Archive for April, 2010
Stamp Out Pet Overpopulation
I participated in a press conference this afternoon at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, Calif., with Ellen DeGeneres, who is co-owner of HALO, Purely for Pets; Petfinder.com founder Betsy Saul; Postal Service CFO Joseph Corbett, and AHA spokesperson Jone Bouman to unveil the new U.S. Postal Service social awareness stamp—Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet.
Driving Down Animal Fighting With New Mobile Crimes Lab
Yesterday The HSUS unveiled a powerful new tool to crack down on animal fighting criminals and other abusers — a fully outfitted Mobile Animal Crimes Lab equipped with the latest forensic gear to help law enforcement process crime scenes involving animal cruelty or fighting.
Hunting Coyotes with Greyhounds: A Cruel Blood Sport
In Monday’s New York Times, Juliet Macur reported on an old form of abuse that most people had either never heard of in the first place or had assumed had simply faded away with the march of humanity and modern society: the use of greyhounds to chase and kill coyotes, as a form of sport hunting.
A Rescued Dog’s Happy Dance
It’s a great outcome when The HSUS’s rescue work results in spontaneous dancing from animals. And that’s exactly how we read the behavior of one of the 225 dogs rescued from our latest intervention at a puppy mill. Kathy Milani/The HSUSSome of the more than . . .
Whale of a Problem: Captive Marine Mammals
Tomorrow morning my colleague Naomi Rose, Ph.D., and a number of other experts will testify before a House subcommittee about the ethical and legal issues associated with keeping marine mammals in captivity so that people can watch them perform. The HSUSPhoto taken at SeaWorld Orlando's . . .
Talk Back: Supreme Court Ruling Raises Ire
So many of you wrote in response to my blog about Tuesday’s adverse U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act. I am pleased to report that on Wednesday a bipartisan group of more than 50 lawmakers introduced a new, narrowly crafted bill, H.R. 5092, to make it a crime to sell videos of criminal animal crushing. We most urgently need you to ask your U.S. representative to support this new legislation.
Earth Day Actions to Help Animals and the Environment
As you celebrate Earth Day and explore the many ways to lessen your impact on the planet, consider these actions to help animals and the environment.
Take Four: Good News from Va., Calif., Hawaii and Alaska
Yesterday, the big news was the setback delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court in ruling against our position in a constitutional challenge to the federal Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act. But there was much action on other fronts, and I wanted to mention four important advances this week.
Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling on Animal Cruelty Law
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt animals a serious blow in its ruling today, upholding an appellate court decision that invalidated the federal law banning the commercial sale of videos showing illegal and extreme acts of animal cruelty. The Court got hung up in a stream . . .
Setting a New, Humane Standard for Wildlife Solutions
It’s spring, and starlings, sparrows, and other cavity-nesting birds are probing the exhaust vents of homes and other buildings as part of their search for secure nesting sites. Raccoons, squirrels, bats, and other wild creatures are using attics and crawl spaces as safe havens in . . .
Come to the Table
This week, reporter Kristen Hinman wrote a feature-length story for the St. Louis Riverfront Times about the tussle between The HSUS and Big Agribusiness over confinement issues and other factory farming practices. That publication is one holding of Village Voice media, and the piece was published in the chain of weeklies serving large cities throughout the country.
Talk Back: Eyes on Alaska and Hawaii
When you caught wind of a resolution to recognize cockfighting as a “cultural activity” in Hawaii, you were rightly outraged. Though the resolution unbelievably passed the House Committee on Tourism, Culture and International Affairs in late March, with a group of four lawmakers doing the . . .