Archive for June, 2013

USDA Approves Horse Slaughter, Despite Overwhelming Opposition

By on June 28, 2013 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA Approves Horse Slaughter, Despite Overwhelming Opposition

Today, in a mystifying and infuriating decision, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted an inspection permit to a discredited horse slaughter plant operator in New Mexico, bringing the nation closer to its first horse slaughter operation since federal courts and state lawmakers shuttered the last . . . 

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Gopher Tortoises Rescued in Florida

By on June 27, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Gopher Tortoises Rescued in Florida

The HSUS and its affiliates provide more direct care for animals than any other animal welfare group, and it does so through a remarkable array of hands-on programs. In 2012, we provided direct care for more than 100,000 animals. We care for animals through the . . . 

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History Is Made for Chimpanzees in Laboratories

By on June 26, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
History Is Made for Chimpanzees in Laboratories

These are the most exciting of times for everyone paying attention to The HSUS’ campaign to end the use of chimpanzees in invasive, harmful experiments. On the heels of a groundbreaking proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list all chimpanzees as endangered . . . 

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Independent Reports Highlight Problem with Federal Programs Related to Animal Treatment, Enforcement

Independent Reports Highlight Problem with Federal Programs Related to Animal Treatment, Enforcement

We’ve seen some positive action from the federal executive agencies lately – for example, a Department of the Interior proposed listing of all chimpanzees as endangered, and a favorable U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement to close a loophole dealing with downer cows. We’ve also seen some . . . 

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The Beagle Has Landed

By on June 24, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Beagle Has Landed

There’s a dog in my office, and she’s not a foster pet or a visitor. I adopted her on Saturday, and now she’s a cling-on. And Lisa and I are very happy about it. Spying a potential opportunity at a fire hydrant inMiddleburg, Virginia. She’s . . . 

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Dogs at Work

By on June 21, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dogs at Work

Dogs are on my mind even more than usual these days. That’s because I am dog shopping this weekend.  Not through a pet store or an Internet seller, but with a local rescue group here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. My guess is, there’s . . . 

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The King (Amendment) Is Dead. Long Live the Animals

By on June 20, 2013 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The King (Amendment) Is Dead. Long Live the Animals

Today, in an unprecedented outcome in the history of congressional action on the Farm Bill, the full House rejected the bill advanced to the floor by House leadership. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations opposed the bloated, regressive potpourri of agriculture-related measures for a . . . 

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House Leaders Block Series of Animal Welfare Votes

By on June 19, 2013 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
House Leaders Block Series of Animal Welfare Votes

Look at the history of any social reform movement, and you’ll see heroes who led the way. Yet the historical record is also peppered with people who did the opposite, blocking progress by any means they could muster. Those leaders and those obstructionists also did their handiwork in . . . 

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Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

By on June 17, 2013 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

On Friday, the California-based Santa Rosa Press Democrat published an editorial calling out the hypocrisy of the Farm Bill amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, “who will enthusiastically tell you that Washington meddles too much in state and local affairs. Until he disagrees with . . . 

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Some Broad Thoughts on Our Movement

By on June 14, 2013 in Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Some Broad Thoughts on Our Movement

The work of The HSUS is grounded on a couple of core principles: animals have the capacity to suffer, and we humans have the capacity to help them. We hold all the power over animals and our choices and conduct have enormous consequences for them. And it’s . . . 

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