Archive for 2012
It was a big moment, earlier this year, when McDonald’s made a joint announcement with The HSUS that the best-known restaurant chain in the world would start the process of phasing out purchases of pork from producers who confine sows in gestation crates. We’ve seen . . .
More than a decade ago, The HSUS conducted an investigation in China and discovered a thriving trade in dogs and cats killed for their pelts, with the furs finding their way into trim on parkas, boots, and other outer-wear products sold in the United States . . .
Rough water continues to swirl around the normally placid pools at SeaWorld, which recently appealed an administrative law judge’s decision to uphold an OSHA safety violation citation against the theme park after the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando . . .
Iowa Congressman Steve King thinks it’s fine to spend taxpayer money doling out billions to corporate farmers in the way of direct payments, crop insurance, predator control programs, and other subsidies. He’s built a reputation on it. The HSUSKing's proposal threatens state laws such as . . .
Today, we’re announcing the decision of yet another major food company to commit to ending the use of gestation crates. Heinz, one of our nation’s most iconic food manufacturers, produces frozen meals and sauces that contain pork, including for its Weight Watchers, TGI Friday’s, and . . .
Animal Fighting Penalties Advance in Congress, and a Dangerous Attempt to Overturn State Animal Welfare Laws
Last night, during consideration of the 2012 farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment that is intended to overturn every voter-approved animal welfare ballot measure relating to agriculture–Prop 2 in California (banning extreme confinement crates for pigs, veal calves, and laying hens), Prop . . .
Yesterday, HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team was in Mississippi to help the Stone County Sheriff’s Office save 74 dogs living in miserable conditions at a puppy mill―most without proper food, water, or veterinary care.
In my book, The Bond, I wrote about some organizations that set up roadblocks to progress on animal welfare. Near the top of the list, surprisingly, is the American Kennel Club, the oldest and best-known of the breed registry groups for purebred dogs. Without question, . . .
The U.S. Navy is proposing to conduct training exercises involving live explosives and high-intensity sonar all along the U.S. East Coast and off the coast of California and Hawaii. The Navy estimates that the planned exercises would kill up to 2,000 marine mammals and permanently deafen 16,000 more.
Last night, I debated a bullfighting enthusiast on CNN International, and the news hook was the impending start of the week-long festival in Pamplona that includes the so-called Running of the Bulls. There, bulls are released from a corral, and they then are led on . . .
Fires, floods, and other natural disasters aren’t selective. They make victims of people and animals. That’s especially true for people and pets, since their lives are bound together. Our team provided food and water for pets in evacuated areas in Montana. Over the past several . . .
IWC 64, the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission, is in full swing in Panama City, Panama, and there is a dedicated HSUS and Humane Society International team working there all week long. Photo: Jeff Pantukhoff/Spectral Q/Whaleman FoundationHundreds of advocates form the shape of . . .