Archive for 2013
Yesterday, in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a panel of three federal judges heard argument from a Chinese-American business association and from other shark-finning interests that a California law to ban the sale and possession of shark fins – which passed the state legislature . . .
If you care about farm animals in Iowa, there is, unfortunately, no shortage of high-profile, high-impact matters that would benefit from citizen activism there. For example, with Congress in recess and lawmakers back home in their districts, we are working to defeat the amendment from . . .
The mid-day rush of clients and their dogs and cats had just passed last Monday when members of the intake team from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services clinic peered out the door of the community gymnasium and saw a medium-sized brown . . .
I’m in Lansing today—with leaders of Native American tribes, environmentalist, and local humane organizations—to announce a new referendum in Michigan to protect wolves and other wildlife. This weekend, we barnstormed the state and talked to HSUS supporters, Audubon society members, hunters, and other concerned citizens . . .
For years, The HSUS warned Ohio policy makers about the madness of allowing private citizens to keep dangerous wild animals as pets. They ignored the issue, or what to me is more incriminating, they bowed to the influence and pressure of the rowdy band of . . .
Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission handed down a final decision on a false advertising and labeling petition filed by The HSUS: for the next 20 years Neiman Marcus and two smaller retailers (DrJays.com and RevolveClothing.com) will be on a short leash when it . . .
You probably heard the news that SeaWorld recently hired a big-league PR firm to try and counter the bad publicity resulting from the movie expose “Blackfish.” Well, let me say that SeaWorld’s image troubles cannot be addressed in their entirety by throwing money at public . . .
Sergey Brin, the Google founder, innovator, and billionaire, craved a burger, but wanted to hold the suffering and the slaughter. Yesterday, the news broke that Brin – a primary driver in one of the most revolutionary developments in the modern era, developing new ways of aggregating . . .
As members of Congress leave Washington today and return to their districts for the August recess, opposition to the Farm Bill amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is swelling. The King amendment is a sort of legislative kudzu, so invasive and dangerous it could . . .
I am always inspired and empowered by the devotion of advocates who fight for animals. One day it may be volunteers who are helping to prevent the needless trophy hunting of wolves, another day it may be grassroots organizing to ban horse slaughter. Today, I . . .
We are making steady progress in our campaign to crack down on trainers and owners who injure the feet and legs of Tennessee walking horses to induce an unnatural, high-stepping gait in the show ring. Yesterday, a federal court in Texas rejected a legal claim . . .
I thought Nicholas Kristof was right on point yesterday in his wide-ranging column about animal protection as a critical moral question in our society. We will indeed look back on our time, as Kristof says, and wonder how we could have been so callous and cruel . . .