Archive for September, 2012
Talk Back: A Good Week for Pigs, Chimpanzees, Bears, and Hounds
Take the pledge to help more pigs. It’s been a week filled with meaningful achievements on the animal protection front. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed more than a half-dozen animal protection bills backed by The HSUS, including a ban on hound hunting of bears and . . .
Bringing Hope to 139 Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Birds in North Carolina
There’s never a respite for our Animal Rescue Team. This Tuesday, the Humane Society of the United States’ ART helped animal control officers and local groups in Person County, N.C., save more than 130 animals from miserable conditions in a hoarding situation. Roberta Wall, co-founder . . .
Victory: California Gov. Brown Signs Bill to End Hounding of Bears and Bobcats
I just learned that Gov. Jerry Brown this afternoon has signed S.B. 1221 into law–to ban the unsporting and inhumane practice of hound hunting of black bears and bobcats in California. I am so thankful to the governor for his support, and grateful to the . . .
More Progress on Gestation Crates, and Uncovering the ‘Ham Scam’
It is an axiom in the world of business management that “the customer is always right.” The pork sector apparently doesn’t subscribe to that principle. The industry’s leadership continues to deride its biggest buyers, most of which are declaring that they want to eliminate gestation . . .
Reckless Bill in Congress Would Harm Polar Bears and the Environment
Make no mistake, there’s a lot of support for animal issues in the U.S. Congress. The anti-animal fighting bill, H.R. 2492, making it a federal crime to be a spectator at animal fights has 226 cosponsors (a majority of the House), and the Senate version . . .
110 Chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center Will Be Safe from Testing
Today, we received a telling sign that the United States will soon see the end of invasive experiments on chimpanzees, bringing to a close a long, sad, and inhumane chapter in the history of American science and public health. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the . . .
Clock Ticking in Effort to Protect California Bears and Bobcats from Hounding
In late August, the California Senate gave final approval to legislation authored by state senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to stop the inhumane and unsporting practice of hounding bears and bobcats. For a variety of reasons, California had long withstood the trend in the West to . . .
$75,000 Fine and Probation Handed Down in Notorious Horse Soring Case
Yesterday, in a packed Chattanooga courtroom, the Hon. Harry S. Mattice, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, handed down penalties in the horse abuse case involving Jackie McConnell—the Hall of Fame trainer of Tennessee walking horses, who in 2011 was captured on . . .
Update: Helping Rescued Dogs Recover and Learn to Trust
Last month, The HSUS helped rescue nearly 50 dogs from two suspected fighting operations in Michigan. Our policy is to treat every rescued dog as an individual, not as a category, and our hope is that they can eventually be placed with rescue groups or . . .
Talk Back: Bill Introduced to Strengthen Horse Protection Act
Yesterday, Congressmen Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced legislation in the U.S. House to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and allow for a stronger crackdown on the widespread abuse within the Tennessee Walking Horse show world. There’s been a fever pitch about this . . .
Federal Court Upholds California’s Historic Prop 2 Ballot Measure
Of all the victories for animal protection in recent decades, California’s 2008 Proposition 2 ballot measure stands out as one of the biggest and most far-reaching. It was one the most comprehensive farm animal protection measures ever attempted, launched in the largest state in the . . .
Slow and Steady Wins the Race to Save Gopher Tortoises
Our critics in various animal-use industries constantly try to define us, and try to say The HSUS should work on one narrow set of humane issues–or, not to work on humane issues at all. Rest assured, we don’t take their advice. We’ve always been about . . .