Archive for November, 2015

Don’t For a Minute Excuse Eating Dog Meat As a Cultural Prerogative

Don’t For a Minute Excuse Eating Dog Meat As a Cultural Prerogative

The very idea of dogs as meat is unthinkable for most people, but an estimated 30 million dogs are slaughtered each year for local consumption in a handful of Asian countries, including China, Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam. We’d be wrong, however, to think the . . . 

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SeaWorld Makes a Splash With Announcement, but Its Commitment is Hardly Black and White

By on November 9, 2015 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
SeaWorld Makes a Splash With Announcement, but Its Commitment is Hardly Black and White

SeaWorld says it is ending its “theatrical” orca shows at its San Diego facility next year, but no one from the company is yet saying what will happen to the orcas. And there’s no announcement about similar changes at sister theme parks in San Antonio and . . . 

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Panera Inspires, While Costco Lags

By on November 6, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Panera Inspires, While Costco Lags

Yesterday, Panera Bread – with nearly 2,000 restaurants – became the latest company to fortify its commitment to strong animal welfare policies, pledging to go completely cage-free for its egg supply in the coming years. In addition, last week, Kellogg’s and TGI Fridays also set . . . 

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‘Sored’ Champ Dies Before His Time

By on November 5, 2015 in Equine, Investigations with 70 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Sored’ Champ Dies Before His Time

Any decent person is appalled by the mere description of horse soring – the burning of horses’ legs with chemicals, or the jamming of hard objects into the tender soles of their feet that have been cut to the quick, in order to cause so . . . 

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Washington Voters Trumpet and Roar Against Wildlife Trafficking – Sending Signal to the Nation

By on November 4, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Washington Voters Trumpet and Roar Against Wildlife Trafficking – Sending Signal to the Nation

In as emphatic an electoral triumph as you will see in American politics, Washington voters approved I-1401, giving the measure decisive majorities in every one of the state’s 39 counties. The measure to criminalize the trade in the parts of 10 different species and taxa . . . 

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All In on the Fight Against Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking

By on November 3, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
All In on the Fight Against Poaching and Wildlife Trafficking

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step toward curbing the illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife when it passed the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494). This bipartisan legislation, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Ranking Member . . . 

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Ballot Measures Take Aim at Wildlife Trafficking, Extreme Confinement of Farm Animals, and More

Ballot Measures Take Aim at Wildlife Trafficking, Extreme Confinement of Farm Animals, and More

Voting ends tomorrow in the statewide election in Washington, and the big item on the ballot for animal advocates is I-1401, the most comprehensive anti-wildlife trafficking proposal ever considered in a state. Polling indicates the measure has a strong lead, but we are taking nothing . . . 

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