Archive for February, 2015

The HSUS in 2014: Program Gains, Fiscal Health

The HSUS in 2014: Program Gains, Fiscal Health

The year 2014 was not just our strongest year ever when it came to tangible progress and our accomplishments for animals; it was also our biggest year in terms of public support  – which, in a mass membership organization like ours, reflects popular support for . . . 

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Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

By on February 9, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 36 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

Last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) cheered the reintroduction of a grab bag of measures related to guns and hunting, with the innocuous-sounding designation of a “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.” While a good number of the provisions are benign, and a few even . . . 

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Enlisting Farmers in the Cause of Animal Welfare

By on February 6, 2015 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Enlisting Farmers in the Cause of Animal Welfare

I was pleased to be the keynote speaker on Friday morning in Omaha at the annual conference of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, a non-profit organization consisting largely of farmers concerned about the future of agriculture. It was an honor to be invited to address . . . 

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Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent tens of millions of dollars on animal experiments designed to increase reproductive rates of deer on captive hunting facilities – to benefit private operators who offer up deer in a guaranteed kill arrangement. In the process, . . . 

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News Break: Court Ruling Favors Prop 2 – Again

By on February 4, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
News Break: Court Ruling Favors Prop 2 – Again

Editor’s note: The following blog post has been updated to include a correction in the third paragraph. I’m excited to share with you breaking news from California: a federal appeals court has upheld Prop 2, California’s new law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens, . . . 

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Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

We live in a nation where animals are used for food, fashion and clothing, entertainment, research, and in wildlife-associated recreation – in both harmful and benign ways – to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce. The pork industry alone – which kills more than . . . 

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Euthanizing Healthy Pets Is a Scandal, Says Bellamy Young

By on February 2, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Euthanizing Healthy Pets Is a Scandal, Says Bellamy Young

One of the latest HSUS supporters to show her shelter pet love is Bellamy Young of ABC’s Scandal, who appears with her dog Bean and her cat Sadie in a lovely new video reminding folks just how wonderful shelter animals can be as companions, and . . . 

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