Archive for 2015

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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Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

By on October 30, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Raising the Barr: Finding Humanity in Our Relationship With Horses

“Support for ending the cruel and wasteful slaughter of America’s horses spans the political spectrum; it’s not a partisan issue — this is a quintessentially American issue. It’s about our values, our heritage, and what we tolerate as a society. Truly, this is a common . . . 

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Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

Yerkes Shouldn’t Offload Chimps to Unaccredited Zoo

With the end of an era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees at hand, and the National Institutes of Health aiming to retire the vast majority of its government owned chimpanzees to the national chimpanzee sanctuary, the three laboratories that house privately owned chimpanzees are no . . . 

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Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

By on October 28, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Check-Off Programs Amount to Slush Fund for Big Ag

During the throes of the political fight in California over Prop 2, we got wind that the American Egg Board – a Congressionally authorized body that manages millions of dollars that accrue from a tax on every egg sold, and that is charged with promoting . . . 

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Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

By on October 27, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Nebraska Halts Lion Hunting, But Predator Battles Rage

In a stroke of very good news, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission announced last Friday that there would be no mountain lion hunting season in the state in 2016. Nebraska’s first and only mountain-lion-hunting season occurred in 2014, when hunters killed five lions, and it . . . 

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Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Inspector General Report Confirms Mass Slaughter of Wild Horses During Reign of Then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

On Friday, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a damning report about the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of wild horses. The report concluded that agency officials did nothing to prevent a notorious livestock hauler from acquiring . . . 

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Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

By on October 23, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Humane Economy with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dismantling Puppy Mills in Creative Ways

Frankie was one of 50 small dogs rescued from a puppy mill that closed down. She was already 10 years old and was missing more than a clump of her fur due to mange. Harley lived for years at the end of a short, rusty . . . 

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Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

By on October 22, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Dismantling the Crates and Cages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

We’re coming down to the wire in Massachusetts on the first critical phase of action for our ballot initiative to phase out the extreme confinement of animals in cages or crates on factory farms. We have until November 18th to gather signatures from 95,000 registered . . . 

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