Archive for December, 2008
Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain
In the pages of The New York Times today, you’ll see two items that may at first glance not seem to relate, but closely linked they are. An ad in the A section of The Times comes from the Center for Consumer Freedom—a corporate front . . .
Your Place in History
When you invest your dollars in The HSUS, I want you to feel you are getting a good return. To that end, it’s important not just to look ahead to the challenges for 2009 and beyond, but also to look back in order to see . . .
Philanthropist in Chief? We’re All For It
The cascading bad news about our economy, with unemployment rising toward 7 percent, dramatic layoffs (half a million jobs in November), and an official declaration of recession, could have dire import for the nonprofit sector, including The HSUS. Like all charities, we rely upon the . . .
Pets Shouldn’t Balance the Budget
In these hard economic times, state and local officials should not try to balance budgets by adding to the suffering of animals. That’s just common sense. But sometimes common sense isn’t enough. For instance, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, obviously desperate to scrounge up new revenue . . .
The Elephant in the Room
Elephants are among the most majestic of the animals we seek to protect here at The HSUS. These “gentle giants” have been the subject of much news recently, and I wanted to share a few of those items with you today. © The Elephant SanctuaryNed . . .
Your Plate, Your Planet
We as a nation are adept at sidestepping big problems. Take the mortgage crisis. Or look at how we kept pandering to the Detroit carmakers and how we failed to get them to raise their fuel efficiency standards. Japanese carmakers grew their market share because . . .
The One to Watch
© iStockphoto If you scan the journals and newsletters of our political adversaries—the NRA, the Center for Consumer Freedom, the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, the United Egg Producers, the National Animal Interest Alliance, and a phalanx of others—you'll see that The HSUS is top of mind . . .
Puppy Mill Angst
Since The HSUS broke its investigation of Petland, Inc.—exposing the retail chain of stores as perhaps the country’s largest supplier of puppy mill dogs—we’ve heard from scores of people of all ages who are passionate about the issue. Many want to know what they can . . .
Gifts that Give Back
If you are like me, you’d rather buy gifts for loved ones and friends that help the cause of animal protection. We’re not Wal-Mart or Saks here at The HSUS, but we are starting to develop some products for sale—products that spread the word of . . .