Archive for April, 2012
In the News: Horse Racing and the Federal Government’s Wildlife-Killing Program
Today I’m pleased to share solid and in-depth front-page news stories exposing animal exploitation: one in The New York Times on horse racing and the other in The Sacramento Bee on predator-killing by our own federal government.
Animal Issues Hanging in the Balance
This was a week filled with major news at The HSUS, with some pivotal decisions and progress. – On the programmatic front, the big news was Burger King’s announcement, which I broke on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, that the iconic restaurant chain would stop buying pork . . .
Burger King Leads the Charge for Better Animal Welfare
The HSUS and Burger King are jointly announcing that the world’s second-largest fast food burger chain will eliminate both battery cages and gestation crates from its U.S. supply chain. With this announcement explicitly disapproving the extreme confinement of farm animals, Burger King has set a new standard for animal care in the food retail sector.
Help Us End Animal Testing for Cosmetics Worldwide
Was the shampoo you used this morning tested on rabbits or other animals? What about your lipstick? Wouldn’t it be nice to shop care-free, knowing that every cosmetic product produced and sold—not only in the United States, but globally—was made without subjecting animals to cruel . . .
Remembering John Hoyt, a Leader for Animal Protection
John Hoyt died at his home in Fredericksburg, Va., last Sunday after a long infirmity. Hoyt, more than anyone, developed The HSUS and built a solid organization, extending its reach into all 50 states.
Defenders of Cruelty Distort the Truth
In our field, we are used to seeing the defenders of cruelty go to great lengths to obscure the facts or to justify their misconduct. This trait was on display in spades this week.
First-Quarter Blog Favorites: Progress for Farm Animals, Horses, and More
Here’s a list of the top 10 blog posts from the first quarter of 2012, the ones you read and remarked upon the most. Not surprisingly, many of the most popular blogs focused on progress for animals, and others on as our undercover investigations.
Time for Trapping Reform in Oregon
Oregon lags woefully behind neighboring western states in its trapping regulations. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has a new opportunity to take an important step in restoring some balance to this picture.
Pioneering Higher Education for Animals
This weekend, the Washington Post Magazine ran a great feature on Humane Society University and the field of animal studies overall. Knowing that so many animal welfare professionals strive to help animals in the most effective manner, The HSUS created HSU to help achieve that goal.
Ask Congress to Shoot Down Dangerous Wildlife Proposal
Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the outrageous H.R. 4089, which would weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act by allowing trophy hunters to import sport-hunted polar bears from Canada; open up millions of acres of sensitive public lands to hunting; and further delay the inevitable switchover by hunters from toxic lead shot to non-toxic ammunition.
Spreading the Word on Animal Protection Issues on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Please tune in today and spread the word about The Ellen DeGeneres Show, whose host is such an incredible ally to animals and friend to The HSUS.
Kreider Battery Cage Egg Investigation Highlights Need for Federal Bill
The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof broke news of The HSUS’s latest undercover investigation at a battery cage facility for hens in Manheim, Pa., that produces 1.6 million eggs a day.