Archive for October, 2011
Our Animal Rescue Team joined Alachua County Animal Services this June to remove nearly 700 cats from appalling conditions in Florida, and we’ve spent nearly five months since then caring for these animals at our emergency shelter with the help of volunteers and other groups. Read the latest good news about this special group of cats.
Two local men at the heart of our Pets for Life Chicago program first came to our attention as students in our free dog training classes. Five years later, they are giving back to their community by working full-time for the Pets for Life program and putting together a successful pet clinic in their own neighborhood.
This year, our Animal Rescue Team has worked with law enforcement to rescue more than 5,100 animals from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, and hoarders. Here’s the first in an occasional series of stories from HSUS staff members who’ve adopted pets from these rescues.
The death of tigers, lions, and other animals released last week in Ohio was just the latest tragic incident in this state with some of the weakest policies on keeping exotic animals. Many readers wrote in calling for stronger rules and expressing anger and sadness over the deaths of these animals.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced an emergency order today on the exotic animal issue, in the wake of the tragedy in Zanesville, but its provisions are inadequate. And of the seven non-governmental organizations represented on the governor’s task force, two are exotic animal industry groups.
Soon after the polar bear was listed as a threatened species in 2008, trophy hunting groups filed a federal lawsuit aiming to reopen American borders to the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies. In a ruling issued yesterday, a federal court soundly rejected this argument and refused to allow U.S.-based sport hunters to import dead bears they killed in Canada as trophies.
Today’s apologists for cruelty are sophisticated and deceptive, now laying claim to the argument that they are the best defenders of animals. But if you know the details of the horse slaughter industry, there’s an inescapable conclusion that it’s disreputable and predatory, gathering up horses from all sorts of sources and turning them into meat exports for profit.
This week, we joined the Lewis and Clark Humane Society and local law enforcement to rescue more than 160 Malamutes from a Montana puppy mill. Please sign our petition urging the Obama administration to close a loophole that allows online puppy sellers to escape federal oversight.