Archive for March, 2008
The wheels of justice turn slowly, it’s said, but they still do turn. When The HSUS created its Animal Protection Litigation section in 2005 and brought on outstanding lawyers from all over the country to form what is now the nation’s largest animal protection litigation . . .
Since the release of The HSUS’s investigation into the abuse of downed dairy cows at a California slaughter plant, readers have been encouraged by the attention being paid to the treatment of animals raised for food. Among the comments we’ve received: This is a huge . . .
Yesterday, Steve Mendell, the chief executive at Hallmark/Westland Meat Co., appeared before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). Mendell declined the committee’s first request to testify, and appeared at this second hearing after receiving a subpoena from the committee. . . .
At The HSUS, there’s never a dull moment. We are still intensely focused on follow up to the slaughter plant investigation in southern California. And I am recently back from Canada and its extraordinary seal nursery. We are organizing worldwide opposition to the seal hunt, . . .
When an investigation packs the kind of force that our Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. exposé has, there are bound to be some counterattacks from the industry and regulators whose conduct has been called into question. For the most part, the counterattacks have been limited to the . . .
With the effects of the HSUS investigation into cruelty to downed animals at a California slaughter plant still being felt, it’s a good time to read Gene Baur’s new book, "Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food." A longtime friend and a . . .
© The HSUS Last year, Louisiana and New Mexico passed HSUS-backed bills to outlaw cockfighting—the final two states to adopt such bans. Now, we’ve reached another milestone in our efforts against animal fighting. Yesterday, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed legislation to make dogfighting a felony . . .
The Michael Vick case continues to have a major tail against both dogfighters and cockfighters. Lawmakers in Idaho and Wyoming have passed bills to make dogfighting a felony—and now all 50 states have felony-level penalties. Legislation passed in Oregon makes that state the twentieth to . . .