Archive for 2015

Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

By on October 21, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Washington’s Governor Nixes Radical Cougar-Killing Plan

This week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee granted an appeal made by The HSUS along with other animal protection and conservation groups and reversed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s 7 -1 decision to dramatically expand cougar hunting in the state. The governor’s intervention spared dozens of . . . 

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Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

By on October 20, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 30 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Damning Documents Expose Extreme Walking Horse Cruelty

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The HSUS has yielded hundreds of pages of damning information, including grim and grisly photographs, documenting the abuse of Tennessee walking horses by Larry Wheelon, the trainer who got a get-out-of-jail card last year based on a . . . 

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Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

By on October 19, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Japan Thumbs Its Nose at the World on Whaling

In a speech recorded for broadcast to an audience of 100 million people in China, Prince William has made an appeal to the Chinese people to stop buying illegal wildlife products. “I am absolutely convinced that China can become a global leader in the protection . . . 

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More Murderous Behavior in Zimbabwe

By on October 16, 2015 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
More Murderous Behavior in Zimbabwe

It seems there’s hardly any good news coming out of Zimbabwe these days. Three months ago, American dentist Walter Palmer shot Cecil, one of the most famous lions in Hwange National Park, after luring him from the park’s protected confines. We got word on Monday . . . 

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Opponents of Animal Protection Look More Marginal Than Ever

By on October 15, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Opposition with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Opponents of Animal Protection Look More Marginal Than Ever

Something big and lasting and transformational is happening in our food system. We are, company by company, species by species, and animal by animal, seeing a shift away from the intensive confinement of animals on factory farms. It is still a work in progress, but the . . . 

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Putting a Stop to Our Ruthless Persecution of Predators

By on October 14, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Putting a Stop to Our Ruthless Persecution of Predators

The news that the government of Zimbabwe elected not to charge long-time Safari Club International member Walter Palmer with any impropriety for slaying Cecil the lion reached me as I was taking part in a conference on the protection of carnivores in North America. Cecil’s grisly . . . 

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Rembrandt, Nation’s Third Largest Egg Producer, Paints a Picture of a Cage-Free Future

By on October 13, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Rembrandt, Nation’s Third Largest Egg Producer, Paints a Picture of a Cage-Free Future

In yet another unmistakable indicator that we are moving decisively closer to ending the intensive confinement of farm animals, the nation’s third largest egg producer this morning announced that moving forward, “cage-free egg production will become the company’s standard.” Rembrandt Foods, based in Spirit Lake, . . . 

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Washington and Oregon Seek to Expand Protections for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions

By on October 12, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Washington and Oregon Seek to Expand Protections for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions

Today, at a press conference in Portland, Oregon, we launched a statewide ballot initiative to protect some of the planet’s most iconic animals – 12 different taxa, including elephants, rhinos, lions, sea turtles, rays, and sharks, all facing a range of human-caused threats that jeopardize . . . 

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California Commission Says ‘No’ to Orca Breeding at SeaWorld

California Commission Says ‘No’ to Orca Breeding at SeaWorld

SeaWorld took yet another blow yesterday, when the California Coastal Commission approved the company’s plan to expand its orca pools only on the condition that it breed no more orcas at the facility, transfer no orcas out, and import no new orcas to the facility. SeaWorld’s . . . 

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Helping People and Animals in Peril From Fires and Floods

By on October 8, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Helping People and Animals in Peril From Fires and Floods

Fires and floods are in the news, taking human lives, disrupting home and work life, and putting animals at risk. The stories coming out of South Carolina and California – two states swollen and scorched by major natural disasters – are heartbreaking. Animals who died in a . . . 

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Pro-Trophy Hunting, Pro-Trapping, Pro-Lead Ammo Bill Sees Action Tomorrow in House Committee

By on October 7, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 33 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pro-Trophy Hunting, Pro-Trapping, Pro-Lead Ammo Bill Sees Action Tomorrow in House Committee

The timing itself suggests an extraordinary degree of tone-deafness. Just weeks after the Walter Palmer trophy-hunting escapade in Zimbabwe made international headlines, and the day after MSNBC releases a damning anti-trophy hunting documentary called Blood Lions, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is poised to . . . 

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MSNBC Documentary Pulls Lid Off Sordid Practice of Canned Lion Hunting

By on October 6, 2015 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
MSNBC Documentary Pulls Lid Off Sordid Practice of Canned Lion Hunting

There was worldwide outrage when the public learned that Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer flew halfway across the world to southern Africa to lure a mighty beast out of a national park in Zimbabwe, and shoot him with an arrow – just to mount the lion’s . . . 

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