Archive for April, 2016

Oklahoma Bill to Defund Animal Welfare Organizations Dies a Merciful Death

Oklahoma Bill to Defund Animal Welfare Organizations Dies a Merciful Death

Through the platform of A Humane Nation, I report on so many good developments for animals — from retailers switching to cage-free or crate-free animal products, to major companies going fur-free, to the swell of global outrage over the killing of endangered animals for trophies . . . 

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A Burst of Federal Rulemaking May Help Millions of Animals

A Burst of Federal Rulemaking May Help Millions of Animals

Last week was a big one for animal protection. Walmart announced it would go cage-free for its egg purchases, and a number of other retailers did the same. “In a virtual tidal wave of announcements, nearly 100 retailers, restaurants, food manufacturers and food service companies have . . . 

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HSI Investigation Throws Back Curtain on Yulin Dog Meat Festival

By on April 8, 2016 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 78 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSI Investigation Throws Back Curtain on Yulin Dog Meat Festival

It was a horrible sight to witness, says Peter Li, China Specialist for Humane Society International. In the infamous slaughterhouses of Yulin, China, groups of dogs huddled in cages, trembling, silent, hyper-alert to their awaited fate. The dogs had been dropped off by trucks coming in from . . . 

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USDA Proposes New Rules for ‘Organic’ Standards – Fortifying Protections for Farm Animals

By on April 7, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA Proposes New Rules for ‘Organic’ Standards – Fortifying Protections for Farm Animals

The legal definition of “organic” didn’t translate into much in the way of practical protections for animals on the farm when it was adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2000.  But today the Obama Administration has proposed a revamped definition for the “organic” . . . 

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Street Sense Isn’t Enough for Street Dogs

By on April 6, 2016 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Street Sense Isn’t Enough for Street Dogs

In so many countries throughout the world lacking a humane infrastructure, millions of dogs wander the streets, lonely and often hungry. Many of these nations control strays by poisoning or even clubbing the animals. Humane Society International has been leading the fight to control street . . . 

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Breaking News: Walmart, the Nation’s Biggest Food Seller, Says No to Cage Confinement for Hens

By on April 5, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 86 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Walmart, the Nation’s Biggest Food Seller, Says No to Cage Confinement for Hens

After working with The HSUS, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and America’s biggest food seller accounting for 25 percent of all groceries sold in the United States, announced today that it intends to source all of its eggs from cage-free sources. The policy will be fully . . . 

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USDA Plans Its Own Big Step — To Strengthen Horse Protection Act and Crack Down on Soring

By on April 4, 2016 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 21 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA Plans Its Own Big Step — To Strengthen Horse Protection Act and Crack Down on Soring

With the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry showing no willingness to root out the abuse festering in its ranks, the Obama Administration has signaled  readiness to take further measures  to crack down on the cruel practice of “soring.” Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . 

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More Reflections on the SeaWorld Agreement

More Reflections on the SeaWorld Agreement

Today, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby and I sent a letter to President Obama urging him to use a wide range of diplomatic tools to pressure Japan to end its commercial whaling activities and to stop contravening international law by slaughtering hundreds of innocent whales. Manby has . . . 

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