Archive for 2011
The HSUS’s Pets for Life NYC initiative helps people resolve problems that might otherwise lead them to relinquish their pets to animal shelters. This October, we received a call from a New Yorker who wanted to find a new home for her capuchin monkey called Mr. Charlie.
If I told you that pigs confined in gestation crates for most of their lives were living in “ideal” conditions where their “every need is met,” you’d probably have a quarrel with that. Yet that’s exactly what Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer and McDonald’s primary pork supplier, asserts on its website.
After I found an injured pigeon on a busy Washington, D.C., street in September, I called my colleague and friend Sue Farinato, an experienced wildlife rehabilitator. Sue cleaned the bird’s wounds and cared for her, calling her Geraldine. I didn’t know that my exchanges with Sue about Geraldine would be our last.
A new TV show on the Discovery Channel called “Curiosity” features hosts such as Stephen Hawking and Morgan Freeman exploring what the program calls “the most fundamental questions facing the world today” about science, technology, and society. I was interviewed for the show’s website as a leader in animal protection, and you can watch my responses online.
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.