Archive for January, 2016

Breaking news: Captive Orcas, Dolphins to Get New Federal Protections

By on January 29, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Captive Orcas, Dolphins to Get New Federal Protections

Today, after a two-decade wait, we celebrate the release of a proposed federal rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve standards for the handling, care, and housing of captive marine mammals, mainly at aquariums and marine parks. It is an important animal . . . 

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Furry Celebs in the Spotlight for National Campaign to Promote Pet Adoption

By on January 29, 2016 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Furry Celebs in the Spotlight for National Campaign to Promote Pet Adoption

You’ve probably gotten at least a glimpse of these Internet celebrities in viral videos or social media feeds: Toast Meets World, a toothless King Charles puppy mill rescue who has 342,000 Instagram followers; Bento the Keyboard Cat, who plays that electronic instrument not quite as . . . 

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‘Judge Me by the Enemies I Have Made’

By on January 28, 2016 in Opposition with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Judge Me by the Enemies I Have Made’

More than anything, The HSUS is about one purpose: making tangible progress to stop animal cruelty. Our determined work for all animals wins us millions of supporters. But it also stirs the passions and fears of special interests and individuals who make a profit or get . . . 

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Breaking News: Bob Evans, a Family Dining Fixture, Joins the Cage-Free Movement

By on January 27, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Bob Evans, a Family Dining Fixture, Joins the Cage-Free Movement

Today, Bob Evans—one of the country’s largest family dining chains based in Ohio, with more than 500 restaurants in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast — announced it will go 100 percent cage-free for the more than 100 million eggs it uses annually. You’ve lately heard, . . . 

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Breaking News: Feds Adopt the Right Policy for Right Whales

By on January 26, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Feds Adopt the Right Policy for Right Whales

Right whales – more endangered than pandas, Siberian tigers, or black rhinos – received a lifeline today from the federal government when the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it will take action to expand the boundaries of their existing critical habitat in the North . . . 

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A Blizzard of Activity to Help Animals

By on January 25, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Blizzard of Activity to Help Animals

The unusually fierce snowstorm that buried the mid-Atlantic states and disrupted transportation and work for so many people also wreaked havoc for animals. Wild animals are built to withstand bouts of severe weather, but they struggle to survive when temperatures and precipitation levels get extreme (there . . . 

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Cecil’s Revenge

Cecil’s Revenge

Cecil may be roaring from heaven that other lions throughout Africa, including members of his former pride, may not experience his horrible fate, thanks to a federal rule that goes into effect today. The rule stipulates that American hunters who travel to Africa to hunt . . . 

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Trophy Hunting Provisions Lard Up Trojan Horse Bill in Congress

By on January 21, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trophy Hunting Provisions Lard Up Trojan Horse Bill in Congress

The so-called Sportsmen’s Act in Congress was always a misnomer. The bill provides a small class of trophy hunters free rein to kill native carnivores or bring their body parts into the United States without delivering anything practical or meaningful for rank-and-file hunters and fishermen. Yesterday, . . . 

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Target Hits the Mark With Transition to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs

By on January 20, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Target Hits the Mark With Transition to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs

Target Corporation—one of the country’s largest retailers—has announced it is dismantling cages from its egg supply by 2025. On Monday, ConAgra Foods—maker of Egg Beaters and other popular food product brands—announced it too is switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. Working with such big-name companies . . . 

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From Cecil to Sandy: Trophy Hunters and the Slaying of Lions Abroad and at Home

By on January 19, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
From Cecil to Sandy: Trophy Hunters and the Slaying of Lions Abroad and at Home

The killing of Cecil the lion shocked people throughout the world, but Americans took particular offense because the shooter was one of our own – a privileged dentist from Minnesota. What a misuse of time and wealth to kill an extraordinary and beautiful creature, an icon . . . 

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India’s Courts Breathe Life Into HSI’s Lifesaving Campaigns

By on January 15, 2016 in Humane Society International with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
India’s Courts Breathe Life Into HSI’s Lifesaving Campaigns

This week, the state of Tamil Nadu in South India is celebrating its annual harvest festival without a traditional and gruesome spectacle: Jallikattu, an event in which men hang by the humps of bulls, traumatizing the animals by pushing and pulling at them and causing . . . 

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Breaking News: Denny’s Going Cage-Free

By on January 14, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Denny’s Going Cage-Free

One of the nation’s best-known family dining brands, Denny’s, just announced plans to  switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs throughout all its U.S. locations, completing the process over the next decade. The South Carolina-based company uses roughly half a billion eggs a year, so once the . . . 

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