Archive for May, 2011
Since The HSUS conducted an investigation in China exposing the killing of dogs and cats for their fur, I’ve had deep concerns about the treatment of animals in the most populous nation in the world. Now, there is a growing network of animal protection organizations there.
On Memorial Day, we honor the many sacrifices that millions of Americans have made in the best interests of our nation. This year, you can help make it that much more meaningful for a veteran who might benefit from the companionship of a service dog.
We’ve achieved victories for creatures great and small these last few days. The HSUS successfully blocked plans to kill up to 85 sea lions each year in Washington and Oregon and scored a big win for chickens and the residents of a rural community in California. Texas lawmakers passed a bill to make it a crime to possess fighting birds or to be a spectator at a cockfight.
Today our thoughts are with the residents of Midwestern and Southern states who have suffered unimaginable destruction from this week’s tornadoes, so close on the heels of flooding along the Mississippi River and tornadoes that swept through Alabama earlier this month. Our Animal Rescue Team continues to care for pets at an emergency shelter in Natchez, Miss., and we have responders in Joplin, Mo., to assist with animal sheltering needs there.
Today, we presented the award for Valor Dog of the Year to a loyal dog who came to the rescue when his owner had a serious accident. My book also shares stories of heroic animals, such as dolphins saving swimmers from sharks and dogs alerting their owners to fires or other threats.
The HSUS is fighting for horses on many fronts, pushing for new policies to protect them and also sheltering them at our new Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center. Many of you wrote in to the blog and on Facebook welcoming these new opportunities for rescued horses.
McDonald’s announced this week that it would begin buying 12 million cage-free eggs a year, meaning about 50,000 fewer hens will know the confines of a battery cage. In the last few years, California and Michigan have enacted important cage-free reforms; Washington and Oregon have pending ballot measures on the topic; and many major food purveyors have adopted policies to start switching to cage-free eggs.
One of the Missouri puppy mills on our Dirty Dozen list closed its doors this month. Unfortunately, the state is allowing the dogs to be transferred or sold to other commercial breeding facilities, instead of going to rescue groups or shelters where they could be adopted.
Today, our affiliate Humane Society International-Canada condemned Top Chef Canada for featuring a dish made with horse flesh. We in the United States have been working hard to ban the transport of American horses to Canada for slaughter.
Our new Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center is designed to be a safe haven and rehabilitation and adoption center for horses who previously experienced terrible misfortune at the hands of some callous people. It’s situated on the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, the largest animal sanctuary in America.