Archive for April, 2015

Breaking News: Largest U.S. Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

By on April 30, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 91 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Largest U.S. Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

At the gathering of The HSUS’s Board of Directors and National Council this past weekend in Philadelphia, it was impossible not to notice perhaps the tallest and most recognizable building on the city skyline from the broad window of our meeting room. This skyscraper is . . . 

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Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

By on April 29, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

It’s been a busy week in the states for animals. Yesterday, a key California Senate committee approved a ban on bullhooks, as the wake from last month’s Ringling Bros. announcement to retire its traveling elephant acts continues to be felt. Also on elephants, the Oregon . . . 

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PAST Needed for a Future Without Horse Cruelty

By on April 28, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 20 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
PAST Needed for a Future Without Horse Cruelty

Soring and other forms of mistreatment of Tennessee Walking Horses are still rampant, and that’s why it’s so crucial that today a strong, diverse group of Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act. Less than two weeks ago, the Giles . . . 

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Factory Farming Incubating Bird Flu, Compounding Misery

By on April 24, 2015 in Farm Animals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Factory Farming Incubating Bird Flu, Compounding Misery

Bird flu has infiltrated some of the nation’s poultry flocks, leaving behind illness and death in its wake and an animal health crisis so severe that Minnesota’s governor has declared a state of emergency. Federal and state officials, in an effort to contain its spread, . . . 

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The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

Today, we officially release our 2014 annual report, in print and electronic form. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of problem areas. Below, I’ve reproduced most of my President’s essay in the report to give . . . 

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Remember, There’s Only One Earth

Remember, There’s Only One Earth

Earth Day is a reminder for all of us that we humans, and all animals, depend on a healthy planet to survive. While we have the capacity to damage and destroy the planet and the life that it and the sun sustain, we also have . . . 

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In Long Campaign, Tennessee Finally Combats Cockfighting

By on April 21, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
In Long Campaign, Tennessee Finally Combats Cockfighting

By commanding votes, of 90–2 in the House and 24–1 in the Senate, Tennessee lawmakers last night placed a bill on Governor Bill Haslam’s desk to crack down on the horrid practice of animal fighting, by making it a class A misdemeanor to attend a . . . 

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Monkey Business at Labs and Roadside Zoos Must End

Monkey Business at Labs and Roadside Zoos Must End

HSUS undercover investigations have revealed primates in psychological distress at research facilities and roadside zoos, and it’s time to do something comprehensive about the problem. Today, we submitted a legal petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to provide regulatory guidance directing . . . 

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Humane Hurricane Hits Puerto Rico

By on April 17, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Humane Society International with 66 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Humane Hurricane Hits Puerto Rico

If you knew that there were tens of thousands of street dogs roaming a jurisdiction in the United States and a 95 percent euthanasia rate for the dogs and cats entering the shelters in the area, what would you do? Well, that is the reality . . . 

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Time for FTC to Crack Down on Retailers Peddling Real Fur as Faux

By on April 16, 2015 in Investigations, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time for FTC to Crack Down on Retailers Peddling Real Fur as Faux

Following prior investigations by The HSUS, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Neiman Marcus in 2013 to stop falsely advertising animal fur as “faux”, or be subject to serious civil penalties. And yet, as recently as Tuesday, Neiman Marcus was still at it. We have . . . 

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Major Seal Buyer Says No Mas to More Seal Pelts

By on April 15, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 40 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Major Seal Buyer Says No Mas to More Seal Pelts

Yesterday Carino Processing Ltd – Canada’s oldest and largest seal fur buyer – stated that the company has turned down $1 million in government funding for seal pelt purchases, noting that it already has pelts in storage that it cannot sell. This is a very . . . 

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Ex-d-Con: Getting Poisons Off the Market

By on April 14, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Ex-d-Con: Getting Poisons Off the Market

Today, I want to celebrate the removal from the marketplace of one of the most toxic, indiscriminate, and dangerous rat and mouse poisons. On April 1, Reckitt Benckiser Inc., the manufacturer of d-Con brand mouse and rat poisons – and the sole holdout against U.S. Environmental Protection . . . 

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