Archive for October, 2012
On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service held a public hearing for a permit application by Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia. Educators, researchers, a former SeaWorld trainer, animal advocates, homemakers, a TV producer, a pilot, lawyers, and social workers spoke out against the import request. . . .
Windi Wojdak/HSVMA For several decades, local and national animal protection organizations have worked with focus to reduce euthanasia of homeless pets. In the mid-1970s, there were as many as 15 to 20 million cats and dogs euthanized every year in the United States. Though we . . .
It is inevitable that people and wildlife will bump up against one another. The question for us at The HSUS, and for everyone else in society, is how we manage those encounters. Do we exhibit tolerance and try to find ways to solve problems without . . .
In early 2008, The Humane Society of the United States released an investigation showing appalling and unacceptable treatment of dairy cows too sick or injured to walk at the Hallmark/Westland slaughter plant in Chino, Calif. The case set off riots in South Korea (the number-two . . .
Domesticated pigs have been around for thousands of years. Gestation crates, which are small metal cages used to permanently immobilize pregnant sows, have been a standard industry practice for just about 40 years. Yet industrial-style pork producers actually want to mislead Americans into thinking that . . .
The HSUS works for all animals, and on so many fronts—building public awareness, driving corporate progress, and conducting hands-on care of animals in crisis. We also work to see that laws are enforced and to lobby for stronger animal welfare policies. Photo: Ray Eubanks There . . .
Almost anything is available for sale over the Internet now—and tragically that includes rare and protected animals, their parts, and products made from their parts like fur coats, boots, and trinkets. Given the convenience and relative anonymity of online sales, markets for illegal wildlife and . . .
I like to look ahead on the blog, report on major action items, take on our critics, or opine on a major fault line or controversy within our field. It’s also my custom, each quarter, to look back and provide a summary of which blogs . . .
I’ve been a vegan for 28 years now. So it feels a little strange for me to be running for a slot on the board of directors of Tyson Foods, the second-largest meat company in the world and one of the behemoths of industrialized agribusiness. . . .
It’s been a bad two years for wolves, with the federal government de-listing them from endangered species protection throughout their range in the Northern Rockies and the Western Great Lakes, and turning over management to trigger-happy state wildlife officials and politicians. It’s a particularly bad day . . .