Yesterday, I got a lift to the Portland (Oregon) airport, took a cross-country flight to National Airport, and jumped in a cab to head home, hugging my dog and scratching my cat’s head for a good long time after walking through the door. Long-distance travel is a matter of routine for many of us now, . . .
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 . . .
Rick Berman just helped us raise an additional $1 million for The HSUS’s campaigns against factory farms, puppy mills, and seal killing. Yes, the lobbyist and public relations operative who has specialized in taking money from animal-abuse industries and tried to smear The HSUS has done exactly the opposite of what his funders intended. They want to dry up our . . .
More than anything, The HSUS is about one purpose: making tangible progress to stop animal cruelty. Our determined work for all animals wins us millions of supporters. But it also stirs the passions and fears of special interests and individuals who make a profit or get a thrill from hurting animals. Cockfighters and dogfighters, hunters of . . .
With Thanksgiving upon us, I’m grateful to so many people for supporting The HSUS and its bold vision to help all animals in society, including those caught up in major use industries throughout the world. While we face the grim reality that animals still suffer at the hands of humanity in so many ways, it is . . .
Something big and lasting and transformational is happening in our food system. We are, company by company, species by species, and animal by animal, seeing a shift away from the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms. It is still a work in progress, but the trajectory of the movement against cages and crates as customary . . .
PR operative Rick Berman now includes Chipotle among his dozens of targets. He and one of his many front groups, the Center for Consumer Freedom — operating from his office in Washington, D.C. — have placed a couple of ads in the New York Post attacking the restaurant chain for silly reasons. The effort is only drawing . . .
This week, The HSUS worked with law enforcement and both local and national groups in Chatham County, N.C. to rescue nearly 200 animals, most of them from a single mobile home. Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Stuart called it an “intervention,” and like too many cases we see, the situation got out of hand and way beyond . . .
In 2006, scholars Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler presented a paper to the American Political Science Association about the “backfire effect” – presenting evidence from a series of studies to show that “when your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your feelings get stronger.” In short, rather than change your views when presented with incontrovertible . . .
In the July-August issue of Foreign Affairs, I wrote a long-form essay, “The Long Road to Animal Welfare,” that tracks our movement’s unmistakable progress in recent years, and attempts to explain how much of it has happened. I’ve written at prior times on this blog that, at this stage in the development of our movement, it’s . . .