Archive for April, 2012

Force-Feeding Ducks for Foie Gras is Unconscionable Cruelty

By on April 11, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Force-Feeding Ducks for Foie Gras is Unconscionable Cruelty

In 2004, California lawmakers passed a bill to phase out the cruel force-feeding of ducks and the sale of foie gras if it comes from that inhumane process. Now, the state’s major foie gras producer is advocating an override of the law before it goes into effect this July.

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Seal Slaughter Officially Begins in Canada: Please Help

By on April 10, 2012 in Humane Society International with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Seal Slaughter Officially Begins in Canada: Please Help

Read today’s dispatch from the ice floes by Rebecca Aldworth, our Canadian director, as she observed the official start of the commercial seal slaughter off the coast of Canada.

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Letter to USDA: Take Horsemeat Off the Menu

By on April 9, 2012 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Letter to USDA: Take Horsemeat Off the Menu

American-bred horses are not raised for food. They exist for other purposes―as work horses, show horses, pleasure horses, or racing horses―and are sucked into the slaughter pipeline by unscrupulous killer buyers, who then direct them to foreign-based slaughter plants elsewhere in North America. Horses in the . . . 

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Talk Back: Watershed Moments for Animal Protection

By on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: Watershed Moments for Animal Protection

Kathy Milani/The HSUS In the past week, I’ve written about two incidents that had a transformative effect on our movement: the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina that spurred advances in disaster planning for pets as well as bringing a newfound understanding of the power of . . . 

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Meeting a Heroine for Animals

By on April 5, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Meeting a Heroine for Animals

One of the most inspiring speeches I've read in the field of animal protection was Robert Chenoweth's address in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as chairman of the board of the freshly minted Humane Society of the United States, to assembled members in 1955. "We felt, first . . . 

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Hop to It: Rabbits This Easter

Hop to It: Rabbits This Easter

Please spread the word to family, friends, and other members of the community about not adding to the influx of abandoned bunnies coming into shelters this spring. Baby rabbits (and chicks) don’t belong in Easter baskets.

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Lessons from Katrina: Continuing the Conversation about Animal Protection

By on April 2, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lessons from Katrina: Continuing the Conversation about Animal Protection

After Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the nation was reminded of the power of the human-animal bond. Tomorrow the paperback version of my book, The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, comes out, and I’m launching the paperback tour in New Orleans because the concept of the book came into such sharp focus as I looked back on the Katrina tragedy.

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