Archive for 2012

Unchained: Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Fighting Rings

By on August 7, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Unchained: Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Fighting Rings

Yesterday, I mentioned that The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped Michigan officials raid two suspected dogfighting operations in Kalamazoo and rescue nearly 50 dogs. At one property set back in the woods, dozens of dogs were living outdoors on heavy chains or in chain-link pens, . . . 

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Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

By on August 6, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

As this year’s general election approaches, candidates are already airing millions in attack ads. It’s that season. For us at The HSUS, it’s always that season. Puppy millers, sealers, factory farmers, and others attack and criticize us about everything we do–not because we don’t use . . . 

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Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

By on August 3, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

Editor's note, Aug. 8, 2012: Stephen Colbert spoofed Rep. King's outrageous comments about animal fighting in this must-see segment of The Colbert Report.  The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Steve King's Dogfighting Defense www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire . . . 

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Girl Scout Troop Joins 100,000 Other Voices for Puppies

By on August 2, 2012 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Girl Scout Troop Joins 100,000 Other Voices for Puppies

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children, Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote. Members of Girl Scout Troop 6811 from Sandy Springs, Md., are demonstrating this truth-telling by fighting to protect dogs, including those languishing at puppy mills. . . . 

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Pork Lobbying Group Tries to Distance Itself from Callous Comments

By on August 1, 2012 in Farm Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pork Lobbying Group Tries to Distance Itself from Callous Comments

It looks like there’s a major case of foot-in-mouth disease in the pork industry. Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), distanced NPPC from the comments made last week by its communications director, who told the National Journal that it doesn’t matter that . . . 

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Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a . . . 

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Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

Cosmetics Companies Backslide on Pledge to Be Cruelty-Free

We’ve had a global setback on animal testing, and it’s critical we turn it around. A number of companies that were cruelty-free have suspended their policies in order to break into the lucrative cosmetics market in China, which is among a small handful of nations . . . 

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Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

By on July 27, 2012 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Companies Move to End Gestation Crate Confinement, while Big Pork Drags its Heels

This week, North America’s largest food-service distributor, Sysco, became the latest major food company to take a stand against gestation crate confinement of pigs. Even more companies are sure to follow, as the food industry rebels against a widespread pork industry production practice. Rather than . . . 

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Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

By on July 26, 2012 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

In the Washington, D.C. area, we have a program called Humane Wildlife Services that works with homeowners to resolve conflicts they have with small critters. Here’s a video about one success story with a raccoon mother and her babies.

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Saving Pets

By on July 25, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Saving Pets

Over the last six months, our shelter services team has provided free training and guidance to shelter professionals at more than 300 shelters around the nation, including visiting shelters in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, and other states.

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Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

By on July 24, 2012 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Important Allies in Our Work to Help Animals

You never know what will motivate someone to help animals. Our advocacy, education, and media outreach reaches millions of people and moves them to take action. But how do we bring new people to the cause of animal protection and to encourage them to get . . . 

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A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

By on July 23, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Rescue in Name Only: Nearly 500 Dogs Rescued from Dire Circumstances Last Week

It’s especially painful to see people and places that purport to help animals do precisely the opposite. That’s what we discovered last week when The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control remove almost 300 dogs―mostly . . . 

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