Archive for March, 2015

Gamecock Raid in Gamecock State

By on March 31, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Gamecock Raid in Gamecock State

As they broke up an active cockfight this weekend in South Carolina, members of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team and local law enforcement came upon some horrific circumstances. Four birds had just been pulled from the pit, suffering grievous injuries inflicted by sharp knives strapped . . . 

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Gulf Coast Transformation Gains Even More Momentum

By on March 30, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Gulf Coast Transformation Gains Even More Momentum

Today, at a jam-packed Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, The HSUS announced $1 million in grants to animal welfare groups, prisons, and vet schools to advance life-saving programs for pets in the Gulf Coast. The announcement is one part of our bigger, week-long, 10-year . . . 

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Animal Welfare is Brewin’ at Dunkin’ Donuts

By on March 30, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Welfare is Brewin’ at Dunkin’ Donuts

I’m excited to share with you another big step away from the cruelty of cage confinement of hens. Dunkin’ Donuts, one of the world’s top fast-food chains, is exploring the feasibility of transitioning to cage-free eggs globally for use in all of its food products. . . . 

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The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife made two important announcements about trophy hunting. The good news is that the Service extended a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, where an autocratic ruler has made a mess of the resource-rich nation’s wildlife management . . . 

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Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Without much of anybody but The HSUS and the participants in the case noticing, we gained a major victory this week in our decades-long quest to assert and defend the federal government’s right to crack down on animal abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court elected not to . . . 

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American Sniper – Humane Society style

By on March 25, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
American Sniper – Humane Society style

Today, I am in Hastings-on-Hudson, a bedroom community about a half hour north of New York City, on a deer hunt. The weapon of choice is a dart gun, and it’s one of the key tools in our collaborative experiment  with the town to vaccinate . . . 

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Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Shark finning, as is customarily done, requires that a fishermen haul a shark from the ocean, slice its fin off, and then throw the rest of the shark – often still alive – back into the ocean. This leaves the shark not only with gaping, . . . 

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The Sparrow Fund – A Lifeline for Those in Greatest Need

By on March 23, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Sparrow Fund – A Lifeline for Those in Greatest Need

Clayton Van Wert was throwing out trash at a dump site on the edge of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota last month when he heard whimpering and banging coming from a burning dumpster nearby. “I looked in and I could see this figure . . . 

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The South Korean 57 – Delivered From the Clutches of the Dog Meat Trade

The South Korean 57 – Delivered From the Clutches of the Dog Meat Trade

This week, we turned around the fortunes of 57 dogs set to be butchered after a short, brutish life on a dog meat farm in South Korea, and shepherded them to the United States. They’ll be treated and cared for at the East Bay SPCA, . . . 

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New Orleans Convention to Show How Katrina Changed Disaster Planning for the Nation

By on March 19, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New Orleans Convention to Show How Katrina Changed Disaster Planning for the Nation

On March 31, nearly 2,500 animal welfare experts and other enthusiasts from around the world will converge in New Orleans for our 24th HSUS Animal Care Expo, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for animal shelter and rescue professionals and advocates. This Animal . . . 

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Major Companies Showing the Way on Animal Protection

Major Companies Showing the Way on Animal Protection

In addressing issues ranging from the humane treatment of animals raised for food to curbing the trade in shark fins to moving away from puppy mills and toward shelter pet adoption, Nestlé, Starbucks, Target, Jet Airways, and Alsip Home & Nursery are the winners in . . . 

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Evangelical Leader Says Bible Calls Us to Show Animals ‘Respect and Humane Treatment’

By on March 17, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Evangelical Leader Says Bible Calls Us to Show Animals ‘Respect and Humane Treatment’

I was struck by a powerful exposition from Barrett Duke, Ph.D., vice president of public policy for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. In his recently posted paper, titled “10 Biblical Truths About Animals,” Dr. Duke tells us “God created . . . 

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