailers for misrepresenting animal fur to consumers by advertising it as “faux fur” on their websites. We applaud the FTC for this action and for its continued attention to fur labeling laws, and we urge them to stay on the . . . 

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Our New Investigation Put Dozens of Pet Stores on the Naughty List

Our New Investigation Put Dozens of Pet Stores on the Naughty List

Yesterday, The Humane Society of the United States released its latest undercover investigation of pet stores linked to puppy mills. The winter holidays are the busiest puppy-buying season of the year, and we wanted to check out Chicagoland pet stores’ claims that they only buy from small “private” or “family” breeders. The HSUS Our investigator . . . 

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Another Hallmark/Westland Investigation Milestone

Another Hallmark/Westland Investigation Milestone

In early 2008, The Humane Society of the United States released an investigation showing appalling and unacceptable treatment of dairy cows too sick or injured to walk at the Hallmark/Westland slaughter plant in Chino, Calif. The case set off riots in South Korea (the number-two importer of U.S. beef), prompted the largest meat recall in . . . 

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Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry

By on May 17, 2012 in Equine, Investigations
Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry

Today, HSUS representatives are in Tennessee to release a powerful undercover investigation video that exposes animal abuse in the Tennessee walking horse industry, as practiced by one of its most infamous trainers, Jackie McConnell. I wrote about this investigation earlier this year, but we chose not to release the video until now. Last night, ABC’s . . . 

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