Archive for June, 2015

At Long Last, All Chimpanzees, Including Captive Animals, to Get Strongest Protections Under the Endangered Species Act

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 . . . 

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Congressional Spending Bill Contains Trove of Anti-Elephant, Anti-Wolf, and Other Anti-Animal Riders

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. . . . 

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Cockfighting Bust in Maryland Just the Latest of HSUS On-the-Ground Interventions for Animals

By on June 10, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cockfighting Bust in Maryland Just the Latest of HSUS On-the-Ground Interventions for Animals

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, . . . 

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Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

By on June 9, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Investigations with 55 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

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 . . . 

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China Promises an End to Its Ivory Trade, While Some U.S. Politicians Pander to Wildlife Traffickers

By on June 8, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Horse Sense Needed to End Doping in Horse Racing

By on June 5, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Sense Needed to End Doping in Horse Racing

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 . . . 

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Brazil Meat Processing Giant Says It Will Go Crate Free

By on June 4, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Humane Society International with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Brazil Meat Processing Giant Says It Will Go Crate Free

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 . . . 

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Big Ag Trying to Override Veto of N.C. Ag-Gag Measure

Big Ag Trying to Override Veto of N.C. Ag-Gag Measure

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. . . . 

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Bob Dole, Bob Kerrey Call on Congress to Embrace Animal Welfare Agenda

Bob Dole, Bob Kerrey Call on Congress to Embrace Animal Welfare Agenda

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 . . . 

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In the Land of Lincoln, Lawmakers Smear North American Bobcat

In the Land of Lincoln, Lawmakers Smear North American Bobcat

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 – . . . 

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