Archive for October, 2015

Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

By on October 30, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

“Support for ending the cruel and wasteful slaughter of America’s horses spans the political spectrum; it’s not a partisan issue — this is a quintessentially American issue. It’s about our values, our heritage, and what we tolerate as a society. Truly, this is a common . . . 

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Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

With the end of an era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees at hand, and the National Institutes of Health aiming to retire the vast majority of its government owned chimpanzees to the national chimpanzee sanctuary, the three laboratories that house privately owned chimpanzees are no . . . 

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Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

By on October 28, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

During the throes of the political fight in California over Prop 2, we got wind that the American Egg Board – a Congressionally authorized body that manages millions of dollars that accrue from a tax on every egg sold, and that is charged with promoting . . . 

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Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

By on October 27, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

In a stroke of very good news, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced last Friday that there would be no mountain lion hunting season in the state in 2016. Nebraska’s first and only mountain-lion-hunting season occurred in 2014, when hunters killed five lions, and it . . . 

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Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

On Friday, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a damning report about the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of wild horses. The report concluded that agency officials did nothing to prevent a notorious livestock hauler from acquiring . . . 

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Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

By on October 23, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Humane Economy with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

Frankie was one of 50 small dogs rescued from a puppy mill that closed down. She was already 10 years old and was missing more than a clump of her fur due to mange. Harley lived for years at the end of a short, rusty . . . 

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Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

By on October 22, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

We’re coming down to the wire in Massachusetts on the first critical phase of action for our ballot initiative to phase out the extreme confinement of animals in cages or crates on factory farms. We have until November 18th to gather signatures from 95,000 registered . . . 

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Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

By on October 21, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee granted an appeal made by The HSUS along with other animal protection and conservation groups and reversed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s 7 -1 decision to dramatically expand cougar hunting in the state. The governor’s intervention spared dozens of . . . 

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Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

By on October 20, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 30 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The HSUS has yielded hundreds of pages of damning information, including grim and grisly photographs, documenting the abuse of Tennessee walking horses by Larry Wheelon, the trainer who got a get-out-of-jail card last year based on a . . . 

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Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

By on October 19, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

In a speech recorded for broadcast to an audience of 100 million people in China, Prince William has made an appeal to the Chinese people to stop buying illegal wildlife products. “I am absolutely convinced that China can become a global leader in the protection . . . 

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More Murderous Behavior in Zimbabwe

By on October 16, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
More Murderous Behavior in Zimbabwe

It seems there’s hardly any good news coming out of Zimbabwe these days. Three months ago, American dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil, one of the most famous lions in Hwange National Park, after luring him from the park’s protected confines. We got word on Monday . . . 

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Opponents of Animal Protection Look More Marginal Than Ever

By on October 15, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Opposition with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Opponents of Animal Protection Look More Marginal Than Ever

Something big and lasting and transformational is happening in our food system. We are, company by company, species by species, and animal by animal, seeing a shift away from the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms. It is still a work in progress, but the . . . 

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