It’s official – Californians can vote to ban cage confinement for farm animals

By on June 23, 2018 with 0 Comments

Today a key milestone was reached in the historic California ballot initiative campaign to protect farm animals. After months of energetic efforts to collect more than 660,000 signatures from California voters in every county throughout the state, I am proud to announce that the measure has officially qualified for the November ballot.

The Prevent Cruelty California campaign will get a ballot number in July. It would enact clear standards to protect farm animals and prohibit cruel cage confinement in the state. It would not only ban the caging of veal calves, mother pigs and egg-laying hens; it would, more importantly, also ban the sale of products that come from operations caging these animals—making it the strongest farm animal protection law in the world.

We owe a huge thanks to more than 1,600 volunteers whose remarkable efforts have given California voters this opportunity to forever change the lives of tens of millions of animals trapped in the misery of factory farming. These dedicated advocates gathered night after night, week after week, and month after month to get us over the top with signature gathering. Among them were working mothers who made time to go to parks, playgrounds and even DMV lines to gather signatures; retired citizens who got out and worked harder than ever in the blazing heat to reach their signature goals; and students who chose to spend their spare time collecting signatures on their campuses.

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, the sponsors of the Prevent Cruelty California campaign, and an array of organizations put their resources into ensuring that the initiative could advance. Our coalition is bolstered by many of the leading national animal protection organizations in the country, as well as fantastic local groups based in California, all with the common goal of changing the lives of animals for the better. The coalition includes food safety advocates, veterinarians, religious leaders and many other stakeholders. We are grateful to have the support of these leaders and their voices are critical in reminding Californians that this measure is not only in the best interests of the animals but that it also protects public health, the environment and workers in the agricultural sector.

Now begins the next phase of the campaign. Ballot initiatives are very difficult to qualify, but they are even more difficult to pass. Factory farming corporations are likely to spend millions of dollars fighting this initiative because they know that the success of this ballot measure will be the ultimate game-changer in the fight against factory farming.

We will need your help to take on these agribusiness interest groups. If the campaign succeeds, not only would the animals in California be better off, but other states would have a strong precedent to follow when they consider their own farm animal welfare laws.

For more information about the campaign, or to make a donation, please visit Prevent Cruelty California’s website.

Paid for by Prevent Cruelty California, sponsored by Humane Society Organizations Committee. Major Funding from Humane Society https://preventcrueltyca.com/of the United States, Deborah Stone, Mercy for Animals. Funding Details at http://www.fppc.ca.gov

Protect our equine athletes by passing the Horseracing Integrity Act

By on June 22, 2018 with 1 Comment
Protect our equine athletes by passing the Horseracing Integrity Act

The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R. 2651, will better protect our nation’s racehorses by replacing outdated state-by-state drug and medication rules, banning race-day medication, and putting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in charge of a program to set one national uniform set of rules on medication . . . 

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Our Unhappy Meals campaign puts McDonald’s on alert to end chicken cruelty

By on June 21, 2018 with 2 Comments
Our Unhappy Meals campaign puts McDonald’s on alert to end chicken cruelty

Today, we are launching a new campaign that calls out McDonald’s for allowing extreme animal suffering in its chicken supply chain. Our goal is to get the fast food giant to join its competitors—including Burger King, Subway, Jack in the Box and nearly a hundred . . . 

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Connect, engage and learn at the Taking Action for Animals conference

By on June 20, 2018 with 2 Comments
Connect, engage and learn at the Taking Action for Animals conference

Animal advocates from around the nation will converge in Arlington, Virginia, from July 20-23 for the Taking Action for Animals Conference (TAFA), to get a better understanding of animal protection issues, and to strengthen their ability to help animals in their communities through lobbying, outreach, . . . 

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Ahead of Yulin, video documents horrors of a dog slaughterhouse; 135 dogs rescued from death

By on June 19, 2018 with 10 Comments
Ahead of Yulin, video documents horrors of a dog slaughterhouse; 135 dogs rescued from death

The footage is blood-curdling. Dogs huddle together in a small, dark, filthy room, a slaughterhouse, their eyes wide with fear. On the floor are traces of fresh blood from dogs killed that same morning. A man clubs a dog repeatedly over the head to kill . . . 

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More meatless meals coming to a dining facility near you, with new HSUS-Sodexo partnership

By on June 18, 2018 with 1 Comment
More meatless meals coming to a dining facility near you, with new HSUS-Sodexo partnership

If you have ever eaten a meal at a university or hospital cafeteria or at the cafeteria in your workplace, there’s a good chance the food was supplied by Sodexo, one of the nation’s leading food service companies. And soon, thanks to a new partnership . . . 

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HSUS asks federal consumer protection agency to crack down on deceptive advertising of puppy mill puppies

By on June 15, 2018 with 0 Comments
HSUS asks federal consumer protection agency to crack down on deceptive advertising of puppy mill puppies

Puppy sellers routinely use deceptive practices to lure consumers into buying sick puppy mill dogs – practices we recently documented in our 10-year Puppy Buyers Complaints report. This week, taking our battle against these puppy sellers one step further, we filed a legal petition with . . . 

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Breaking news: Judge says New Hampshire Great Danes can be placed for adoption

By on June 15, 2018 with 62 Comments
Breaking news: Judge says New Hampshire Great Danes can be placed for adoption

The verdict is in — and it’s a good one — for the future of dozens of Great Danes who have spent a year in legal limbo since their dramatic rescue from a New Hampshire breeder’s mansion last June. A judge yesterday ruled that the . . . 

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Raccoons are great climbers – and wild neighbors

By on June 13, 2018 with 0 Comments
Raccoons are great climbers – and wild neighbors

What goes up must come down – eventually. Americans watched with great fascination this week as a raccoon climbed up a 23-story Minnesota building. A video of the little creature’s derring-do went viral as the social media universe lit up with interest. Millions wondered whether . . . 

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More than 5,600 dogs and cats helped in first round of Spayathon for Puerto Rico

By on June 12, 2018 with 3 Comments
More than 5,600 dogs and cats helped in first round of Spayathon for Puerto Rico

Our team has just completed the first stage of Spayathon for Puerto Rico, an ambitious initiative to spay and neuter 20,000 cats and dogs at no cost to pet owners on the island, and it’s been an amazing success. For seven days, surgical teams, ground . . . 

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