Archive for 2013

A Reckoning of Sorts for Disgraced Walking Horse Trainer

By on July 10, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Reckoning of Sorts for Disgraced Walking Horse Trainer

HSUS undercover investigations have triggered a number of milestones in animal protection over the years – the first criminal prosecution of slaughterhouse workers, the largest meat recall in U.S. history, major corporate policy changes on gestation crates, shutdowns of rogue slaughter plants and stronger federal . . . 

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The Maine Event for Bears

The Maine Event for Bears

Last year members of The HSUS and other animal welfare and environmental organizations convinced state lawmakers in California to pass legislation to ban hound hunting of bears. It’s been a major issue in Maine as well, and this year, our allies in the Maine legislature . . . 

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The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

I often say there are bad outcomes all around when humans are bad to animals. When we at The HSUS work with law enforcement on raids of dogfights and cockfights, we often find other criminal behavior is taking place in these situations, like narcotics trafficking . . . 

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Evaluating The HSUS

Evaluating The HSUS

I am pleased to report to you that Charity Navigator, one of the most recognized charity watchdog organizations, just posted its annual rating of The HSUS (specifically its finances and governance), and again gave us the highest rating of four stars. While we certainly do . . . 

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July 4th Celebrations, Admonitions

By on July 3, 2013 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
July 4th Celebrations, Admonitions

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and it’s a cause for celebration. Standard features of that celebration involve getting together with family or friends and watching thunderous displays of fireworks. Many of us will be awed by the sounds and surprising light patterns . . . 

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Problems with USDA Oversight at Slaughter Plants

By on July 2, 2013 in Equine, Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Problems with USDA Oversight at Slaughter Plants

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike McGraw of the Kansas City Star wrote a front-page story this past weekend about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s failure to consistently enforce federal animal welfare laws at slaughter plants, particularly for pigs. In addition to recounting details of a recent . . . 

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India Makes Move on Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

India Makes Move on Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

At The HSUS and HSI, we are pushing for the application of 21st century science in support of a vision in which cell cultures, “organs on a chip,” and other methods substitute for the use of animals in harmful and often deadly tests. In addition . . . 

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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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