Archive for November, 2012
Our adversaries in industrialized agriculture want to frame the animal protection debate in static, black-and-white terms. They want to position all animal advocates as opponents of farming. They want to be judge and jury when it comes to best practices. They pillory animal advocates, and . . .
I have enduring recollections of my guest appearances on Oprah and Ellen, partly because their very public affirmations of animal protection made me feel our cause was ascendant. I had that same feeling today in Mumbai, as Humane Society International launched its India office at . . .
Ask a classroom full of kids, anywhere in the United States, what their favorite animal is and odds are someone will mention the African lion — the so-called “King of the Beasts.” Unfortunately for these children, by the time they are adults, this iconic predator may . . .
As I’ve traveled throughout India over the last week or so, I’ve seen that the lives of people and animals are as intertwined as you’ll find anywhere in the world. Dogs live, in enormous numbers, on streets and sidewalks choked with people. Stray cats roam in great . . .
The news for bears and wolves, I’m afraid to report, isn’t good — in fact, it’s damn distressing. The Obama Administration has endorsed a perfectly miserable federal bill, S. 3525, that is a grab-bag for the hunting lobby, and Congress seems hell-bent on passing the . . .
Animals may be vulnerable, but they need not be passive or possessed only by instinct. They have a wide range of feelings, and they can behave in altruistic ways. In the chapter on animal intelligence in my book “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call . . .
This week and into the following one, I’m in India, where we’re continuing to ramp up the work of our affiliate, HSI India, focusing on confinement of animals on factory farms, street dog sterilization and vaccination, and eliminating animal testing for cosmetics (“Be Cruelty Free”). . . .
Last year, The HSUS, under the auspices of its newly formed Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, hosted a landmark conference called “The Purebred Paradox,” examining the effects of purebred breeding on the health and welfare of dogs. Breeding for physical characteristics, rather than for . . .
We have just ended a presidential election campaign that featured more than a little debate about class and taxes. President Obama, as we all know, argued that, with our nation’s debt growing by billions each week, the federal government should raise taxes on people who . . .
Animal protection is a global cause, and the needs are urgent everywhere. But we have a longer, tougher road to travel in China than perhaps anywhere else, as Peter J. Li, Ph.D., and Michael Tobias make plain in their exchange posted recently on Forbes.com. Peter . . .
This weekend, HSUS staff members cared for nearly 500 animals at emergency shelters we're running in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, and also in Nassau County, New York, where we’re partnering with local groups. The work underscores the physical destruction and ongoing social . . .