Archive for November, 2011
Breeding for exterior characteristics rather than health and welfare has quietly emerged as one of the leading dog welfare issues in America. Take a look at the cover story in this past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine about the genetic and hereditary problems that afflict English bulldogs.
Yesterday, a task force created by Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued its recommendations for legislative action and recommended a ban on private ownership of these animals, except for accredited zoos and sanctuaries. It’s now time for the legislature to act to prevent more tragedies.
HSUS personnel who respond to crises involving animals are often charmed by these needy pets. Read a story from our own Michelle Cascio, manager of our Emergency Placement Partners program, about how she fell in love with a shy bulldog puppy named Pink.
Every day my colleagues do their best to help all animals, everywhere. In four recent news stories and videos, you can see more about our work to expose puppy mills and captive hunts, to phase out the invasive use of chimpanzees in research, and to make notable progress to protect animals in California.
Recently, I took a special trip to Chimp Haven outside of Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s a sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from research, with 140 chimps roaming throughout a beautiful, humane, and safe facility.