Archive for July, 2012

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a . . . 

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Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

We’ve had a global setback on animal testing, and it’s critical we turn it around. A number of companies that were cruelty-free have suspended their policies in order to break into the lucrative cosmetics market in China, which is among a small handful of nations . . . 

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Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

By on July 27, 2012 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

This week, North America’s largest food-service distributor, Sysco, became the latest major food company to take a stand against gestation crate confinement of pigs. Even more companies are sure to follow, as the food industry rebels against a widespread pork industry production practice. Rather than . . . 

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Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

By on July 26, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

In the Washington, D.C. area, we have a program called Humane Wildlife Services that works with homeowners to resolve conflicts they have with small critters. Here’s a video about one success story with a raccoon mother and her babies.

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Saving Pets

By on July 25, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Saving Pets

Over the last six months, our shelter services team has provided free training and guidance to shelter professionals at more than 300 shelters around the nation, including visiting shelters in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, and other states.

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Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

By on July 24, 2012 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

You never know what will motivate someone to help animals. Our advocacy, education, and media outreach reaches millions of people and moves them to take action. But how do we bring new people to the cause of animal protection and to encourage them to get . . . 

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A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

By on July 23, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

It’s especially painful to see people and places that purport to help animals do precisely the opposite. That’s what we discovered last week when The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control remove almost 300 dogs―mostly . . . 

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Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

By on July 20, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

It was a big moment, earlier this year, when McDonald’s made a joint announcement with The HSUS that the best-known restaurant chain in the world would start the process of phasing out purchases of pork from producers who confine sows in gestation crates. We’ve seen . . . 

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For Sale in the United States: Domestic Dog Fur

By on July 19, 2012 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
For Sale in the United States: Domestic Dog Fur

More than a decade ago, The HSUS conducted an investigation in China and discovered a thriving trade in dogs and cats killed for their pelts, with the furs finding their way into trim on parkas, boots, and other outer-wear products sold in the United States . . . 

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‘Death at SeaWorld’ Highlights Growing Movement against Keeping Orcas in Captivity

By on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Death at SeaWorld’ Highlights Growing Movement against Keeping Orcas in Captivity

Rough water continues to swirl around the normally placid pools at SeaWorld, which recently appealed an administrative law judge’s decision to uphold an OSHA safety violation citation against the theme park after the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando . . . 

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Rep. Steve King Attempts to Slash Protections for Animals, Workers, and the Environment

Rep. Steve King Attempts to Slash Protections for Animals, Workers, and the Environment

Iowa Congressman Steve King thinks it’s fine to spend taxpayer money doling out billions to corporate farmers in the way of direct payments, crop insurance, predator control programs, and other subsidies. He’s built a reputation on it. The HSUSKing's proposal threatens state laws such as . . . 

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Heinz Joins the Call to End Gestation Crates

By on July 16, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Heinz Joins the Call to End Gestation Crates

Today, we’re announcing the decision of yet another major food company to commit to ending the use of gestation crates. Heinz, one of our nation’s most iconic food manufacturers, produces frozen meals and sauces that contain pork, including for its Weight Watchers, TGI Friday’s, and . . . 

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