Investigations

Combating Cockfighting with Investigations, Advocacy, and Training

By on September 16, 2011 in Animal Rescue and Care, Investigations
Combating Cockfighting with Investigations, Advocacy, and Training

A law is only valuable if it’s put to work, and this week in Texas, The HSUS is putting this principle into action after pressing for tougher penalties against the cruel practice of cockfighting. Parker County Sheriff's OfficeA rooster from a Texas cockfighting raid. Texas has outlawed cockfighting for more than a century, but loopholes . . . 

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Breaking News: Investigation Finds Cockfighters Flocking to Texas

By on February 15, 2011 in Investigations

Our investigations department has infiltrated numerous cockfighting pits in Texas. Today we released shocking video footage from our investigation at the state capitol in Austin.

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Shocking, Unacceptable Conditions Revealed at Nation’s Largest Egg Producer

By on November 17, 2010 in Farm Animals, Investigations
Shocking, Unacceptable Conditions Revealed at Nation’s Largest Egg Producer

An HSUS investigator has gone undercover again to take a behind-the-scenes look at the living conditions of laying hens confined in battery cages—in this case, at a facility run by Cal-Maine, the largest egg producer in the country with 26 million birds under its control. Cal-Maine’s 2010 Annual Report to shareholders says that the company’s . . . 

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Relief for Abused Calves: Remembering An Investigation and Those Behind It

By on October 25, 2010 in Farm Animals, Investigations
Relief for Abused Calves: Remembering An Investigation and Those Behind It

This Saturday, Oct. 30, it will be one year since The HSUS’s investigation into the Bushway calf slaughter plant shuttered this Grand Isle, Vt. facility where so many baby cows suffered cruelty that can only be believed if one sees it on our video—extreme electrical shocks, kicking, dragging, and even, heaven help us, calves being . . . 

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FDA Inspection of Egg Factory Farms Mirrors HSUS Findings

By on August 31, 2010 in Farm Animals, Investigations
FDA Inspection of Egg Factory Farms Mirrors HSUS Findings

Just four months ago, I traveled to Des Moines for a press conference to announce the findings of The HSUS’s latest investigations into the living conditions of hens within industrial agribusiness. Undercover investigators from The HSUS looked at two egg factory farms—two of the three largest operations in the nation, both located in Iowa—and found . . . 

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Investigation Update: Cruelty Charges Filed for Calf Abuse

By on June 4, 2010 in Investigations
Investigation Update: Cruelty Charges Filed for Calf Abuse

There have been a series of investigations at factory farms and slaughter plants in the last few years—conducted by The HSUS and other animal organizations—and authorities are treating these matters more seriously than ever. Today, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell issued arrest warrants for two Bushway Packing, Inc. slaughterhouse workers who were caught by an . . . 

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How the Egg Industry Should Respond to Our Investigation

By on April 8, 2010 in Farm Animals, Investigations
How the Egg Industry Should Respond to Our Investigation

We don’t expect the subjects of any HSUS investigation, or the industry as a whole, to welcome or like our scrutiny, and that includes the investigation we announced yesterday in Iowa into two of the three largest egg-producing companies in the nation.

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Investigation Exposes Abuse at Nation’s Top Egg Producers

By on April 7, 2010 in Farm Animals, Investigations
Investigation Exposes Abuse at Nation’s Top Egg Producers

Every time I reviewed the footage from our latest undercover farm animal investigation, I was literally nauseated by it. Today, we released the footage to the press and the public, and at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, I narrated what was happening to egg-laying hens caught up and suffering on massive factory farm . . . 

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HSUS Investigation Uncovers Veal Calf Abuse, Closes Plant

By on October 30, 2009 in Farm Animals, Investigations
HSUS Investigation Uncovers Veal Calf Abuse, Closes Plant

It’s always deeply disturbing to see the mistreatment of animals, but there’s something even worse when the victims are babies and seem so utterly vulnerable and frightened.

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“Crush Video” Investigation Evidence for Federal Law

By on September 15, 2009 in Investigations

Today, at an HSUS press conference previewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s examination of the federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act, I was brought to tears as I watched outtakes of several animal crush videos we obtained during an investigation earlier this year.

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