Archive for 2015
Breaking News: Nepalese Organizers Announce an End to the World’s Bloodiest Animal Sacrifice Spectacle
A few months back, I wrote with burning anger and sadness about the world’s largest animal sacrifice, Nepal’s Gadhimai festival, an event held every five years that results in an orgy of killing – nearly half a million animals slaughtered in the open air. Today, . . .
In January, with an inside view from a long-serving, whistleblowing veterinarian, The New York Times exposed appallingly cruel and unnecessary experimentation on farm animals at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), a government-run laboratory in Nebraska. Reporter Michael Moss documented scientists at the Center . . .
With Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will take urgently needed steps to curtail wildlife trafficking and address the devastating elephant poaching crisis, issuing a proposed rule that will establish a near-complete ban on the commercial ivory trade in . . .
In January, I shared the story of 23 dogs who managed to make it out of a dog meat farm in South Korea – which, for all of the other dogs who’ve ever met the fate of being caught up and caged in such a facility, . . .
Today, our federal legislative priorities gained even sharper focus with the introduction of the Senate version of the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, advanced by U.S. Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. This bill, introduced in the U.S. House as H.R. . . .
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 » Today, Kathleen Conlee, our vice president of Animal Research Issues, was in New York with Dr. Brian . . .
There is cause for hope that Congress may finally do something to impose some standards on horse racing and empower a non-governmental, independent organization to stop the widespread race-day doping of horses – a contributing factor to perhaps as many as 24 horses dying every . . .
This week, The HSUS worked with law enforcement and both local and national groups in Chatham County, N.C. to rescue nearly 200 animals, most of them from a single mobile home. Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Stuart called it an “intervention,” and like too many cases we . . .
We had a powerful showing today in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – with two key HSUS allies, Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., securing enough votes to pass their amendments dealing with horse slaughter for human consumption and the keeping of orcas . . .
What is the most abused wildlife species many people have never heard of? It may be an obscure species known as the pangolin – the only mammals with scales covering most of their bodies, and often referred to as “walking artichokes” because of their unusual . . .
Each year, tens of thousands of animals are killed to test industrial chemicals, including ingredients found in common household products in our homes. These animals suffer terribly, as harsh chemicals are rubbed into their skin, forced down their throats, and even dropped in their eyes. . . .
Puerto Rico is in the news for its financial crisis, but there’s another crisis that’s not in the national news – the treatment of animals on the island. That crisis is the main reason for the effort by The HSUS and Humane Society International to . . .