Archive for 2013

Polar Bears Denied Protection at CITES

By on March 8, 2013 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Polar Bears Denied Protection at CITES

Yesterday, at the United Nations conference on wildlife trade in Bangkok, a proposal from the United States and Russia to crack down on international commercial trade in hides and other polar bear body parts went down to defeat, with 38 nations favoring the proposal and . . . 

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LA School District Embraces Meatless Mondays

By on March 6, 2013 in Humane Society International with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
LA School District Embraces Meatless Mondays

The second largest school district in the United States has decided, just months after the city of Los Angeles passed a resolution on the topic, to join the Meatless Monday movement. In the wake of discussions with The HSUS, the Los Angeles Unified School District . . . 

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Lab Chimps Taste Freedom

By on March 5, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lab Chimps Taste Freedom

Chad Sisneros/The HSUS We’ve made remarkable strides in recent months toward our goal of ending invasive chimpanzee research and retiring chimps to appropriate sanctuaries. In January, a National Institutes of Health working group tasked with examining the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded research made sweeping . . . 

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Past Due to Deal with Puppy Mills Selling Over Internet

By on March 4, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Past Due to Deal with Puppy Mills Selling Over Internet

I’ve published a number of moving rescue stories on this blog, including last week’s account of our North Carolina puppy mill rescue of 58 dogs, who were in terrible shape. But I want to leaven the images of suffering dogs by featuring a few dogs . . . 

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Horse Meat Talk Back: Daily Deception and Callous Cruelty

By on March 1, 2013 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Meat Talk Back: Daily Deception and Callous Cruelty

Today, Taco Bell became the latest European food retailer to be linked to the horse meat scandal. It has now affected some of the biggest brand names in food, and touched a dozen countries. With Europe still roiled by the controversy, I did not expect to . . . 

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Our Predatory Human Ways

By on February 28, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Behind the Appealing Websites, Appalling Realities

By on February 27, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Horse Meat on the American Dinner Plate?

By on February 26, 2013 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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DOD and Combat Training — Limiting the Casualties

By on February 25, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing, Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Wolves on the Brink

By on February 22, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Widening Horse Meat Scandal Prompts Action in the EU

By on February 21, 2013 in Equine with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing

By on February 20, 2013 in Animal Research and Testing with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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