Archive for December, 2015

On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

On the Eve of Greatness – As a Society

We live in an incredible nation – a nation, like the others, still a work in progress.  Think of it as a body bearing more than a few scars from past travails and battles, and one with its share of open wounds. And think of it . . . 

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New U.S. Rules May Put the Lid on South Africa’s Canned Hunts for Lions

By on December 30, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New U.S. Rules May Put the Lid on South Africa’s Canned Hunts for Lions

One major effect of last week’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action to list African lions as threatened or endangered across their range is to cripple South Africa’s despicable and deplorable canned hunting industry – as reported this morning by Paul Bedard of the Washington . . . 

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Breaking News: Costco, Subway, Carnival Cruise Lines All In on Cage Free

By on December 29, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Costco, Subway, Carnival Cruise Lines All In on Cage Free

Word broke yesterday, reported by Fox News, NPR, Quartz, and others, that the supermarket giant Costco has committed to an entirely cage-free future. “Costco is committed to going cage‐free for its egg procurement,” states the company’s website. “We are working with our suppliers toward a complete and . . . 

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Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

Wins for Chimps, Elephants, Lions Mark the Biggest Federal Policy Gains in 2015

This year, we helped secure an extraordinary series of gains in the federal policy-making realm — gains ushered in by Congress and federal executive agencies. More broadly, the government banned the use of chimps in experiments, saw new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, . . . 

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Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

Chimps, Lions, and the Five Freedoms for Farm Animals Take Center Stage: Top 10 Victories of 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » Looking back on 2015, think Cecil, Ringling, McDonald’s and Walmart, the National Institutes of Health, the FBI, . . . 

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Nestlé, the World’s Biggest Food Company, Goes All In on Cage Free

By on December 22, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Nestlé, the World’s Biggest Food Company, Goes All In on Cage Free

The global food giant Nestlé has announced that it will switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs in the United States by 2020. There’s been an absolute avalanche of similar announcements concerning cage-free production this year—from McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Compass Group, Aramark, Sodexo, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Dunkin’ Donuts—and well, the list goes on (and on, . . . 

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U.S. Provides Endangered Species Act Protections for African Lions — Seeks to Avoid Sequel to Cecil Killing

By on December 20, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 19 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
U.S. Provides Endangered Species Act Protections for African Lions — Seeks to Avoid Sequel to Cecil Killing

In a move sure to be jarring to the worldwide trophy hunting industry, and that could gut South Africa’s canned hunting industry, the United States signaled that it will classify the African lion as threatened or endangered across its entire range in Africa. This action comes four . . . 

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Ben & Jerry’s Offers New Ingredient for Every Flavor: No Tail Cutting of Cows

By on December 18, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ben & Jerry’s Offers New Ingredient for Every Flavor: No Tail Cutting of Cows

We welcome the news this week that Ben & Jerry’s will prohibit its milk suppliers from cutting cows’ tails off, effective by the end of 2016. As the company notes, “Overall, this policy officially confirms Ben & Jerry’s expectations with all of its dairy farmer/producers . . . 

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Five Freedoms for Walmart, End of Chimp Research Among Top Blogs for 2015

Five Freedoms for Walmart, End of Chimp Research Among Top Blogs for 2015

Every weekday, on A Humane Nation, I share news and analysis about the work of The HSUS and its affiliates, and comment on the broader issues in society relating to animal protection. Given the growth in awareness, and the enormous public engagement with animal welfare, . . . 

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Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, released early this morning and set for final action in the House and Senate later this week, turned out extraordinarily well for animal protection advocates. The negotiations were led by Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Harry Reid, D-NV, and . . . 

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Animals Getting Their Day in Court – HSUS Legal Victories of 2015

Animals Getting Their Day in Court – HSUS Legal Victories of 2015

At The HSUS, we throw the kitchen sink at animal cruelty. And one of the best tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of cases, claims, petitions, and other legal campaigns and regulatory actions. The HSUS . . . 

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More Dogs Rescued From Butchers in South Korea, Arrive in America

More Dogs Rescued From Butchers in South Korea, Arrive in America

Over the past week, Humane Society International has shepherded the transport of 26 dogs from South Korea to the United States. It’s been the best kind of whiplash for these pups – rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea and now bound for loving homes . . . 

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