Archive for December, 2011
Progress on Many Fronts, Thanks to You
Read more good news about what we’ve accomplished for horses, farm animals, companion animals, wildlife, and animals in research in 2011. Thank you for your year-end support that makes it possible for us to continue this important work in the new year and beyond.
Help Us Win the Tough Fights for Animals
You can tell a lot about someone by his friends, but also by his enemies. In their own words, here’s what some of our traditional adversaries in the agribusiness industry have to say about the strength of The HSUS.
Your 10 Favorite Blog Posts of 2011
Today, in another look back on 2011, I’m sharing the top 10 blogs for the year—those that had the most views and the biggest reaction from readers.
New Survey of Shelter Leaders Shows Strength and Unity of Animal Movement
A new survey of animal shelter and rescue leaders around the country, conducted earlier this month by an independent research firm, found overwhelming agreement among local organizations that they view the humane movement broadly as taking on large-scale cruelties to pets, wildlife, and farm animals, along with other findings.
The HSUS’s Top 10 Victories for the Year
In 2011, The HSUS was named the number-one organization by Philanthropedia (part of GuideStar) in the latest rankings of national animal protection groups, based on the highest impact for animals. The rankings were compiled by outside experts throughout the field of animal protection—including shelter directors, . . .
Double-Barreled Attack on Wolves
Yesterday, the Obama Administration, via the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced a final rule de-listing wolves in the Great Lakes Region, officially removing all federal protection for wolves in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. State wildlife management officials, along with the trophy . . .
Changing the World for Animals in 2012
A moral concern for animals is not a far-off, abstract, or ethereal concern. It’s as tangible as it gets—intersecting with so many aspects of our daily lives. We may see stray or homeless animals in our community, or learn of a case of malicious cruelty . . .
How Doris Went from Neglect to a Loving Family
We estimate that there are 20,000 animal protection organizations in the country—offering care, services, or advocacy for just about every kind of animal out there. It’s a remarkable army of staff and volunteers seeking to help animals in crisis and call people to a higher . . .
Ten Accomplishments for Pets in 2011
While deeply valuing the essential work of local animal-care organizations, The HSUS’s founders saw that the nation needed an organization that had the power to fight for all animals—one that could change the dynamics of animal protection and strike at the root causes of cruelty. . . .
Texas Cockfighting Raid Shows Strength of New Anti-Cruelty Law
Yesterday, a team of cockfighting experts from The HSUS joined Galveston County, Texas, law enforcement in a raid on a large operation allegedly raising roosters for cockfighting.
New Report Confirms Invasive Biomedical Research on Chimps is Unnecessary
Today, the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report confirming that the current use of chimpanzees for invasive biomedical research is “largely unnecessary.” Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees remain in six U.S. laboratories, with about 500 of them owned by the federal government. The cost to . . .
Talk Back: Purebred Health and Beloved Mutts
I’ve blogged recently about three major dog welfare issues. Many of you wrote in to echo concerns about purebred dog welfare and puppy mills, as well as to sing the praises of your shelter pets.