Archive for May, 2012
Coming Together for Pets at Animal Care Expo
I was so pleased last week to participate in The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, where more than 1,800 people from 40 different countries gathered in Las Vegas to get trained and to network for a single purpose: To save animals’ lives. One great purpose of . . .
Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them
To better ensure the future of the many canine heroes who have been invaluable as bomb detectors or otherwise served in Iraq and Afghanistan, champions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsored the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act to improve current laws on the return of military working dogs.
HSUS 2011 Annual Report Released Here
We’ve just released our 2011 annual report online highlighting our activities and accomplishments during that year. Illustrated with a new infographic, the report shows why there’s no animal protection group in the world quite like The HSUS. Let me tell you why I make that . . .
Help Our Feathered Friends: Hen Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate
Today, the Senate companion to H.R. 3798 was introduced: legislation to codify the agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to begin the process of banning the barren battery cage in the United States.
News on Exotic Animals, Horse Soring, and Hounding of Bears and Bobcats
There’s major news on three fronts where The HSUS has been demanding reform and new protections for animals. More specifically, in all three cases we are seeing substantial progress and newfound awareness on topics that The HSUS has long campaigned on, and I am excited . . .
Turning the Tide Against Puppy Mills
Recently, I blogged about exciting news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would propose a rule requiring large-scale puppy mills and kitten mills selling pets online, by phone, or by mail to be licensed and inspected for basic standards of care. This is a reform . . .
Abuses Are Rampant in Tennessee Walking Horse Industry
Shelbyville Farm Center division manager Joe Green, Sr. told The Tennessean, in a story published today, that last Wednesday night’s report on ABC’s Nightline exposing illegal training practices within the show world for Tennessee walking horses painted “a bad picture.” “The good guys have tried . . .
Shortly After Cruelty Allegations, Tyson Foods Calls for Pizza Party
After first denying connection to the factory farm, Tyson Foods severed its relationship with Wyoming Premium Farms after an HSUS investigation documented appalling cruelty to pigs. A spokesman for the world’s second-largest meat producer publicly declared that the treatment of the animals was “deplorable.” Good for Tyson Foods. . . .
Investigative Video Shows Culture of Cruelty in Walking Horse Industry
Today, HSUS representatives are in Tennessee to release a powerful undercover investigation video that exposes animal abuse in the Tennessee walking horse industry, as practiced by one of its most infamous trainers, Jackie McConnell. I wrote about this investigation earlier this year, but we chose . . .
HSUS Breaks Investigation Today of Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner
Today, CBS This Morning broke news of another HSUS undercover investigation―this one focusing on perhaps the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, GW Exotic Animal Park in central Oklahoma.
Could Pork Become the New Veal?
The HSUS and Denny’s today announced that this popular restaurant chain―with annual sales of more than half a billion dollars and more than 1,600 restaurants―will take immediate steps to get gestation crates out of its pork supply chain. Combined with the similar announcements we’ve made . . .
A Wing and a Prayer: Rescuing More than 100 Parrots
Last week, the great folks at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton called The HSUS in to help seize more than 100 parrots and other birds from alleged neglect and cruelty in Moraine, Ohio. The birds were living in filthy, nearly barren cages in a rodent-infested storefront.