Archive for September, 2015
Ending the Madness of International Trophy Hunting of Rare Animals
The killing of Cecil the Lion gave the world a vivid example of the pain and misery left behind by globe-trotting elites whose primary hobby is killing prized specimens of the most beloved and threatened wild animals on the planet. Today we are turning up . . .
Evangelical Leaders Recognize ‘Every Living Thing’
Today, I was so pleased to participate in a press conference to announce the launch of “Every Living Thing,” a national campaign to engage the Evangelical community on animal protection issues. “Every Living Thing” is built around a statement of principles about animal protection from . . .
Court Blocks Whale Imports – May Have Closed Chapter on Ugly Era
Yesterday, Judge Amy Totenberg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s denial of an import permit application for 18 wild-caught beluga whales for the Georgia Aquarium, SeaWorld facilities, and two other aquaria. We and others had . . .
Whole Foods Deserves Whole Praise for Anti-Factory Farming Leadership
There can be no question that, among all major companies in the supermarket sector, Whole Foods Market has been the leader on animal welfare. It’s typically been a first adopter of new vegetarian and vegan food products, and in the process made plant-based eating a far . . .
China and U.S. Pledge to End the Ivory Trade
President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China today announced a detailed and shared commitment to end the global trade in ivory. President Xi said his country would match the U.S.’s commitment to stop any commercial trade in ivory, in a stunning announcement that dramatically fortifies . . .
Welcome, Pope Francis, Champion of Animals
Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States – his first-ever visit – has created extraordinary excitement and drawn enormous crowds and round-the-clock coverage. This Pope and his ideas are of enormous interest to the American public, whether Catholic or non-Catholic. The Pope is of special interest . . .
Sounding the Horn to Stop the Trade in Horns, Tusks, and Other Wildlife Body Parts
This week, thousands of primary school children in Hanoi, Vietnam, pledged to protect rhinos after attending the premiere of an educational cartoon movie based on Humane Society International’s children’s book, “I am a Little Rhino.” The cartoon has been running on national television there for . . .
Violet Blossoms, As Have Other Rescued Fighting Dogs
At the beginning of this year, I shared with you the heartbreaking story of our rescue of 65 breeding dogs from a suspected hog-dog breeding operation in Cottonwood, Alabama. When our Animal Rescue Team found the dogs, they were emaciated and cold and thirsty and hungry, . . .
The HSUS and Partners Propose New Federal Standards for Dog Care at Major Breeding Facilities
The HSUS and other animal welfare organizations today filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the agency to improve minimum standards of care for dogs in commercial breeding facilities – the latest strategic policy action to turn around our nation’s disgraceful . . .
Fight Against the Dog Meat Trade Picks Up
The living conditions remind me of American puppy mills – varying breeds of dogs, packed into wire cages often lifted off the ground, fetid water in bowls, and a look of doom and sadness in their eyes. But it’s a different type of dog-abuse industry, . . .
New HSUS Initiative Poised to Keep More Animals in Homes and Out of Shelters
Renting a house or an apartment can be a challenge if you have a pet. If you have multiple pets, get ready for plenty of rejection. Too many home and apartment owners exclude animals, thinking that the animals are going to damage the properties. That mentality shrinks . . .
Puppy Mill Investigation Reveals Squalor, Neglect, Lack of Oversight at Flea Markets
Today, The HSUS released a new hidden camera investigation focusing on puppy mill dogs sold through flea markets – one of the least known and most unregulated commercial sales venues for this despicable trade. Our investigator visited 21 different flea markets in 10 states that . . .