Archive for August, 2012
The ‘Big Lick’ Shows Big Changes Are Needed to Stop Horse Soring
A good number of owners, trainers and others associated with the Tennessee walking horse show industry are engaged in a coordinated effort to cover up illegal “soring”–a practice prohibited by Congress in 1970. Their scheme involves the cruel application of painful irritants and implements and devices to the . . .
H-Couture to Celebrate Fur-Free Fashion
At The HSUS, we confront cruelty to all kinds of animals. We consider the fur trade a great contributor to the amount of cruelty in our world, because it produces so much suffering and for no good reason. People can keep themselves warm and maintain . . .
Contraception on the Agenda for Wildlife Management
As the global human population ticks upward every second and we settle more land and demand more in the way of natural resources, our impact on wildlife will increase. And so, too, will our conflicts with wild creatures. How we manage those conflicts will test . . .
SUBWAY Restaurants Condemns Controversial Pig Cages, Will Work with Pork Suppliers to Improve Animal Welfare
The first SUBWAY restaurant opened up in my home state of Connecticut in 1965, the year I was born. The company has done a lot of growing since then. SUBWAY Restaurants has annual sales topping $1 billion and more locations (37,000) than any other restaurant . . .
Victory in the California Legislature for Wildlife and Dogs
The California Senate, in a tense and close vote of 22 to 13, just approved S.B. 1221, sending a bill to ban the hound hunting of bears and bobcats to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature or veto. The bill needed 21 votes to pass, and . . .
Lawmakers Must Act to Stop Puppy Mills in North Carolina
In 2010, The HSUS led a coalition campaign to secure a ballot measure (Proposition B) in Missouri, and although it was unfairly and wrongly weakened by state lawmakers, the law that remained is still one of the strongest in the country, and it’s resulted in . . .
West Side Story: Helping a Woman and her Cats in Chicago
The HSUS’s Pets for Life program reaches out to help people and pets in under-served communities in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. In Chicago, we focus our efforts on North Lawndale on the southwest side of the city. In addition to lacking many basic . . .
Tennessee Walking Horses: No Cause for Celebration, Yet
Today, the 74th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration gets under way in Shelbyville, Tenn. This 10-day horse show is generally recognized as the largest, most prestigious event in the industry. As such, it is the focus of controversy surrounding the abuse that trainers inflict upon . . .
A Dogfighting Victim’s Tragic Story Spreads the Message of Combating Cruelty
Our mission statement is short and to the point: “Celebrating Animals/Confronting Cruelty.” Kathy Milani/The HSUS Holding these two powerful ideas in balance is a perpetual challenge for those of us who care about animals and devote ourselves to their welfare. On one hand, there is . . .
Stop the Hounding of California’s Wildlife
Today, the Los Angeles Times reports on the HSUS-backed bill to stop the inhumane, unsporting, and high-tech practice of hound hunting of black bears and bobcats—where trophy hunters release as many as 20 dogs, often fitted with radio transmitters on their collars, to chase, attack, . . .
Moving Forward for Pets and Farm Animals in the Heartland
I’ve just returned from a tour of the heartland–Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska–where I talked to HSUS supporters, leaders, staff members from other animal welfare organizations, farm groups, and farmers. I visited animal shelters and spay/neuter clinics, and I also got a first-hand look at . . .
Horse Slaughter Plan Withdrawn in New Mexico
Wyoming state legislator Sue Wallis has been talking about opening up a horse slaughter plant on U.S. soil for years–and she began her crusade not long after the last plants were shuttered in 2007. Wallis has been aggressively venue-shopping in recent months. She found her . . .