Archive for October, 2012

The Cruel Trade in Beluga Whales Needs to End

By on October 15, 2012 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Cruel Trade in Beluga Whales Needs to End

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. . . . 

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Ensuring Veterinary Care for All Pets

By on October 12, 2012 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ensuring Veterinary Care for All Pets

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 . . . 

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No Need to be Spooked by Bats this Halloween

By on October 11, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No Need to be Spooked by Bats this Halloween

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 . . . 

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Speaking Up to Protect Gray Wolves

By on October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Speaking Up to Protect Gray Wolves

I got up this morning in St. Paul, Minn., and the temperature reading on my iPhone was a brisk 34 degrees. It was a chilly fall day, and in the Midwest and throughout the country, that means hunting seasons are in progress or set to . . . 

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Another Hallmark/Westland Investigation Milestone

Another Hallmark/Westland Investigation Milestone

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 . . . 

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Pigs Are Made to Move, Not to Live in Solitary Confinement

By on October 8, 2012 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pigs Are Made to Move, Not to Live in Solitary Confinement

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 . . . 

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The 10 Most Important State Laws Enacted for Animals in 2012

The 10 Most Important State Laws Enacted for Animals in 2012

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 . . . 

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Honoring Wildlife Law Enforcement for Their Heroic Work

By on October 4, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Honoring Wildlife Law Enforcement for Their Heroic Work

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 . . . 

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Third-Quarter Favorites: Protecting Dogs, Horses, Pigs, and Animals in Labs

Third-Quarter Favorites: Protecting Dogs, Horses, Pigs, and Animals in Labs

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 . . . 

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Tyson Foods Needs to Get on Board with Animal Welfare

By on October 2, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tyson Foods Needs to Get on Board with Animal Welfare

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. . . . 

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Wyoming’s Wolves in Trouble

By on October 1, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Wyoming’s Wolves in Trouble

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 . . . 

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