Archive for June, 2008
A Personal Commitment to Quantum Wellness
Any strong social movement must have foundational ideals. And the cause of animal protection is indeed built on time-tested iron struts. The trick is, though, to translate these ideals into practical action. When you consider the scope and intensity of human-caused cruelty to animals—in the . . .
Puppy Piper Picked a Caption
Last Friday in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day I posted a picture of Piper, one of the many pups who benefits from The HSUS’s dogs in the office program. With more and more employers now allowing dogs in the office—a remarkable 17 . . .
Last week, our Emergency Services team was in Iowa responding to the floods. There’s no rest for the weary, though. Over the weekend, they deployed to Tennessee, as part of a carefully planned response to a human-caused disaster of very significant proportions. Joined by dozens . . .
Three Strikes and Downers Should be Out
Today was an especially remarkable day at The HSUS—and it shows how we put your support to work for animals in rather remarkable ways. We had FOUR press conferences on major issues throughout the nation and a full complement of press in attendance at every . . .
Animal Abuse by Any Other Name
It’s more than obfuscation. It seems inadequate to call it a charade. Bald-faced lie comes a bit closer. Perfidious fraud feels about right to me. I’m talking about Californians for Safe Food. A group with a name like that sounds like an advocate for passing . . .
Whale of a Fight
I was saddened and more than a little awestruck by the remarkable story last year of a bowhead whale who was killed in a June 2007 hunt by Inupiaq whalers off the Alaskan coast. Embedded in the whale’s layer of blubber, between the neck and . . .
The Dog Ate My Blog
This morning, local network TV affiliates in Washington, D.C. visited The HSUS’s Gaithersburg, Md. office to interview some of our best campaigners. I’m afraid a few of them may have drooled on the microphone. Camera crews did live broadcasts from our office throughout the morning . . .
A New Dawn
When Karen Dawn told me she was writing a book, I knew it wouldn’t exactly be a predictable primer on animal advocacy. I knew she’d have some surprises in store for us, and also knew that she’d make a valuable contribution to the literature on . . .
Petting the Pain Away
The waters are receding in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where our Emergency Services team has been working around the clock. But much work remains. We have more than 700 animals in an emergency shelter at Kirkwood Community College and our focus will be on reuniting people . . .
A Measure for Everyone
The HSUS does not have the luxury of focusing its resources on a single campaign, or even a couple of major efforts. At a time when our disaster team is fully deployed in Iowa, we are also at work on hundreds of other projects—from our . . .
Lifeline for Iowa’s Stranded Pets
This year, we’ve learned about truly cataclysmic disasters—an earthquake in China and a cyclone in Myanmar. But we’ve also had quite a series of events here in the United States, fortunately though without the large loss of life that we’ve seen internationally. But the fires, . . .
Talk Back: Racing for Answers
Although Big Brown did not as expected win the Triple Crown, the races provided a focal point for discussion about the ethics of horse racing. Prompted by the very public death of Eight Belles on the track at Churchill Downs, the nation and the thoroughbred . . .