Archive for 2013

Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat

By on April 29, 2013 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Inside the Slaughterhouse: My Interview with Timothy Pachirat

Early Saturday morning, the Indiana Legislature adjourned without passing an onerous and far-reaching ag-gag bill. It was an important stymying of a bill that was an affront to farm animal welfare and the First Amendment. The Senate had cleared the bill by a vote of . . . 

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Putting An End to Shelter Gas Chambers

By on April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Putting An End to Shelter Gas Chambers

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the closing of the last Mississippi carbon monoxide gas chamber, thanks in large part to the determined efforts of HSUS state director Lydia Sattler. This week we are excited to pass along other success stories – this time the . . . 

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Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

By on April 25, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

The more light that’s shed on the “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee walking horse industry, the clearer it becomes that Congress must upgrade the original language in the Horse Protection Act to deter the criminal abuse that is inflicted on the horses involved, and . . . 

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Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

By on April 24, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

For weeks, my colleagues and I have been sounding the alarm about a spreading threat to the animal protection movement nationwide and, more broadly, to transparency and free speech in our society – the introduction by state lawmakers of anti-whistleblower, or so-called ag-gag bills, in . . . 

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Majority of Spaniards Say No to Bullfighting

By on April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Majority of Spaniards Say No to Bullfighting

One of the fundamentals of our work is to set standards that make it a crime to engage in malicious cruelty to animals. The nations of the world should have a zero-tolerance policy for the torture of animals, and for specific types of torment like dogfighting, . . . 

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Celebrate Earth Day by Committing to Conscious Eating

By on April 22, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Celebrate Earth Day by Committing to Conscious Eating

Forty-three years ago to the day, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day – a day to raise awareness about the environment in the U.S. – and it’s now celebrated internationally in nearly 200 countries. It was a grassroots insurgency, with events in communities throughout . . . 

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Speak Up For Animals

By on April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Speak Up For Animals

Recently I wrote about two outrageous campaigns against animal protection. In the Michigan legislature, there’s a bill designed to derail our wolf protection referendum, to repeal a 2006 referendum that banned the target shooting of mourning doves, and to cede authority to allow hunting and . . . 

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Sochi Announces It Will Scuttle Stray Extermination Plan

By on April 18, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Humane Society International with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sochi Announces It Will Scuttle Stray Extermination Plan

One comment I often hear from HSUS supporters who have traveled abroad is about the sadness and helplessness they feel when confronted with homeless dogs scavenging for food, or simply pleading for a warm caress. The handling of free-roaming populations of street dogs and cats . . . 

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Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

By on April 18, 2013 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

In 2006, Michigan voters rejected the legislature’s plan to allow the target shooting of mourning doves, with 69 percent casting ballots in favor of maintaining the state’s century-long standard of protecting these gentle songbirds. Every county in the state – including the most Republican, rural . . . 

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Victory for Dolphins and the Dolphin-Safe Label

By on April 16, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Victory for Dolphins and the Dolphin-Safe Label

When I was a kid, the first broader animal protection issue that I connected with was the drowning of dolphins in massive tuna nets. I told my mom that I didn’t want to eat tuna if dolphins had to die. Little did I know that . . . 

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Crack Down on Horse Soring

By on April 15, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Legislation Introduced to Crack Down on Horse Soring

There’s been so much public condemnation of horse abusers since The HSUS released its jarring undercover video last year showing Hall of Fame Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell and his stewards intentionally injuring horses in order to create the “Big Lick” gait that wins . . . 

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China Making News on Animal Problems

China Making News on Animal Problems

China has four times as many people as the United States, even though the countries are about the same physical size. China has never had a philanthropic sector devoted to animal protection, so there’s been no long-term warming up of the people on the issue . . . 

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