Archive for February, 2014
Modern Family (Planning) for Animals
Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day (started by our affiliate the Doris Day Animal League) which involved more than 600 organizers in all 50 U.S. states, and almost 50 countries hosting events.
Shelter Pets Coming to a TV Screen Near You
Last week I visited the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore, where I participated in a national satellite radio and television media tour to publicize the launch of a new series of public service advertisements on behalf of The Shelter Pet Project campaign. The campaign is a . . .
The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring
Recently, a group of cockfighters made some noise in Kentucky, threatening to oust U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid because he voted in January for the Farm Bill, which included an HSUS-backed provision to make it a federal crime to attend or . . .
Discover Easy Ways to Help Animals
Editor’s note: Discover is discontinuing its affinity credit card programs with The HSUS and 13 other non-profit organizations, effective March 15, 2015. Please continue to support The HSUS through our other corporate partners. There are so many ways to help animals, such as volunteering for . . .
Cannibalism and the (Non-)Walking Dead
The HSUS’ latest undercover investigation, announced last night on nytimes.com by columnist Nicholas Kristof, revealed more than breeding sows in small crates, their bodies pock-marked by pressure sores and abrasions. This is our latest expose of the largely hidden horrors of the industrial pig industry – this one, at the aptly named Iron . . .
Give a Hoot About Wildlife
We have so many touches with animals in our lives, from pets in our communities to wildlife in our backyards or open spaces. When it comes to the animals we encounter in our daily doings, the first principle is “do no harm.” The HSUS and other . . .
Unfinished Business for Laying Hens
Now that the King amendment is dead, and President Obama’s signature is on the Farm Bill, discussion has turned to the fate of the federal legislation backed by The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers (UEP), along with a raft . . .
Helping Hands, Hired Hands
It’s nice to see so many signs of progress in our work, and Valentine’s Day week presented still more of them. We were so pleased to see Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy pledge to rescue a family of dogs he saw on the streets of . . .
A Killing in Copenhagen
Last Sunday’s public execution of Marius the giraffe and his feeding to the lions by witless leaders of the Copenhagen Zoo was grotesque in so many ways, and like the roundup and killing of dogs in Sochi, Russia, it has drawn worldwide scorn. Now, incredibly, . . .
Crushing the Ivory Trade in 2014?
The United States upped the ante yesterday in the global fight against wildlife trafficking when it unveiled its National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking. This initiative is designed to strengthen U.S. enforcement, reduce demand for wildlife products, and expand international cooperation to address the conservation . . .
Protect and Serve – Including the Animals
In recent years, there’s been a step-by-step fortifying of the legal framework against cruelty, with felony-level penalties adopted for dogfighting, cockfighting, and other extreme acts of violence against animals. In addition, every day there are more and more interventions against cruelty in dozens of communities . . .
Maximum Deception from Berman
The New York Times, in a front page story, peeled back a layer or two of Rick Berman’s attempts to deceive the American public about his for-profit ventures on behalf of corporations working against the public interest. The story, from reporter Eric Lipton, exposed Berman’s . . .