Archive for June, 2016

National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

By on June 14, 2016 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

It was extraordinarily good news in March when SeaWorld, in cooperation with The HSUS, announced it would end the breeding of orcas and phase out its orca theatrical shows. Today, another big-name brand in the world of captive display of marine creatures has made a far-reaching . . . 

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Time for the United States to set rules for horse racing

By on June 13, 2016 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time for the United States to set rules for horse racing

Even though there is no intentional injury brought upon its equine competitors, the horse racing industry has long been an outlier in the humane economy. It has resisted reforms of any kind for decades, and its popularity and resonance with the American public has sharply declined. That’s partly because so many in the organized horse-racing world are not . . . 

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Grizzly bear war starts in earnest

Grizzly bear war starts in earnest

The HSUS today fired the first shot in its legal campaign to prevent trophy hunting of grizzly bears. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service having announced plans to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana are . . . 

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Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

By on June 9, 2016 in Companion Animals, Humane Economy with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

Last week, Hollywood, Florida, became the 150th locale in the country to enact a pet shop ordinance banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, as a tool to dry up the markets for puppy mill operators. More than 40 cities have passed similar . . . 

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Congress sends landmark bill to reduce animal use in chemical testing to Obama

Congress sends landmark bill to reduce animal use in chemical testing to Obama

Last night, the Senate gave final approval to a bill that revamps a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals. The bill contains – for the first time in any broader environmental and health protection statute – an explicit decree from Congress to minimize . . . 

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Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

An undercover investigation by The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England’s largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, including Massachusetts, where volunteers are just finishing gathering signatures to place a measure on November’s ballot. . . . 

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Worse than having a tiger by the tail

By on June 6, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Worse than having a tiger by the tail

The Thai authorities had seen enough. The discovery of 60 dead tiger cubs—frozen or preserved in jars—at a so-called tiger sanctuary operated by Buddhist monks in Thailand sparked worldwide outrage, and pressure on the government was mounting to do something. In recent days, authorities did take . . . 

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Turning off the gas on last gas chamber in California

Turning off the gas on last gas chamber in California

Today, we saw the closure of the last known asphyxiant gas chamber operating at a California animal shelter. If there is euthanasia of healthy animals in that state – and we hope to see that end soon enough, too – dogs and cats will not . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. restricts commercial ivory trade, with China expected to follow

Breaking news: U.S. restricts commercial ivory trade, with China expected to follow

The United States today announced a near-complete ban on the commercial ivory trade, marking a historic step forward in ending the global elephant poaching crisis. This is just the latest of nearly three dozen major rulemaking actions addressing animal protection concerns during President Obama’s two . . . 

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Breaking news: Feds, The HSUS rescue 66 dogs from dogfighting operations in several states

By on June 1, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 33 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Feds, The HSUS rescue 66 dogs from dogfighting operations in several states

This morning, at properties in five states as far afield as New Jersey and New Mexico, The HSUS assisted federal law enforcement agents in rescuing 66 dogs from a suspected dogfighting ring. Nine people have been charged with participating in an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. The news is breaking now, . . . 

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