Archive for June, 2012
Investing In a Better Future for Animals
At McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting last month—in front of a packed room of investors, board members, executives, and reporters—Paul Shapiro, HSUS’s vice president of Farm Animal Protection, engendered a round of applause for the company’s groundbreaking commitment to eliminate gestation crate confinement of pigs from . . .
A Critical Moment to Help Hens
We are asking our supporters to call their U.S. Senators and to urge them to co-sponsor S. 3239 and support the Feinstein amendment to the farm bill, which would set up minimum space and enrichment standards for the care of the nation’s 280 million egg-laying hens.
Jane Goodall’s Extraordinary Dedication for Animals
Last week I attended the World Animal Forum with a long list of accomplished guests, none of them more significant or worthy of our gratitude and adoration than Jane Goodall.
Common-Sense Ban on Dangerous Exotic Animals Signed in Ohio
The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio, may prove to be a pivot point on the issue of private ownership of exotics. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation to crack down on the trade in powerful wild animals as pets and roadside attractions.
Stronger Federal Rule Announced to Impose Penalties against Horse Soring
The abuse of Tennessee walking horses has been in the news since The HSUS released video footage of one of the industry’s top trainers striking a horse in the face with a wooden handle and pouring injurious chemicals onto the feet of a horse. It . . .
Breaking News: Nation’s Largest Grocery Chain Eliminating Gestation Crates
Forcing breeding pigs to live in narrow crates where they can’t turn around for nearly their entire lives is simply indefensible. I’m pleased to report to you that a tipping point has been reached on this subject. The news today that Kroger—the nation’s largest grocery . . .
OSHA Ruling Provides Further Evidence that SeaWorld Should End Orca Shows
In February 2010, Dawn Brancheau, a veteran orca trainer at SeaWorld Florida, was killed by Tilikum, SeaWorld’s largest orca. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency charged with protecting workplace safety, investigated Brancheau’s death and in August 2010 issued a “willful” citation . . .