Archive for 2015

Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

By on February 9, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 36 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

Last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) cheered the reintroduction of a grab bag of measures related to guns and hunting, with the innocuous-sounding designation of a “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.” While a good number of the provisions are benign, and a few even . . . 

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Enlisting Farmers in the Cause of Animal Welfare

By on February 6, 2015 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Enlisting Farmers in the Cause of Animal Welfare

I was pleased to be the keynote speaker on Friday morning in Omaha at the annual conference of the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, a non-profit organization consisting largely of farmers concerned about the future of agriculture. It was an honor to be invited to address . . . 

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Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent tens of millions of dollars on animal experiments designed to increase reproductive rates of deer on captive hunting facilities – to benefit private operators who offer up deer in a guaranteed kill arrangement. In the process, . . . 

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News Break: Court Ruling Favors Prop 2 – Again

By on February 4, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
News Break: Court Ruling Favors Prop 2 – Again

Editor’s note: The following blog post has been updated to include a correction in the third paragraph. I’m excited to share with you breaking news from California: a federal appeals court has upheld Prop 2, California’s new law banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens, . . . 

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Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

We live in a nation where animals are used for food, fashion and clothing, entertainment, research, and in wildlife-associated recreation – in both harmful and benign ways – to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce. The pork industry alone – which kills more than . . . 

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Euthanizing Healthy Pets Is a Scandal, Says Bellamy Young

By on February 2, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Euthanizing Healthy Pets Is a Scandal, Says Bellamy Young

One of the latest HSUS supporters to show her shelter pet love is Bellamy Young of ABC’s Scandal, who appears with her dog Bean and her cat Sadie in a lovely new video reminding folks just how wonderful shelter animals can be as companions, and . . . 

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The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring burnished his pro-animal record when he established an Animal Law unit in an attorney general’s office. The unit will serve as a resource for local law enforcement and state agencies on animal fighting and animal cruelty prosecutions, providing . . . 

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Exposing ‘Kill Buyers’ Who Feed the Horse Slaughter Pipeline

By on January 29, 2015 in Equine with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Exposing ‘Kill Buyers’ Who Feed the Horse Slaughter Pipeline

Two high profile cases this month involving “kill buyers,” who buy horses at auction to send them to slaughter, have brought the bloody, predatory business of horse slaughter out into the light of day. They’ve also shown the kill buyer for what he truly is . . . 

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GoDaddy Nixes Super Bowl Spot After Advocates Tell Company to GoSendYourAdtotheMoon

By on January 28, 2015 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
GoDaddy Nixes Super Bowl Spot After Advocates Tell Company to GoSendYourAdtotheMoon

On Tuesday, GoDaddy pulled an ad scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday broadcast after expressing surprise that the spot featuring an online puppy seller sparked such an immediate backlash in social media. The ad is just the latest false note on animal issues from GoDaddy, whose . . . 

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Finding Balance in the Wolf Wars

By on January 27, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Finding Balance in the Wolf Wars

Today, The HSUS and 21 other organizations – from the Detroit Zoo to the Center for Biological Diversity and the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies to the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians – petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to downlist wolves from . . . 

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The Times Continues Focus on Factory Farm Cruelty, While Journal Makes Light of Routine Abuses

By on January 26, 2015 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Times Continues Focus on Factory Farm Cruelty, While Journal Makes Light of Routine Abuses

Today’s editorial pages at the nation’s biggest newspapers are a tale of two starkly different worldviews. One, The New York Times, slams the hideous government-financed cruelties documented at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska. The other, The Wall Street Journal, slams California voters . . . 

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Top Guns at National Sheriffs’ Association and FBI Say No to Animal Cruelty

By on January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Top Guns at National Sheriffs’ Association and FBI Say No to Animal Cruelty

Yesterday, it was my great privilege to attend the National Sheriffs’ Association conference in Washington, D.C. and to present an HSUS Humane Law Enforcement Award to Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in front of sheriffs throughout the nation. It was Director Comey who in . . . 

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