Archive for November, 2015
Colorado Shooter’s Profile Reinforces Link Between Animal Cruelty, Human Violence
A familiar pattern is emerging in the profile of the Colorado gunman, Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs last week – the latest in our national epidemic of mass shootings at . . .
Undeterred, Unbowed in Seeking Reform for All Animals
With Thanksgiving upon us, I’m grateful to so many people for supporting The HSUS and its bold vision to help all animals in society, including those caught up in major use industries throughout the world. While we face the grim reality that animals still suffer at . . .
France Bans Lion Imports, as the Cry Over Cecil’s Death Continues to be Heard Around the World
After Cecil’s killing came to light in July, there’s been a well-justified backlash against the trophy hunting of some of the rarest and most majestic animals in the world. In the wake of the incident, 45 airlines have taken action against trophy hunting — banning shipments . . .
Jack in the Box Says ‘No’ to Birds in the Cage
Today, we’re pleased to announce that Jack in the Box has laid out a timeline for switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The nearly 3,000 Jack in the Box locations nationwide each include an extensive breakfast menu, including more than a dozen items with eggs. The . . .
California Officials Decide to Keep Bobcat Pelts on the Bobcats
Bobcats are gorgeous. Nobody eats bobcats. They are too small to pose a threat to cattle. And they are predators that keep small prey populations in check. Even so, last year, at about this time, commercial trappers in California placed box traps outside of national parks and . . .
Buy Georgia Peaches, Not Puppy Mill Dogs
Our latest HSUS special investigation reveals that Georgia pet stores are peddling hundreds of puppies each year sourced from puppy brokers and puppy mills, some with serious Animal Welfare Act violations. The dogs are then sold to unsuspecting buyers who all too often are faced . . .
Breaking News: Government Slams Door on Invasive Experiments on Chimps
I’ve made a series of announcements in the last three years about ongoing progress in the effort to end the era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees. Here’s another, and it’s a great one. Today, the National Institutes of Health announced it has scuttled plans to . . .
In Congress, a Barrage of Sneak Attacks on Wolves and Other Endangered Species
Today, The HSUS, the Idaho Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and more than 150 other groups called on President Obama to block a series of anticipated riders that would put dozens of our most iconic threatened and endangered species in . . .
Taco Bell Serves Up the Quickest Cage-Free Timeline Yet
Taco Bell—with over 6,000 locations serving more than 40 million people each week—has announced that it is switching 100 percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of 2016. This is the fastest timeline adopted by any major food company, and it comes as Taco . . .
In the War Over Management of Wolves, The HSUS Won’t Shrink from Effort to Protect Them
In an affront to sound science and a brazen subversion of the judicial process, Republican Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced legislation this week to remove federal protections for wolves in the Great Lakes Region and Wyoming. Their overreaching move comes . . .
Breed Bans Are a Moral and Practical Mess
Breed bans sever the human-animal bond and cause harm to people just as they do to dogs. And they are virtually impossible to enforce in a fair way. But there is building momentum against the idea of judging a dog based on what he or she . . .
Oregon Retreats From Wolf Protection, as Possible Setup for Trophy Hunting
Even though Oregon has fewer than 90 wolves who occupy just a small portion of their historical range there, its Fish and Wildlife Commission this week removed them from the state’s list of endangered species. This administrative action clears away one key barrier to a trophy-hunting and commercial-trapping . . .