Archive for February, 2013
Our Predatory Human Ways
iStock In today’s Sacramento Bee, my colleague Jennifer Fearing wrote a column questioning the outdated policies governing predator management that have dominated for too long. The public is fed up with unsporting and inhumane practices, as evidenced by the ban on hound hunting that passed . . .
Behind the Appealing Websites, Appalling Realities
Yesterday for the 13th time in the past two years, our Animal Rescue team deployed to North Carolina for a puppy mill rescue. Our team, with support from local animal welfare groups and law enforcement, rescued 58 small dogs. Most of them were in very bad . . .
Horse Meat on the American Dinner Plate?
Can horse meat find its way into the U.S. food supply? I would not be the least bit surprised if it does turn up, now that people are starting to look. The U.S. Department of Agriculture largely relies upon a self-reporting system that leaves us . . .
DOD and Combat Training — Limiting the Casualties
For years, the U.S. Department of Defense has intentionally hurt animals, including dogs, in order to simulate “battlefield wounds,” for the purpose of medical combat training for treatment of injured soldiers. Upon learning of these in-field “experiments” with animals, the public demanded change and better . . .
Wolves on the Brink
Earlier this month, filmmakers and photographers Jim and Jamie Dutcher released a deeply compelling book, The Hidden Life of Wolves, about these remarkable but beleaguered American predators. The Dutchers are drawing standing room only and slack-jawed crowds wherever they’ve appeared, sharing their stunning images and educating . . .
Widening Horse Meat Scandal Prompts Action in the EU
The revelations about horse meat masquerading as beef products represent one of the biggest food scandals in recent years. It’s of keen interest to The HSUS and Humane Society International because we’ve been warning European authorities of the dirty deeds of the horse meat industry. While there . . .
A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing
“What are the alternatives to using animals in medical research?” This is a legitimate question I am often asked, and now, due to scientific innovation and increasing evidence of the shortcomings of animal research, it is becoming easier to answer. A newly published scientific paper . . .
A Tribute To A Comrade: Pat Derby
It is an axiom that people once involved in practices or industries that cause harm to animals, and who then see the light and join the humane movement, have emerged as some of the most influential of advocates. It’s by that route that Pat Derby, . . .
Vets: Reporting for Duty
At The Humane Society of the United States, we have assembled a highly qualified professional staff, with different types of expertise and experience, to conduct the vital work of animal protection. Among these experts, we are blessed to have a growing cohort of veterinarians . . .
Eighty Dogs Rescued from Alleged Dogfighting Operation
Eighty dogs are finally free. During the course of a two-year-long investigation into narcotics trafficking, authorities in northeastern North Carolina fell upon a major dogfighting operation. In the end, authorities seized dozens of dogs and arrested two alleged perpetrators. Pasquotank County Sheriff’s OfficeOne of 80 dogs . . .
NBC Today Show Puts Spotlight on Pet Adoption
The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative public service advertising campaign between The HSUS and Maddie’s Fund, and the leading producer of PSAs, the Ad Council, has partnered with NBC’s TODAY Show for a series of television ads featuring TODAY’s anchors advocating on behalf of four . . .
Message to Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Future in Horse Slaughter Business
Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS/FFA Oklahoma was one of the last states to outlaw cockfighting (a feat finally accomplished thanks to an HSUS ballot initiative there about a decade ago), but it was one of the first states to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption. . . .