Archive for May, 2009
The HSUS Strategy for Success
When you are the largest and most accomplished organization in the animal protection movement, it’s logical that you’ll be feared by groups or corporations that stand in the way of progress.
Our Very Own SWAT Unit
Yesterday we helped to rescue nearly 400 dogs from a puppy mill in Washington state and last week we assisted in the seizure of 374 neglected animals from a ranch in Wisconsin. Our state directors give us a leg up in learning of crisis situations.
Turning the Page for Farm Animals
Two recent books, and all of the other activity on farm animal issues, are markers of a national movement to re-examine where our food comes from, to assess the economic and non-economic costs of industrial animal agriculture, and imagine ways of doing better.
Driving Dolphins to Despair
Canada’s seal hunt has rightly drawn the world’s ire. Japan’s unconscionable killing of whales, porpoises and dolphins deserves the same condemnation, and now.
Talk Back: Michael Vick As Messenger
Michael Vick has served his sentence, and now he’s made a personal appeal to The HSUS to involve him in anti-dogfighting and anti-cruelty efforts. You’ve heard my feelings about the issue and I’ve been grateful for your outpouring of thoughts and observations. Here is a sampling of reader comments.
More Thoughts on Michael Vick
We used Michael Vick’s case to strengthen the laws in America, and now we can use his celebrity and the story of his fall as a parable to reach kids in the cities.
What’s Next for Michael Vick?
With our record of action, I think I’d be the least likely guy to end up talking with Michael Vick about his interest in working with us. But when you step back and ponder it, we are actually the most logical place for him to go.
Closure in the Cockfighting Corridor
The guiding principle in all of our work is to hit animal fighting wherever it exists. We attend to this task every day, and this past weekend, we had another major strike.
Polly Wants a Permanent Home
On Saturday I visited the Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, also known as Project Perry, in Louisa, Va. This parrot sanctuary—for the cast-offs and the cruelty cases of the burgeoning parrot trade—is the inspiration of Matt Smith.
In addition to a growing number of California retailers switching away from battery cage eggs to cage-free eggs in the wake of Prop 2’s passage, we’ve also seen important advances on the other side of the country.
Pick Your Hero
Once again, we are honoring dogs who have heroically stepped up when their help was needed most with our Second Annual Dogs of Valor Awards. Before 5 p.m. ET this Friday, May 15, vote for the one dog who you think is the most extraordinary.
Before His Time: Lord Erskine in 1809
On Friday we’ll mark the 200th anniversary of Lord Thomas Erskine’s speech on cruelty to animals in the House of Lords in the United Kingdom. It is a stirring piece of rhetoric, and a remarkable speechmaking artifact.