Archive for March, 2011
Adopt a Companion Animal, Find a Friend for Life
Today is Adopt the Internet Day, an event organized by Petfinder.com to spread the word about the importance of adopting companion animals from shelters and rescue groups. This is a mission we also champion at The HSUS, especially through the Shelter Pet Project. With Maddie’s . . .
Pet Adoption in the Internet Age
The cause of shelter pet adoption has been catapulted forward by the Internet. Adopting a companion animal has become easier with the advent of Petfinder.com, The Shelter Pet Project, and other websites that allow anyone to browse potential pets from the comfort of home.
News from India: A Better Day for Millions of Hens
Forced molting through starvation is one of the most unacceptable practices in modern animal agriculture. It involves depriving birds of food for up to two weeks — and water for up to three days — to manipulate the laying cycle to stimulate egg-laying in hens . . .
Missouri Senate Passes Bill to Eviscerate Prop B
There’s deeply distressing news from Missouri, where the state Senate just hours ago voted to repeal Prop B. The backers of SB 113, authored by Sen. Mike Parson, characterized it as a “fix,” but it was anything but that. Parson and his allies hollowed out . . .
There is an attack on democracy occurring now in the Missouri General Assembly, and I hope you are as outraged as I am about it. Just four months ago, voters approved Prop B to create stronger standards for the care of dogs on large-scale commercial . . .
Cast Your Vote for a Canine Hero
Tales of heroic animals often strike a chord, perhaps because they remind us of the sacrifices made by people to help others in need—actions that often result in rightful public recognition of the heroes. There’s something in these animal stories that prompts us to realize . . .
Culture No Defense for Cruelty
Through the years, I’ve heard many flimsy arguments from the apologists for animal abuse, and among the most persistent has been an appeal to cultural prerogative or tradition—in short, that the conduct in question is an expression of the “culture” of a particular nationality, community, . . .
Talk Back: Puppy Mill Problem Shows Why Prop B is Sorely Needed
Since nearly 1 million Missourians voted to crack down on puppy mill abuses by passing Prop B in November, I’ve tried to keep you informed about the dealings of a number of state lawmakers who are trying to gut this measure. The debate in Jefferson . . .
More than 200 Dogs and Cats Saved from Squalor
The HSUS’s animal rescue team worked with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department to rescue 198 dogs and 31 cats from deplorable neglect in southeastern Alabama. This was our first rescue deployment made possible by the Pepsi Refresh grant, and we’re especially grateful to all of you who voted for us.
A Call for Reform of Federal Wildlife Program
USDA’s Wildlife Services is responsible for the lethal removal of tens of thousands of predators from both public and private lands. With better practices, Wildlife Services can do a better job of helping wildlife and people.
Saving African Lions from Extinction
Today The HSUS and our international arm, as well as several other organizations, petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. It’s not too late to save the magnificent African lion, but we must act now.