Archive for June, 2012
Foie Gras Ban About to Take Effect in California
California’s ban on selling foie gras from force-fed animals–passed by state lawmakers in 2004, and signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger–takes effect after more than a seven-year grace period for diners and for the state’s one producer, Sonoma Foie Gras.
Talk Back: There’s Still Hope for Hens
I wrote recently about an important lost opportunity in the Senate as certain lawmakers, working on behalf of the meat industry, worked to block our egg industry reform amendment from consideration when the farm bill came to the Senate floor. The Senate did ultimately allow . . .
Learn, Network, and Re-Engage for Animals at TAFA
From July 27-30, 2012, animal advocates from around the nation will come together in Washington, D.C., to sharpen their skills and knowledge at our Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference. This is one of the best training and teaching conferences offered in our movement, and . . .
Adoption Story: Pit Bull Goes from Fighting Ring to Loving Home
I love redemption stories. Last summer, I wrote about our Animal Rescue Team helping to rescue dogs from two fighting rings in North Carolina. It was a blazing hot day, and most of the animals were chained outside in the woods. The HSUS and Hello . . .
Time to Call Off the Hounds in California
A California Assembly committee should pass S.B. 1221 tomorrow, a bill to ban the inhumane and unsporting practice of hunting bears and bobcats with hounds. That practice inevitably leads to fights between dogs and their quarry.
Animal Fighting Progress in the Senate, and More News on the Legislative Front
Two days ago, I wrote―with barely contained indignation―about members of the Senate declining to take up two key animal welfare amendments during floor consideration of the farm bill. One amendment, from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mirrored the language of S. 3239/H.R. 3798, the vitally important . . .
Meat on the Menu, But Not the Agenda, at Rio?
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has highlighted animal agriculture as “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems.” Why is meat so rarely on the agenda at international events on climate change and sustainable development?
Senate Farm Bill Throws Animal Welfare Under the Bus
Last night, the Senate approved an agreement to allow a finite number of amendments to the farm bill, and all measures related to animal welfare were excluded from consideration.
Cockfighting Bust in California Seizes Hundreds of Birds, Cache of Fighting Equipment
Last week, The HSUS’s’ Animal Rescue Team deployed to Tulare County, Calif., to help bust what appears to be one of the largest distributors in the United States of knives, gaffs, and other equipment used for illegal cockfighting.
A Safe Haven for Victims of Domestic Violence
Thanks to one dog’s heroism and a community’s outpouring of support, victims fleeing violent homes no longer have to choose between seeking safety for themselves or protecting their pets. Joe Maxwell, former Lieutenant Governorof Missouri and The HSUS’s Director of RuralDevelopment and Outreach, with "Hank"photo: . . .
Celebrate National Oceans Month with The HSUS and Humane Society International
“We are tied to the ocean,” President John F. Kennedy once observed, and that’s never been more true than today. The oceans still harbor billions and billions of animals, but human-caused actions threaten these vast areas and the great and tiny creatures who inhabit them. . . .
Newspapers Flock to Support Bill that Would Help Millions of Hens
There are many ways to measure the power of an idea—and one of them is the ability of that idea to attract diverse support. When it comes to the surprising and unusual collaboration between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to ban the barren . . .