Archive for July, 2015

Wildlife Trafficking Eats Up Species Great and Small

By on July 15, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Wildlife Trafficking Eats Up Species Great and Small

What is the most abused wildlife species many people have never heard of?  It may be an obscure species known as the pangolin – the only mammals with scales covering most of their bodies, and often referred to as “walking artichokes” because of their unusual . . . 

Read More

Toxic Substances, Nontoxic Policy

Toxic Substances, Nontoxic Policy

Each year, tens of thousands of animals are killed to test industrial chemicals, including ingredients found in common household products in our homes. These animals suffer terribly, as harsh chemicals are rubbed into their skin, forced down their throats, and even dropped in their eyes. . . . 

Read More

Caring for the Least Among Us in Puerto Rico

Caring for the Least Among Us in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in the news for its financial crisis, but there’s another crisis that’s not in the national news – the treatment of animals on the island. That crisis is the main reason for the effort by The HSUS and Humane Society International to . . . 

Read More

Putting a Stop to Human Attacks on Sharks

By on July 10, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Putting a Stop to Human Attacks on Sharks

This has been Shark Week on the Discovery channel. But unlike past years, when many of the programs sensationalized shark attacks and other dramatic behaviors and encounters with people, this year we are seeing more of a focus on science, with sharks being celebrated as . . . 

Read More

The High Cost of Costco Cruelty

By on July 9, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The High Cost of Costco Cruelty

Today, The New York Times posted online—and it will run in tomorrow’s print edition— an opinion piece by comedian and political commentator Bill Maher titled, “Free the Hens, Costco!” “Make no mistake about it: Battery cages torment animals,” writes Maher. “At Costco though, there’s no . . . 

Read More

The Arc of Progress in Animal Protection

The Arc of Progress in Animal Protection

We are just past the mid-point of 2015, and while there have been  a few setbacks or battles lost, there are also a far larger number of gains for animals. And while thinking about individual corporate gains, lawsuits, or legislative battles won is critical (I . . . 

Read More

General Mills Will Go 100 Percent Cage-Free

By on July 7, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 35 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
General Mills Will Go 100 Percent Cage-Free

Within the last six months or so, we’ve worked with many of the biggest names in the food business to announce their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Aramark, Compass Group, Dunkin Brands, Hilton, Kellogg, Nestle, Sodexo, Starbucks, and Walmart have all made . . . 

Read More

Hugo Boss Goes Fur-Free

Hugo Boss Goes Fur-Free

Today we’re thrilled to announce that Hugo Boss, one of the world’s leading luxury brands, is adopting a 100 percent fur-free policy that will spare thousands of animals from needless suffering. The Germany-based global fashion giant committed to the policy after working with The HSUS . . . 

Read More

The Propaganda Machine and `the Backfire Effect’

By on July 3, 2015 in Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Propaganda Machine and `the Backfire Effect’

In 2006, scholars Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler presented a paper to the American Political Science Association about the “backfire effect” – presenting evidence from a series of studies to show that “when your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your feelings get stronger.” In . . . 

Read More

On the Road in Colorado, and a Reminder That Every Life Counts

By on July 1, 2015 in Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
On the Road in Colorado, and a Reminder That Every Life Counts

I’m at a conference in western Colorado, called Curiosity Retreats, which brings in luminaries on a wide array of subject areas to explore big ideas. Among a roster of extraordinary speakers, I was most excited to listen to a talk scheduled yesterday afternoon called “Wonders . . . 

Read More

Top