Archive for 2013

Cruelty Connections

By on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cruelty Connections

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 . . . 

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Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

By on September 24, 2013 in Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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No Time to Throw Up White Flag for White Rhinos and Other Imperiled Creatures

By on September 23, 2013 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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. . . . 

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Snakes on Planes, in Garages, and Everywhere Else

By on September 20, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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, . . . 

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What’s Possible for Possums, Best for Beavers, and Good for Gophers

By on September 19, 2013 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Putting the Override Effort in Overdrive

By on September 17, 2013 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Helping Animals Weather the Rain and Political Storms

By on September 16, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Talk Back: New Rule the Beginning of Efforts to Crack Down on Puppy Mills

By on September 13, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Are We Herding and Hurting Cats?

By on September 12, 2013 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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States Take Steps to Prevent Zombie Deer and Poisoned Condors

By on September 11, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today. This change, a long-held aspiration for The . . . 

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USDA Moving at Full Speed…Backward

By on September 9, 2013 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA Moving at Full Speed…Backward

“Not small bits, but chunks.” That’s the amount of fecal matter that ends up on carcasses from a New Zealand slaughter plant that exports to the United States, according to the head of the inspectors’ union. The company that owns the plant is responsible for . . . 

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