Archive for June, 2015
At Long Last, All Chimpanzees, Including Captive Animals, to Get Strongest Protections Under the Endangered Species Act
EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » Today, in a tremendous and long-awaited advance, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will . . .
Congressional Spending Bill Contains Trove of Anti-Elephant, Anti-Wolf, and Other Anti-Animal Riders
It’s hard to know where to begin in dissecting, and panning, the Interior Department spending bill released yesterday by a House appropriations subcommittee – a truly awful jumble of the worst anti-animal riders that any small group of lawmakers could assemble in one legislative package. . . .
You have to wonder what the perpetrators of animal cruelty have in their heads when they brazenly conduct their cruel and illegal actions – often in broad daylight. Earlier this week, HSUS staff and county law enforcement officers shuttered a den of animal cruelty. Together, . . .
My colleague Paul Shapiro and I just completed a press conference exposing repugnant treatment of hens at a major egg supplier to Costco—the nation’s second-largest grocery retailer. At the factory farm in question – a notorious egg producer called Hillandale, which was previously implicated in . . .
China Promises an End to Its Ivory Trade, While Some U.S. Politicians Pander to Wildlife Traffickers
This weekend, The Washington Post’s Simon Denyer reports that the communist government of China will crack down on the trade in elephant ivory, and potentially close off the world’s biggest market for the product. Yet, here in the United States, a number of lawmakers in . . .
In the run-up to the Belmont Stakes tomorrow, I participated in a discussion yesterday on public radio about the rampant doping of racehorses and the need for reform within an industry that has failed to take responsibility for its problems and runs through its athletes . . .
I often say in our movement, at this stage of its development, it’s three steps forward and one step back – which is unmistakable progress. Yesterday we took one step back with North Carolina Republican lawmakers overriding the veto of the Republican governor on an overreaching . . .
Update: Unfortunately North Carolina Republicans kowtowed to the state’s factory farms and voted today to override the governor and pass HB 405 into law. This law turns whistleblowers into criminals, while protecting corporations and people who do terrible things to animals and even vulnerable people. . . .
I am so pleased to announce today that two sons of the Midwest, both respected former U.S. senators and decorated veterans who sacrificed for their country, have joined The HSUS as Special Advisors: Kansas Republican Bob Dole and Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey. Both men, so . . .
Something bizarre, unfair, and ugly happened in Springfield yesterday. The Illinois House of Representatives yesterday fell five votes short of a constitutional majority and rightly rejected a bill, HB 352, to reverse the state’s 42-year ban on commercial trapping and sport hunting of bobcats – . . .