Archive for September, 2013
What Don’t They Get About “All Animals”?
Today, The HSUS has a full-page advertisement in the Santa Barbara News-Press urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB 711, a bill to require the use of non-lead ammunition in sport-hunting. With steel, copper, and other forms of less toxic ammunition widely available to . . .
Press Platforms Spread Awareness on Finning, Confining, and Head Hunting
Today, some updates on major media columns and news stories drawing attention to urgent issues for animals. First, I hope you’ll take a look at a column from me published in today’s Washington Post about shark finning. Specifically, it calls attention to proposed regulations from . . .
I often say that when you do bad things to animals, or promote bad policies toward them, you can expect major adverse effects for the whole of society. In recent days, we learned about the horror of al-Shabab mowing down innocent civilians at a mall . . .
Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait
Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the . . .
No Time to Throw Up White Flag for White Rhinos and Other Imperiled Creatures
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the southern white rhinoceros as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, a major volley in its high profile campaign to crack down on rapacious, cruel, and unsustainable poaching aimed at rhinos and elephants in Africa and Asia. . . .
Snakes on Planes, in Garages, and Everywhere Else
A New York area animal control officer, under investigation for workers’ compensation fraud, attracted headlines on Thursday after law enforcement discovered that he had 850 snakes, including Burmese pythons, in his garage. Richard Parrinello was selling pythons and boa constrictors as pets over the Internet, . . .
What’s Possible for Possums, Best for Beavers, and Good for Gophers
In a blog I posted earlier this year, I wrote that: 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 . . .
Putting the Override Effort in Overdrive
It’s been a remarkable 18-month period when it comes to the movement to combat the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms. The public, major food retailers, numerous producers, and so many lawmakers have turned against the idea of allowing immobilization of animals as a . . .
Helping Animals Weather the Rain and Political Storms
The HSUS responds to natural disasters and human-caused crises for animals – whether hurricanes, tornadoes, puppy mills or hoarding cases – to help dogs, cats, horses and other animals at risk. But our range of motion is wider than you may think, in terms of . . .
Talk Back: New Rule the Beginning of Efforts to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
Earlier this year, The HSUS and local authorities removed 58 dogs from Royal Acres Kennel in North Carolina. The animals we found there included blind and paralyzed dogs; dogs with dental decay so severe that several of their jaws were disintegrated and they could no . . .
Are We Herding and Hurting Cats?
Every now and then our movement has an “aha” moment – when new information emerges or new thinking causes us to question long-held assumptions, or even how we approach the complex challenges facing animals in our society. We had one such moment at The HSUS . . .
States Take Steps to Prevent Zombie Deer and Poisoned Condors
In recent days, decision-makers in two of our largest states gave the thumbs-up to critical policies designed to prevent the incidental death and destruction of wildlife – one, in California, to stop the random, mass poisoning of wildlife by phasing out the dispersal of lead . . .