Archive for August, 2012

Shark Appreciation Week

Shark Appreciation Week

Shark Week is here again, and as in previous years, it concentrates on the predatory and aggressive behavior of sharks and the blood and gore that goes along with that part of their personalities. They are predators, and that’s what predators do. But there’s a . . . 

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Big Pork Benefits from Subsidies, But Fights Federal Reform for Animal Welfare

By on August 13, 2012 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Big Pork Benefits from Subsidies, But Fights Federal Reform for Animal Welfare

Today, the Obama administration announced yet another massive give-away to the pork industry–in the form of a $100 million buy-up of surplus pork. This latest government bail-out is in addition to hundreds of millions already given to the pork industry by this administration. It comes as President . . . 

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Time to End Painful Tail Docking for Dairy Cows

By on August 10, 2012 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time to End Painful Tail Docking for Dairy Cows

Over the last few years, The HSUS has driven major change within multiple sectors of animal agribusiness–and at a pace faster than I could ever have anticipated. Just this year, we’ve seen a slew of major food retailers decide to phase out their purchases of . . . 

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Prairie Dogs Pack Their Bags for New Homes

By on August 9, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Prairie Dogs Pack Their Bags for New Homes

While The HSUS’s greatest purpose is to prevent cruelty, we and our affiliates do more hands-on, direct animal care work than any other organization. And it’s every kind of creature you can imagine―from rescuing dogs from fights or puppy mills, to contracepting elephants in South Africa . . . 

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Fighting Poaching with Rewards, Dogs, and Robots

By on August 8, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fighting Poaching with Rewards, Dogs, and Robots

They dubbed themselves the Kill ‘Em All Boyz, and this self-description was spot-on. This group in Washington State poached everything from elk to cougars to bears, and even domestic cats and a dog fell victim to their terrible crimes against animals—perhaps killing more than 100 . . . 

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Unchained: Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Fighting Rings

By on August 7, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Unchained: Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Fighting Rings

Yesterday, I mentioned that The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped Michigan officials raid two suspected dogfighting operations in Kalamazoo and rescue nearly 50 dogs. At one property set back in the woods, dozens of dogs were living outdoors on heavy chains or in chain-link pens, . . . 

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Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

By on August 6, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

As this year’s general election approaches, candidates are already airing millions in attack ads. It’s that season. For us at The HSUS, it’s always that season. Puppy millers, sealers, factory farmers, and others attack and criticize us about everything we do–not because we don’t use . . . 

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Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

By on August 3, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

Editor's note, Aug. 8, 2012: Stephen Colbert spoofed Rep. King's outrageous comments about animal fighting in this must-see segment of The Colbert Report.  The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Steve King's Dogfighting Defense www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire . . . 

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Girl Scout Troop Joins 100,000 Other Voices for Puppies

By on August 2, 2012 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Girl Scout Troop Joins 100,000 Other Voices for Puppies

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children, Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote. Members of Girl Scout Troop 6811 from Sandy Springs, Md., are demonstrating this truth-telling by fighting to protect dogs, including those languishing at puppy mills. . . . 

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Pork Lobbying Group Tries to Distance Itself from Callous Comments

By on August 1, 2012 in Farm Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pork Lobbying Group Tries to Distance Itself from Callous Comments

It looks like there’s a major case of foot-in-mouth disease in the pork industry. Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), distanced NPPC from the comments made last week by its communications director, who told the National Journal that it doesn’t matter that . . . 

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