Archive for March, 2016

Federal Government Says Added Protections for Elephants, Pangolins May Be Warranted

Federal Government Says Added Protections for Elephants, Pangolins May Be Warranted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will consider increasing Endangered Species Act protections for elephants and pangolins, two species whose populations have declined drastically in recent decades due to murderous and unrelenting poaching, habitat destruction, and trophy hunting. The announcement, made today, follows . . . 

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West Virginia Lawmakers Get the Job Done for Animals, As Session Closes With Two Big Wins

West Virginia Lawmakers Get the Job Done for Animals, As Session Closes With Two Big Wins

West Virginia’s legislative session wrapped up this weekend, with some good outcomes on animal issues that are more challenging than they might appear at first glance. Our allies in the legislature did a great job. They ran out the clock and blocked an effort to . . . 

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Building a Bridge, Not a Wall, to Mexico on Animal Welfare

Building a Bridge, Not a Wall, to Mexico on Animal Welfare

Those running for President of the United States sure talk about Mexico a lot. So we figured we should too. Humane Society International opened an office in Mexico City last week, hosting a well-attended event that brought together legislators, food companies, government officials, celebrities, and . . . 

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So Many Individuals, Corporations Stepping Up in Support of Animal Protection

By on March 10, 2016 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
So Many Individuals, Corporations Stepping Up in Support of Animal Protection

We are running a campaign to ask people to be a hero for animals by supporting The HSUS. When people do step up, things happen for the good of animals. But there are so many ways in which people and the institutions they represent can help. . . . 

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Try Sending a Lifeline to Puppy Mill Operators

Oklahoma Lawmakers Try Sending a Lifeline to Puppy Mill Operators

Our lifesaving raid on a puppy mill in Madison County, Arkansas, last week – where our team, working with law enforcement, rescued 295 dogs who were covered in filth and feces and denied access to clean water or any kind of medical care – got . . . 

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Hawaii Has Become a Destination – for Ivory Traffickers

Hawaii Has Become a Destination – for Ivory Traffickers

With New Jersey, New York, and most recently California, having cracked down on sales of ivory, Hawaii now moves into the spotlight. This state, known for its distinct natural beauty, is also a hotbed for illegal ivory sales. The good news is, The HSUS and . . . 

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Canada Bleeding Millions on Cruel Seal Hunt

By on March 7, 2016 in Uncategorized with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Canada Bleeding Millions on Cruel Seal Hunt

In my forthcoming book, The Humane Economy, I explore the many ways that businesses and governments can do better for themselves and for the rest of us if they embrace animal welfare as a core concern. What has become apparent in recent decades is that . . . 

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Rescuers Pull 295 Dogs From Arkansas Puppy Mill of Horrors

By on March 4, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 38 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Rescuers Pull 295 Dogs From Arkansas Puppy Mill of Horrors

There’s no better evidence of our efforts to root out cruelty and exploitation than our operation yesterday at a miserable puppy mill in Madison County, Arkansas. In cooperation with local law enforcement, our Animal Rescue Team found hundreds of animals in extreme distress, many of . . . 

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My Exclusive Interview, on Wildlife Protection, With President Barack Obama

My Exclusive Interview, on Wildlife Protection, With President Barack Obama

We’ve been working with President Barack Obama and a number of his cabinet secretaries and executive agency staff on a wide range of animal welfare policies during the last seven years — from preventing horse slaughter plants from opening up to halting the slaughter of . . . 

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Try to Defund Animal Organizations

Oklahoma Lawmakers Try to Defund Animal Organizations

Through the years, I’ve seen a lot of extraordinarily ill-informed, poorly articulated arguments made in public settings by people trying to stand in the way of progress for animals. But rarely have I seen such a spectacle as I witnessed yesterday (watching online) on the . . . 

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There is a New Normal in the Egg Industry, and it’s Cage-Free

By on March 1, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
There is a New Normal in the Egg Industry, and it’s Cage-Free

Today Albertsons, one of the largest food retailers in the country and owner of many of the biggest brands in the supermarket business (Safeway, Albertsons, Shaws, Pavilions, Star, and Vons), announced it will switch to exclusively selling cage-free eggs. The company joins Costco, Trader Joe’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Ahold in the category of major grocery . . . 

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