Archive for January, 2009
Super Bowl Ad for the Animals
© llimllib/Creative Commons I can’t think of many television events where people anxiously await the commercials, but that’s the case with the NFL Super Bowl tradition. And the good news is, animal advocates have a bit of a reason to celebrate this year—with at least . . .
For Fur, It Ain’t Easy Being Green
It’s hard to believe he had the brashness to make the claim, but Fur Council of Canada executive vice president Alan Herscovici said last year, “You want to help nature? Ride your bike to work, put out your blue box and buy a fur coat.” . . .
Talk Back: Second Chance Stories
Last week I posted our "Change Agenda for Animals"—a 100-point checklist of critical animal protection reforms—and asked you to weigh in on what you consider the top five priorities. It's been fascinating to track your varied responses. If you haven't already, remember to make your . . .
Not long ago enjoying a free pass—essentially, with lawmakers and law enforcement looking the other way—cockfighters in America are now on the run and in desperate trouble. Over just the last two weeks, law enforcement, often working with The HSUS, raided eight cockfighting pits and . . .
A Happy Trail: From Slaughterhouse Door to Show Ring Champ
Here’s a remarkable story: A horse once on the sales block for slaughter is the recipient of one of the horse industry’s most coveted prizes. Jamaica, 2008 USEF Horse of the Year. Recently, a 17-year-old horse named Jamaica won the title of the United States . . .
When Will Petland Get It?
A West Virginia television station reported earlier this week that local police seized a dog at the private home of a manager of a Petland store in South Charleston. Unfortunately, one of his dogs had already been found dead—a Great Dane left outside in the . . .
Animal Emergency at Inaugural
© The HSUS/RileyMouse awaits rescue. Yesterday’s Inaugural was uneventful for animals, except for one glaring exception. Just before the celebration down Pennsylvania Avenue was to commence, there was a collision between a heavy duty truck and one of the parade horses, a 10-year-old named Mouse, . . .
We Need Your Vote on Components of “Change Agenda for Animals”
As a marker of a healthy democracy, there is nothing to match the spectacle of seeing a new American president sworn in. This transfer of political authority is one of the foundation stones of democratic government, and a reminder that the people of America ultimately . . .
Talk Back: Puppy Protests
Lots of feedback about last Saturday’s nationwide rallies at 22 Petland stores. Most people are terribly disappointed that Petland continues to try to hide behind false claims. Our eight-month investigation exposed the chain as the nation’s largest retail supporter of puppy mills. HSUS investigators visited . . .
Even before Michael Vick became familiar to folks who never follow football, The HSUS was thoroughly committed to the task of eradicating animal fighting in America. We’ve strengthened the laws at the state and federal level, and we’ve worked hard to enforce the laws. That’s . . .
Will You Serve?
In the recognized tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, President-elect Barack Obama has asked Americans to devote that day, Monday, Jan. 19, to volunteer service. Mr. Obama, Joe Biden, and their families will do volunteer work in the Washington, D.C. area, just one . . .
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my hope that President-elect Barack Obama would ask his Agriculture Secretary nominee, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, to break the hold of Big Agribusiness on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and to broaden the agency's outlook and . . .