Archive for April, 2014
This week, we got one step closer by making dogfighting an explicit crime in Costa Rica. The new legislation, sent to the president for her signature, prohibits the reproduction of material related to dogfighting training and the import, creation, purchase, and sale of dogfighting training equipment. Lawmakers at the national level voted unanimously to create a much stronger battery of laws criminalizing dogfighting
Our movement has made steady progress in reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in shelters. In the mid-1970s, the nation was euthanizing about 15 million dogs and cats each year, and that number is now down to three million, thanks to aggressive promotion of pet adoption, spay and neuter and pet retention programs. It’s still three million too many, and The HSUS is committed to getting that number down to zero for healthy and treatable animals.
HSI and its partners are helping to change the way people in China view – and treat – animals. The work of those involved with animal welfare in China spans areas ranging from wildlife issues to protecting companion animals, farm animals and animals used in laboratories.
In today’s video blog, I address the rapid spread of local ordinances, including the latest gains in the city of Chicago and also in Cook County, Ill., restricting pet stores from selling puppy mill dogs – all a consequence of the industry having failed to develop and implement a strong set of minimum care standards.
The HSUS’ 2013 annual report provides the most comprehensive overview of our work. As you’ll see, we continued to make gains in all of the areas where we made major investments, and we fortified the financial position of the organization in a meaningful way.
With 24 litigators on staff—aided by a network of over 1,000 pro bono lawyers from the nation’s top law firms—The HSUS’ legal team is working like never before to help all animals, on both the domestic and international stages, and to bring new levels of firepower to protecting animals.
Whalers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have decided to stop hunting whales and instead join the whale watching industry as an alternative. This is the latest in a cascade of decisions and actions that are bringing us considerably closer to the end of whaling on our planet.
Arcos Dorados–the largest operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee—has demonstrated its commitment to improving animal welfare by introducing a new requirement for its pork suppliers to document plans to limit gestation crate use and promote group housing for sows within the next two years. The result applies to 20 Latin American countries, including Brazil and Mexico (two of the company’s largest markets).