Archive for April, 2009
Horse Racing’s War on Drugs
Continuing its tough and much-needed critical examination of thoroughbred racing, The New York Times published a probing examination of the industry’s ever-festering and seemingly intractable drug problem.
Talk Back: Week in Review
Today I wanted to let readers speak, sharing some of your responses to last week's blogs. Each of my posts produced an array of comments and here's just a bit of your feedback. On our efforts in California and across the country, following Proposition 2's . . .
At the Table with Agriculture
There are right ways and wrong ways to do business in the domain of agriculture, and I know that farmers are innovative and creative enough to leave intensive confinement systems behind.
A Possible Connection: Swine Flu and Factory Farms
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.
Center for Industry Freedom?
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?
Dogs Get Only a Bone from Helmsley Trustees
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.
Supreme Court to Decide on Depictions of Animal Cruelty
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.
Talk Back: Bo Obama, Part 2
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.
Centered on Animal Protection
Yesterday’s news about Rush Limbaugh recording PSAs for The HSUS might have surprised some on the Left or the Right, but it is precisely the sort of broad appeal that we have come to expect.
Reaching Across the Aisle for Animals
Yesterday, we at The HSUS were pleased and extremely grateful to receive a full-throated expression of support for our work in fighting cruelty from Rush Limbaugh. The animal protection movement should never confine itself to the Left or the Right in American politics.