Archive for 2007

Congress Must Act After Horse Cruelty Caught on Tape

By on October 4, 2007 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

All of the horse slaughter plants in the United States have now closed, but some American horses are still being slaughtered. Thousands of American horses are being exported this year, funneled to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. These horses are transported harrowingly long distances—in . . . 

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Much at Stake in the Golden State

By on October 3, 2007 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Much at Stake in the Golden State

The pace of political activity in California is brisk, and there’s much at stake. Click to see the full-size ad. As I travel the state with my HSUS colleagues this week, we are recruiting volunteer petitioners to participate in a landmark ballot initiative to ban . . . 

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Talk Back: Compassion for Carriage Horses

By on October 2, 2007 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

In September, a 13-year-old carriage horse died after she was spooked and bolted onto a sidewalk near New York City’s Central Park. Readers grieved the mare’s death and criticized having the horse-drawn carriages in such a heavily congested area. Among the comments we received: Horse-drawn . . . 

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Join the Fight for California Farm Animals

By on October 2, 2007 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Join the Fight for California Farm Animals

If you’ve ever wanted to be involved in a critical campaign to protect animals, and to meaningfully participate in such a campaign—especially for those of you who live and vote in California—your moment has arrived. Together, we have a chance to take a stand against . . . 

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Horse Trafficking for Slaughter Must Stop

By on October 1, 2007 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Trafficking for Slaughter Must Stop

Yesterday, I was in the passenger seat driving by the parched pasture land outside of Lexington, Ky., reading news clips on my laptop on our way to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville. I was focused on the news story in the Houston Chronicle . . . 

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Exceptional Day for Animals in Court

By on September 28, 2007 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

In Federalist No. 78, Alexander Hamilton reassured us that the judiciary will always be the “least dangerous branch” of our government. But for those who profit from harming animals, Hamilton’s words are providing very cold comfort of late. From the double indictments against disgraced football . . . 

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Talk Back: Sick Over Whale Slaughter

By on September 27, 2007 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Readers mourned the slaughter of a gray whale earlier this month off Washington’s coast. Among the comments we received: There is no excuse for killing whales in this day and age. It was barbaric back then, and it is even more so today. Whales are . . . 

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Foolish Arguments Can’t Disguise Horse Slaughter

By on September 27, 2007 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Foolish Arguments Can’t Disguise Horse Slaughter

In some ways, we’ve already won the larger argument in society. Almost no one defends cruelty any longer. Animal welfare is widely recognized as a social virtue, and even the people and corporations that harm animals for recreation or profit try to disguise their conduct . . . 

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Dogfighting Defenders Sign of Long Road Ahead

By on September 26, 2007 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dogfighting Defenders Sign of Long Road Ahead

Yesterday, after five months, Virginia Commonwealth Prosecutor Gerald Poindexter brought state charges against Michael Vick for illegal dogfighting activities, and a grand jury returned two indictments for violating the state’s dogfighting law—with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Essentially, Poindexter piggy-backed on the . . . 

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You Asked: Stronger Laws and War-Torn Animals

By on September 25, 2007 in Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

As I mentioned yesterday, I welcome your comments and questions. If you would like to share your thoughts on the topics I cover, click "Offer a Comment" at the bottom of any blog entry. Or, if you have a question about The HSUS, email your . . . 

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You Asked: Donations and Dogfighting

By on September 24, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

I really enjoy reader feedback. Whether you are commenting on topics I’ve covered on the blog, or on current events in the animal protection movement, your thoughts are welcome here. A number of you have also written to ask for more information about The HSUS . . . 

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Case Closed: U.S. Horse Slaughter Must End

By on September 21, 2007 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

News flash… I am thrilled to report to you that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, based in Chicago, has ruled in our favor on a major horse slaughter case. In a unanimous 3-0 decision, the Court upheld the constitutionality of a . . . 

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