Archive for August, 2010
Anti-Puppy Mill Initiative Moves Ahead in Missouri
The Missouri citizen initiative to combat puppy mills, approved for the ballot just 10 days ago by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, just cleared perhaps its final hurdle and is now almost certain to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot for a vote of . . .
Momentum Against Factory Farms Makes Headlines
Today, we announced that a federal judge has ordered a trial in a federal legal case we brought against a polluting egg factory farm in the Central Valley of California. The giant Olivera Egg Ranch regularly confines more than 700,000 hens in cramped cages and . . .
Talk Back: Win for Wolves, Cracking Down on Crush Videos
Readers celebrated last week’s decision by a federal judge to reinstate endangered species protections for the gray wolves of the Northern Rockies—a remarkable victory in The HSUS and other organizational plaintiffs’ long-running legal campaign to protect these imperiled animals. Among your comments: Protecting gray wolves . . .
On Call for Victims of Animal Cruelty
Every day, The HSUS gets calls from concerned community members about cases of animal cruelty in their area. Callers often tell us that no other group helped them until they came to us — and that is in good part due to the relentless work of Ashley Mauceri, The HSUS’s deputy manager of animal cruelty issues.
Reprieve for People, Pets & Shelters Impacted by Oil Spill
Our commitment to local animal shelters, and to animals inside those shelters, is unwavering—and nothing illustrates it better than the video I’d like to show you today. For the second time in a month, The HSUS has teamed up with local organizations to take the . . .
Wolves Win: Federal Court Reinstates Protections
The HSUS and a number of other organizational plaintiffs secured a remarkable decision in our legal campaign in the running fight to protect imperiled gray wolves in the Northern Rockies, winning a decision from U.S. District Court Judge Donald W. Malloy in Helena, Mont. striking down the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s rule delisting gray wolves from the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies, and reinstating federal protection for wolves in the region.
Dealing a Major Blow to the Puppy Mill Problem
The most important battle in the effort to crack down on puppy mills is upon us. Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan confirmed this week that the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will appear on the November 2010 ballot for a vote of the people. . . .
Talk Back: Killing of Wild Horses and Canada Geese
Last week I asked you to take action on two urgent matters of wildlife mismanagement by the federal government—urging the Bureau of Land Management to stop the cruel and senseless roundups of wild horses, and encouraging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to have no part of . . .
Animal Crush Videos: Disgusting and Illegal
Despite the near universal view among the public that individuals should not be able to profit from illegal, malicious, and obscene acts of animal cruelty, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times editorialized this week against legislation to reinstate a federal prohibition on gruesome animal crush videos. I asked Supreme Court expert Scott Ballenger of Latham & Watkins to share his thoughts on the issue.
A Beautiful Mind: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Animals
I’ve heard Jonathan Balcombe speak before, and read his books, including his latest work, “Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals.” Based on that experience, I knew he’d have much to offer attendees at this year’s Taking Action for Animals conference, where we invited him to speak. We also published a Q&A with him earlier this year in All Animals.