Archive for March, 2009
Talk Back: Petland’s Predicament
Two weeks ago we announced a class action lawsuit alleging that Petland Inc. and the Hunte Corporation have conspired to sell unhealthy dogs to unsuspecting consumers. HSUS staff have been overwhelmed with hundreds of additional heartbreaking stories from Petland customers. We’ve recorded a video update on the case, and I also wanted to post some of your responses.
A Rancher’s Critique of Animal Agriculture
Whether it was Wendell Berry or Wes Jackson, it’s nothing new to have ranchers and enthusiasts of living off the land offer strong critiques of factory farming. Traditional ranchers and other animal producers have always done things differently than factory farmers. But Nicolette Hahn Niman’s . . .
Talk Back: Seal Hunt, Puppy Mill Rescue
As world pressure mounts against the hunt, our ProtectSeals team remains in Canada to document the annual commercial seal kill and broadcast the cruelty across the world. So many of you have been moved by the reports sent back by Rebecca Aldworth and today I . . .
How to Say Spay
Here in D.C., we are getting our first sightings of the messengers of spring—crocuses, daffodils, and songbirds, with cherry blossoms soon to come. But for animal shelters and rescues in D.C. and elsewhere throughout the nation, other harbingers of spring are baskets and boxes of . . .
Hovering Over Hell
Rebecca Aldworth, our lead campaigner against Canada’s cruel slaughter of baby seals, has just returned from a difficult day of documenting the hunt. I asked her to share her thoughts, since it’s so important that we tell this story to the world. Here’s her report. . . .
From the Ice to Arkansas: Everywhere for Animals
With its strength and reach, The HSUS has the ability to fight battles on multiple fronts—taking on factory farming, the exotic pet trade, Petland and its puppy mill connection, the use of chimpanzees in research, animal fighting, and so much more. © The HSUSSealers begin . . .
Give Me a Home Where the Wild Horses Roam
My friend Madeleine Pickens has been in the news recently with her passionate appeal to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to take up her plan to create a sanctuary for thousands of wild horses and burros on public rangelands. Right now, the Bureau of Land Management . . .
Talk Back: Safety for Baby Seals, Downer Cattle
From my perch at The HSUS, I see so much change for the good occurring for animals. Last week, I was beyond thrilled by the Russian government’s announcement to end the killing of baby seals in that country. Vladimir Putin the week before had signaled . . .
An Afternoon with Horses
Today, I am in Pittsburgh at the Allegheny HYP Club to give a lecture on animal issues. I was invited by an old Yale college classmate, Matt Meade, who brought me to town. One of my other hosts is Karen Poirier, the president of the . . .
Cockfighting: Banned and Busted
About six months ago, Louisiana became the 50th state to ban cockfighting—an historic marker in our fight against malicious animal cruelty. On Saturday, Louisiana State Police raided the Little Bayou Club, a large cockfighting pit in the southwestern part of the state, charging 37 people . . .
HSUS Members to Petland: See You in Court
Minchy, a young miniature pinscher, is slowly going blind. Patrick, a Pomeranian puppy, suffers from an inherited joint disorder that requires expensive surgery. Mainerd, a Boston terrier, must endure a painful genetic spinal condition. All these puppies were sold by Petland stores. And while it’s . . .
A Farm Boy Expands
Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, is as powerful and compelling a moral voice in journalism that we have in our day, casting a spotlight on human trafficking for the sex trade, genocide in Darfur, and other urgent life-and-death issues . . .