Archive for 2011
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.
Last week, The HSUS filed a complaint against Smithfield Foods for claiming that it keeps pigs in an “ideal” environment where their “every need is met,” and not surprisingly, it drew broad media attention and outrage. Many of you were upset by the Smithfield news and wrote in with these comments.
Today, Supreme Court justices considered a precedent-setting animal welfare case centering on a challenge by a slaughterhouse trade association to provisions of California’s anti-cruelty law relating to the abuse of livestock unable to stand or walk. If the Supreme Court strikes down this law, we may not only see California’s anti-cruelty law gutted, but we may also see anti-horse slaughter laws in California, Illinois, and Texas shot down, too.
This week, we’re celebrating the 15th annual National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. Check out our fun new video about shelter pets and find out how you can support your local shelter or rescue group.