Archive for June, 2008
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 forms of factory farming, animal testing, the killing of animals . . .
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 percent, according to a recent report—HSUS staff weren’t the only . . .
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 of staff from several HSUS departments and more than 50 . . .
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 event. In Tennessee, we had a press conference after The . . .
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 the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act—the California ballot measure . . .
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 shoulder blade, was a fragment from a bomb lance manufactured . . .
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 in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day. At . . .
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 animal protection and provide us with a practical guide of . . .
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 with the animals remaining at the shelter. And we are . . .
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 life-saving work at our animal care centers, to promoting spaying . . .