Archive for 2012
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 . . .
The United States has completed its always momentous quadrennial presidential election, which in this case produced spending exceeding $2 billion between the campaigns, super PACs and other outside spenders. Thousands of other races decided at the federal, state, and local levels cost billions more when aggregated. . . .
Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast more than a week ago and I began writing about our efforts to help, many of you have written to express your thoughts. With tens of thousands of people homeless in New York and New Jersey, the full . . .
Today is an important day for any civil and democratic society, as private citizens vote, in free and fair elections, for individuals to serve our society in local, state, and federal offices, and, in some states, for initiatives or referenda relating to taxes, social issues, . . .
Yesterday, I joined our Animal Rescue Team on the ground in New Jersey, trying to provide relief to people and animals in one area within the larger Hurricane Sandy impact zone. The disaster team I connected with is stationed in Monmouth County, with its coastal towns . . .
It’s an old and familiar story, the confidence man with his bag of tricks, working his scams until the cold light of day shines and unmasks him for all to see. That’s where Richard Berman finds himself today – exposed as the black bag artist for . . .