Archive for 2011
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.
We’ve been expanding our Pets For Life community outreach programs in Chicago, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, New York, and Philadelphia. We recently held our first pet wellness event in north Philadelphia, and you can see in our latest video how excited people and their pets were on the day of the free clinic.
At the end of each quarter, I look back and rank-order the blogs that generated the most interest from readers. Here are the top 10 from the third quarter, including posts on three major HSUS rescues and our campaigns to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive research and to phase out barren battery cages for laying hens.
Recently, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation banning the sale and possession of shark fins in the state, and the Spanish province of Catalonia outlawed bullfighting. Compassion for animals is a universal value, and here are a few of your responses.
This week, we hosted the “To the Rescue Gala” in New York to raise awareness and critical funds for our field rescue operations. Just last week, our Animal Rescue Team assisted New York law enforcement in a raid on a major suspected cockfighting operation.
Our Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in California is also home to a group of feral cats rescued from San Nicolas Island. In 2009, The HSUS stepped in to fly more than 50 cats to the mainland.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a major animal protection case. The National Meat Association, a meat industry trade group, has asked the Supreme Court to overturn an HSUS-backed 2008 California law that bans the sale, transport, or purchase of sick and disabled livestock who are unable to walk.