Archive for May, 2015

Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

A group of senior Republicans and Democrats, including key members of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced the nation’s first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill – the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The PACT Act (H.R. 2293) would empower the Federal Bureau of Investigation . . . 

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Federal Govt., States Need to Act Now to Restrict Ivory Trade

By on May 12, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Govt., States Need to Act Now to Restrict Ivory Trade

The New Yorker this week has a chilling story from writer Peter Canby about the poaching of forest elephants in the Central African Republic. Canby notes that “a report in the online journal PLOS ONE found that, between 2002 and 2011, the number of forest elephants declined by . . . 

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Animal Protection Winning Converts Left and Right

By on May 11, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Protection Winning Converts Left and Right

Even amidst so many problems and so much cruelty, there are countless markers of change for the better for animals in our society. Aramark’s announcement a little more than a week ago that it will require its suppliers to observe more humane standards is a sign . . . 

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Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Today, we received more exciting news for our farm animal protection efforts: the Obama Administration released a proposed rule banning the slaughter of downer calves – juvenile animals too sick or injured or weakened to walk. This long-awaited proposal is the direct result of a . . . 

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Soaring Spaniels, Whirring Whippets, and High-Flying West Highland Terriers

By on May 7, 2015 in Companion Animals with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Soaring Spaniels, Whirring Whippets, and High-Flying West Highland Terriers

Our new video, showing puppies being delivered right to your home, compliments of high-flying drones, is causing people to skip a breath. It straddles the line between the absurd and the plausible. We live in a world where Amazon is already experimenting with drone deliveries, . . . 

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Finding Solutions for Wolves in the Great Lakes

Finding Solutions for Wolves in the Great Lakes

There are just three wolves surviving at Isle Royale National Park, an island ecosystem and World Heritage site locked within Lake Superior in Michigan. That’s down from 50 some years ago, and the surviving three wolves show signs of inbreeding. Since the wolves have all but . . . 

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Time Running Out for Class B Dog Dealers

By on May 5, 2015 in Animal Research and Testing, Companion Animals with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time Running Out for Class B Dog Dealers

Today we received more encouraging news in our fight to stop the abominable trade by Class B random source dealers, who round up dogs and cats from flea markets, shelters, auctions, and even the backyards of unsuspecting owners and funnel them to research institutions to . . . 

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The Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills (Act III)

By on May 4, 2015 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 19 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills (Act III)

If a pet owner left her dog to freeze to death outside in the cold, or allowed an animal’s collar to become so embedded that the dog had a bleeding neck wound, or shot a dog simply because the animal couldn’t produce puppies, they’d rightly . . . 

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HSI Brings Much-Needed Help to Animals in Nepal

HSI Brings Much-Needed Help to Animals in Nepal

This week, a team of veterinarians and disaster relief experts from Humane Society International — armed with medicines, vaccines, surgical equipment, and other supplies — touched down in Nepal, the mountainous nation most famous for its sherpas and high-altitude mountain climbing. Nepal was horribly shaken . . . 

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