Archive for January, 2016

In Liberia, Coming to the Rescue of Chimps Abandoned by NY Blood Center

In Liberia, Coming to the Rescue of Chimps Abandoned by NY Blood Center

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 » I am proud to introduce two heroes to you—Jim and Jenny Desmond—two HSUS colleagues who deployed to . . . 

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State of the Animal Union

State of the Animal Union

President Obama goes to the well of the U.S. House tonight to deliver his final State of the Union Address, making the case for his presidency and forecasting what’s ahead for his final year in office. While the country may be fractured on many of . . . 

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Breaking News: Retirement to Come Sooner for Ringling’s Beleaguered Elephants

By on January 11, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 28 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Retirement to Come Sooner for Ringling’s Beleaguered Elephants

In a second wave of good news from Ringling Bros., the circus company announced today that it would retire its elephants by May, truncating its time frame for ending its traveling acts involving the animals by almost two years. Last March, in a thunderbolt of . . . 

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California, Oregon Gain Top Marks for Animal Welfare Policies, While Mississippi, South Dakota at Bottom of List

California, Oregon Gain Top Marks for Animal Welfare Policies, While Mississippi, South Dakota at Bottom of List

Once again, California claims the top spot in our annual assessment of state animal protection policies, with rankings grounded on a comprehensive examination of 88 policy ideas across the spectrum of humane issues – from the enactment of felony-level penalties for cockfighting to banning the . . . 

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Federal Government Releases Dietary Guidelines, With New Year’s Resolutions Still Top of Mind

By on January 7, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Government Releases Dietary Guidelines, With New Year’s Resolutions Still Top of Mind

I’ve seen more than a few new faces at my health club in recent days. At the start of each new year, surveys reveal, nearly 150 million Americans make resolutions to get in shape, save more money, quit smoking, or commit to doing greater good . . . 

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Federal Court Clears Way for USDA to Reconsider Pork Lobbying Slush Fund

By on January 6, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Court Clears Way for USDA to Reconsider Pork Lobbying Slush Fund

Back in August I reported on a lawsuit by The HSUS and a few other plaintiffs to stop a raid on federal dollars by the pork industry, and how a ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals could put an end to a $60 million revenue . . . 

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The Brewing Battle Over Grizzly Delisting and Trophy Hunting in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

By on January 5, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Brewing Battle Over Grizzly Delisting and Trophy Hunting in the Yellowstone Ecosystem

In recent years, we’ve been through what can only be called the wolf wars, as The HSUS and other animal welfare and conservation organizations have struggled in one arena after another to prevent the government and the ranching and trophy-hunting lobbies from enabling or conducting mass and inhumane killings of these still-recovering predators. . . . 

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Wendy’s Brings a Win for Hens; Smithfield Makes Progress for Pigs

By on January 4, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Wendy’s Brings a Win for Hens; Smithfield Makes Progress for Pigs

We’re starting 2016 where we left off in 2015 – with major news in our ongoing campaign to end the era of intensive confinement of hens and breeding sows. Today we announce with Wendy’s, the world’s third largest fast food chain, that the company is . . . 

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