Archive for May, 2014
There Oughta Be a Law – for Animals
Every decent person should be mindful of animals, and we should live in a way that reflects a conscious concern for them. But unfortunately, there are outliers in our society — people who know few or no limits when it comes to their mistreatment of . . .
Horse Sense, Not Slaughter
Late this morning, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to the 2015 agriculture spending bill, to bar U.S. Department of Agriculture funding of horse slaughter plants in the United States, by a bipartisan vote of 28-22. The Senate . . .
Tip of the Hat to the Mahatma
On Saturday, May 31st, I will be in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the unveiling of a life-size statue of a great leader who made an indelible contribution to, among many urgent causes, animal protection – the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation of India. . . .
Digging Up Dirt – to Expose Cruelty, and to Help Tortoises
Last week in Florida, we hosted a remarkable HSUS Animal Care Expo – a signature event held principally for animal care professionals throughout the nation. Nicole Paquette, Vice President of Wildlife Protection for The HSUS, holds a gopher tortoise rescued at a construction site in . . .
Jackson Galaxy and the Hero Cat
Last week, I previewed for readers that Jackson Galaxy, the colorful host of My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, was to be a keynote speaker at the opening session of the HSUS Animal Care Expo. The event this week attracted animal advocates from 40 countries . . .
World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts
The World Trade Organization today issued a final decision in its ruling to the inhumane global seal trade, and gave a precedent-setting boost to our domestic and international efforts to prevent animal abuse. The international body that sets the rules of the road on global trade . . .
The Pet Offensive – New Strategies to Combat Puppy Mills
At The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, the largest animal protection conference in the nation, I announced yesterday that Maddie’s Fund has pledged $4 million to The HSUS, over three years, to conduct an online campaign against puppy mills. The campaign will focus on discouraging people . . .
I Want You for the (H.S.)U.S. Army
For much of this week, I’ll be in Daytona Beach, Florida, for The HSUS’s Animal Care Expo, the nation’s biggest animal protection conference. Leaders and advocates from across the nation will come together to accomplish many good things, not the least of which is to . . .
Jackson Galaxy and Cats From Other Universes
Jackson Galaxy will deliver the keynote address at the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Daytona Beach. In advance of the Expo I spoke with Jackson about cat behaviorists, troubleshooting cat problems, community cats, and the Animal Care Expo:
Ringling Brothers Should Put Money Where Mouth Is
I’ve always hated what traveling circuses do to elephants. I went to the circus as a kid, and wondered what the lives of the elephants were like, and knew it couldn’t be good. I started my personal boycott at a young age, and I let . . .
The “Big Lick”: Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?
Today, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act reached a new threshold of Congressional support. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., became the 100th House Republican cosponsor of H.R. 1518. There are also 176 House Democrat cosponsors, making a grand total of 276 as of now. The Senate bill, which has already passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has the bipartisan support of 52 cosponsors.
Animal Welfare Monsoon in India
About 18 months ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the headliner for the official launch of Humane Society International – India, at a jam-packed event in Mumbai. Since that time, under the leadership of HSI-India director N.G. Jayasimha, our Asian director Rahul Sehgal and . . .