Archive for February, 2016
Berman’s Smear During the Oscars Backfires
Rick Berman just helped us raise an additional $1 million for The HSUS’s campaigns against factory farms, puppy mills, and seal killing. Yes, the lobbyist and public relations operative who has specialized in taking money from animal-abuse industries and tried to smear The HSUS has done exactly the opposite . . .
U.S. House Gives Stocking Full of Gifts to Most Extreme Factions of the Hunting Lobby
The U.S. House said one thing today and did another. Lawmakers in support of H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, talked about helping sportsmen and the tradition of hunting and conservation. But in the legislation they passed today, they have done almost nothing . . .
Wolves, Bears, and Other Imperiled Wildlife in Crosshairs of Bill Set for Action in U.S. House Today
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives takes up a bill that amounts to a grab bag of destructive measures related to trophy hunting, predator killing, and wildlife poisoning under the innocuous-sounding name of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2406). . . .
Super Market News: First Major Traditional Grocer Going Cage-Free
In an announcement that will ripple across the supermarket and grocery sector, Ahold — one of the nation’s largest grocers and owner of the Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s, and Peapod brands — announced today that it’s switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2022. In a . . .
HSI Conducts Biggest Ever Rescue of Dogs From the Meat Trade in South Korea
The worst form of dog abuse in the world – in raw numbers and intensity of suffering – is flourishing in South Korea. In that industrialized nation, there are 17,000 dog meat farms operating mainly in rural enclaves and responsible for a scale of exploitation that . . .
Ag Lobby Pushes Right to Harm While it Works to Stifle Free Speech
It’s remarkable to see so many companies – whether food retailers like McDonald’s and Costco, or major agricultural producers like Smithfield – recognizing that animal welfare matters, and making major adjustments in their business models to adapt to that reality. At the same time, many animal . . .
HSUS 2015 Report Shows Organizational Growth, Cruelty Prevented, Animals Saved
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 » Today, we officially release our 2015 annual report. I hope you’ll read it and take pride in . . .
Cage-Free Taking Over Breakfast Menus Everywhere, Including at IHOP
Today, there’s a new and very big name pledging to join the cage-free movement: IHOP, the enormous breakfast restaurant chain known for its stacks of pancakes and variety of omelets. Following discussions between The HSUS and DineEquity – which owns both IHOP and Applebee’s – the company has pledged to phase . . .
Dogfighting Doesn’t Pay in Peoria or Kalamazoo or Anywhere Else Any Longer
It was a bitterly cold day in Kalamazoo, Michigan, yesterday when HSUS experts and local law enforcement authorities arrived at the property of a previously convicted dogfighter, Kelvin Eric Thomas. The HSUS was instrumental in Thomas’s arrest just three years back, rescuing 32 dogs from his . . .
Time to End Florida’s Mandate Requiring Greyhound Racing
At a time when nearly 40 states ban greyhound racing, largely for humane reasons, it seems upside down that any state would actually mandate the practice. Yet that’s exactly what Florida does. Florida’s live-racing mandate requires racetracks to conduct a certain number of greyhound races if . . .
Here Comes the Humane Economy
Today, The HSUS announced the April release of my forthcoming book, The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals. I’m excited about embarking on a national tour to speak about the themes of the book, and in many cities I’ll . . .
Breaking News: Trader Joe’s Going Cage-Free
Trader Joe’s—one of the nation’s largest grocers with nearly 500 locations—confirmed that it’s switching 100 percent of the eggs on its shelves to cage-free. Its locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington will be exclusively cage-free by 2020 (about half its total . . .