Archive for June, 2007
Humane Wildlife Solutions: An Entrepreneurial Model for a Humane Nation
The Humane Society of the United States sometimes has to use raw power to change the circumstances for animals—overcoming the opposition of animal exploitation groups and passing legislation or applying pressure on a company to mend its ways. To a degree, it requires some level . . .
Two Key Wins and a Setback for Polar Bears
Not long after I became president of The Humane Society of the United States three years ago, and after we merged our operations with the spectacular folks at The Fund for Animals, we decided to concentrate some considerable resources in four major campaign areas: 1) . . .
Talk Back: Dog Days
While the nation observed “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” blog readers celebrated The HSUS’ dogs in the office policy. Among the comments we received: Congratulations on your dog-friendly environment! I’ve worked from home for my entire career and I cannot imagine having to leave . . .
Protecting Wildlife and Preserving Habitats
The depth and breadth of programs at The HSUS is pretty extraordinary. To know all that goes on, you’d have to make a regular study of humanesociety.org. And even then, it’s tough to keep up with all of the work. You may have heard about . . .
Kinder Course for Chemical Tests
The United States has been overshadowed by Europe for well over a decade when it comes to being the world leader in advancing non-animal methods of chemical testing. In 2005, for example, European government and industry established the European Partnership on Alternatives to Animal Testing, . . .
Street Cred and Cruelty
A couple years back, The HSUS criticized Nike for running a television ad called "The Battle"—an MTV-like ad featuring a one-on-one game of basketball interspersed with quick takes of a pit bull and a Rottweiler snarling at each other and poised for fighting. It was . . .
Talk Back: Farm Bureau and Fur
This week, readers praised The HSUS’ outreach to the American Farm Bureau: Again, you confirm why I support The HSUS. Educating people about humane treatment of animals is vital and approaching the Farm Bureau to begin this dialogue is brilliant. They have the ability to . . .
Our ideas about protecting animals were once at the margins. Now, they are in the mainstream. More than ever, Americans and American institutions are embracing the protection of animals as a personal and societal responsibility, and the evidence is all around us. © 2007 USA . . .
Working Like A Dog
Tomorrow we celebrate one of the more obscure observances in the workplace—“Take Your Dog to Work Day.” It doesn’t rival Martin Luther King Day, or President’s Day, but it’s a subject worthy of some reflection, especially from me as CEO of The Humane Society of . . .
Big Lawsuit for Little Victims
Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs. The animals are confined in small cages. The females are bred time and again with little concern for their health. They receive no love or human affection. And they are treated like agricultural commodities—not as our closest companions. . . .
Talk Back: Horse Slaughter Is Wrong
Readers responded to comments posted last week and the claim du jour of horse slaughter advocates—if we shut down horse slaughterhouses, people will abandon horses or even abuse them. Below is a sampler of the comments we received. What do you think? Join the conversation . . .
Triumph Against Fur Trade
The Humane Society of the United States did an investigation in the late 1990s in China and other Asian countries and discovered that millions of dogs and cats were being killed for their fur, and the pelts were being exported across the globe, including to . . .