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From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

Films have long been inviting us to rethink the way we view animals—a studious spider who weaves words about saving a pig from the dinner plate, a terrified baby elephant yanked from his mother and forced to perform in a circus, a clownfish who journeys far across the ocean to rescue a son swiped from . . . 

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Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

The city council of the nation’s second largest city – and the capital of the entertainment industry – today unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks, and rentals for house parties or events. . . . 

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Grizzly bear war starts in earnest

Grizzly bear war starts in earnest

The HSUS today fired the first shot in its legal campaign to prevent trophy hunting of grizzly bears. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service having announced plans to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana are salivating at the prospect of opening a trophy hunting season . . . 

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The Multi-Pronged Fight Against Factory Farming – With Family Farmers Grabbing Their Pitchforks

By on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
The Multi-Pronged Fight Against Factory Farming – With Family Farmers Grabbing Their Pitchforks

In The Humane Economy, I describe two revolutions at work in the food industry: first, how so many of the biggest food retailers are adopting policies to cleanse their supply chains of animal products that come from extreme confinement systems on factory farms; and second, how entrepreneurs are developing cultured and plant-based food items that . . . 

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Canada Bleeding Millions on Cruel Seal Hunt

By on March 7, 2016 in Uncategorized with 11 Comments
Canada Bleeding Millions on Cruel Seal Hunt

In my forthcoming book, The Humane Economy, I explore the many ways that businesses and governments can do better for themselves and for the rest of us if they embrace animal welfare as a core concern. What has become apparent in recent decades is that industries that compromise animal welfare can cost society many times . . . 

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California Commission Says ‘No’ to Orca Breeding at SeaWorld

California Commission Says ‘No’ to Orca Breeding at SeaWorld

SeaWorld took yet another blow yesterday, when the California Coastal Commission approved the company’s plan to expand its orca pools only on the condition that it breed no more orcas at the facility, transfer no orcas out, and import no new orcas to the facility. SeaWorld’s stock sank more than five percent from yesterday’s closing price . . . 

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Brazil Steps Forward on Animal Welfare

By on June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized with 2 Comments
Brazil Steps Forward on Animal Welfare

Sao Paolo, the largest city in Brazil and in all of the western hemisphere, and a financial and cultural center of South America, has banned the sale of foie gras and the fur products from animals farmed solely for their fur, in yet another victory for animals in the world’s fifth largest country. The state . . . 

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Prehistoric Logic: the Illinois Legislature’s Attack on Bobcats

Prehistoric Logic: the Illinois Legislature’s Attack on Bobcats

Two weeks ago, the Illinois House of Representatives voted by the narrowest of margins to approve a bill to reverse the state’s 42-year ban on commercial trapping and sport hunting of bobcats and to send that bill, HB 352, to the governor for his consideration. Governor Bruce Rauner, a first-term Republican, can sign or veto . . . 

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Hilton: No Room at the Inn for Cages

Hilton: No Room at the Inn for Cages

I’m excited to announce today that Hilton Worldwide is going to switch to buying exclusively cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork after working with The HSUS. This is another major step forward in our efforts to eliminate cage confinement for laying hens and mother pigs. And it’s the latest in a cascade of major announcements . . . 

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Top Guns at National Sheriffs’ Association and FBI Say No to Animal Cruelty

By on January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized
Top Guns at National Sheriffs’ Association and FBI Say No to Animal Cruelty

Yesterday, it was my great privilege to attend the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Washington, D.C. and to present an HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Award to Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in front of sheriffs throughout the nation. It was Director Comey who in 2014 gave final approval to the government’s new policy of . . . 

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