Archive for March, 2011
Comprehensive Anti-Cruelty Law Awaits Governor’s Signature in Mississippi
Mississippi is one of only four states in the nation that does not allow felony penalties for the worst abuses of dogs and cats. Yesterday, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill that would make egregious animal cruelty a felony on the second offense.
A Tiny Dog Makes a Big Splash Against Puppy Mills
Today I introduced a 9-week-old Yorkshire terrier to Congressman Michael Grimm, who was actively looking for a rescue dog. Sebastian was rescued from a Missouri puppy mill and now has a new home with Rep. Grimm.
Creating a Sanctuary for Wildlife, One Tree at a Time
John and Sue Gregoire have transformed their western New York property into a sanctuary, planting trees and creating ponds and wetlands. Through a conservation easement with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, their land is permanently protected for wildlife.
Coming Together to Save Neglected Horses
Staff from our Animal Rescue Team assisted law enforcement with a large-scale horse neglect case in east Texas last December. Here is an update about the continuing progress of these rescued horses.
Talk Back: Your Adopted Pet Stories
Recently I invited you to submit photos and stories about your adopted pets and what they mean to you. You sent an amazing variety of images and anecdotes, and here are a few of your photos and comments.
Breaking News: Hundreds of Dogs, Cats, and Other Animals Rescued in Arizona
Today our animal rescue team is in rural Arizona assisting the Apache County Sheriff’s Department in a large-scale animal hoarding rescue. More than 200 dogs, cats, and other animals were living in poor conditions on this 44-acre property.
My New Book, The Bond: How You Can Get Involved
My new book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, will be published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, on April 5. It’s a big-picture look at the major debates about how humans treat animals. You can get involved by participating in a photo contest organized by HarperCollins.
Allegations of Fraud and Waste at World’s Largest Chimpanzee Laboratory
In March 2009, The HSUS released scenes from its undercover investigation into the world’s largest chimpanzee laboratory, the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) in Louisiana. What we found was deeply disturbing—chimpanzees falling onto cement and steel floors after being sedated with dart guns, animals mutilating . . .
Celebrating Animal Protection and Looking Ahead
This Saturday, the Genesis Awards celebrated its 25th year of recognizing the news media and the entertainment industry for incorporating animal protection themes into their reporting or creative works. Here’s a list of the winners and the nominees, with video highlights.
Talk Back: Prop B Must Be Upheld
The Missouri Senate voted last week to hollow out Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, and just leave the shell. Your impassioned comments have poured in on this subject, and I wanted to devote today’s blog entry to your thoughts.
Help for the People and Animals of Japan
The nation of Japan is in the midst of its worst crisis since World War II, and it began with a massive 9.0 earthquake which then spawned a deadly tsunami. The earthquake and tsunami have wrought almost unimaginable destruction, including an unfolding drama with the severely . . .
Lights, Camera, Cover-Up?
Lawmakers have introduced bills in Florida and Iowa to make it a crime to photograph or videotape farm animals. Instead of criminalizing animal cruelty, they want to make criminals of people trying to document abuse and to put an end to the cruelty.