Archive for May, 2010
Puppy mills got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and David Vitter (R-La.) took a big step in their effort to crack down on these abusive mass-breeding facilities by introducing the PUPS Act, right on the heels of the release of a damning report by the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General that criticized the USDA’s long history of lax oversight of commercial dog breeders.
The quarter-century-old moratorium on commercial whaling has been a highly successful international conservation measure. But this year we’ve had to face a stealth proposal from a working group of member nations of the International Whaling Commission, including the United States, to appease the whaling nations of Japan, Norway, and Iceland.
This week, multimillionaire lobbyist Rick Berman received a letter that must have ruined his day. William Hoffman, the general manager at WSB-TV in Atlanta, wrote to Berman and it was nothing but a stern rebuke.
Rick Berman criticizing the operations of a charity is like Jack Abramoff criticizing an organization for reckless lobbying. Berman’s the worst of the worst. You can read Ian Shearn’s exposé of him and his group here. Berman obviously conducted a recent corporate pass-through of funds . . .
On Monday, Animal Planet will broadcast details of our Petland investigation to the American public, revealing new, never-before-seen footage of the battle to expose pet stores and their connections to puppy mills.
Last month Naomi Rose, Ph.D., The HSUS's marine mammal scientist, testified before a Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee about the problems associated with the captive display of marine mammals at theme parks. My blog in advance of the hearing drew many responses—among your . . .