Archive for April, 2009
Dr. Michael Greger, The HSUS’s director of public health and animal agriculture, has observations about the current swine flu crisis that should be mandatory reading for policy makers across the nation.
In recent weeks, in different parts of the country, the plight of horses—from the deaths of 21 polo ponies in Florida to this week’s rescue of 200 mustangs found starving on a Nebraska ranch—has captured the headlines. Wherever horses need help, they’ll have a powerful ally in The HSUS and its equine programs.
There are some within the agribusiness sector who recognize that the public is deeply concerned about animal welfare, food safety, and transparency. Then, there are the likes of CCF and David Martosko: Is there a form of institutional cruelty that they won’t defend or conceal?
We at The HSUS were upset when news came yesterday that the trustees had allocated $136 million of grants, with just $1 million (or less than 1 percent) going to dog-related organizations. It is wrong to disregard the wishes of anyone who leaves money for a legitimate cause.
Yesterday the nation’s highest court granted a petition to examine a case made possible by the enactment of a 1999 law banning the commercial sale of videos depicting extreme and illegal acts of animal cruelty.
Many animal advocates continue to express great disappointment that the Obamas’ dog did not come from a shelter, squandering an opportunity by the First Family to set an example. And many of you spoke about the tone that The HSUS struck in its comments in reacting to the decision.