Archive for May, 2014
Today, I offer my latest video blog, commenting on ag-gag proposals and how they are a threat to the advance of efforts to promote animal welfare, food safety, and transparency in animal agriculture in America. Some North Carolina legislators appear to be readying an ag-gag . . .
On May 6, the world lost a giant presence in the defense of animals and the environment, Farley Mowat. The Canadian author denounced some of the worst cruelties and abuses in the wildlife sector, rising to the defense of bears, seals, whales, and wolves, among other species.
Cockfighters are on the run, or better yet, in handcuffs, like never before. In recent days, there have been rescues in California, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, and there seems to be a new resolve among so many different law enforcement agencies nationwide . . .
Yesterday, the Michigan Board of Canvassers officially approved an HSUS-backed referendum to give voters an opportunity this November to take away the authority of the state Natural Resources Commission to reclassify “protected” species as “game” and to block future sport hunting and commercial trapping seasons . . .
The unconscionable slaying of 25 cats, whose bodies were found hanging from trees in Yonkers, New York, is a grim and grisly reminder of why it is so crucial to find the people who commit such acts and to bring them to justice. The HSUS trains local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel on investigating and prosecuting people who commit cruelty.
There are 101 horrific puppy mill stories highlighted in our annual report, “101 Puppy Mills,” that we release today for the start of The HSUS’ eighth annual Puppy Mill Action Week—where we spotlight harsh truths about puppy mills and the abuses of dogs occurring on a widespread scale within the pet industry.
The HSUS is calling on all 50 state wildlife agencies to adopt rules to prohibit drone-assisted hunting before this method of spotting wildlife and then chasing them down becomes the rage with people who’ve never contemplated the notion of hunting ethics. Drone hunting would allow hunters to use remote-controlled, camera-equipped aircraft to locate wildlife in order to shoot and kill them for sport.