Archive for July, 2016

No more gravy train for big meat?

By on July 14, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No more gravy train for big meat?

Two of the youngest members of the Senate, who often come at the nation’s business from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, have found common purpose in the drive to reform a series of federal government . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration closes loophole and forbids slaughtering downer calves

By on July 13, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 61 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Obama Administration closes loophole and forbids slaughtering downer calves

Today, in yet another pro-animal rulemaking action, the Obama Administration made final a rule banning the slaughter of downer calves – an issue The HSUS put on the national radar screen with a pair of damning undercover investigations that threw back the curtain on the . . . 

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Time for feds to take anti-puppy-mill fight to next level

By on July 12, 2016 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 26 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time for feds to take anti-puppy-mill fight to next level

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been charged by Congress to license and inspect commercial pet breeders that sell puppies to pet stores or via the Internet. While we’ve lauded some recent actions of the USDA to crack down on the worst breeders, we’ve long . . . 

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Time to fight maneuver by Alaska congressman to allow trophy hunters, on parks and refuges, to spot grizzlies from planes and shoot them

Time to fight maneuver by Alaska congressman to allow trophy hunters, on parks and refuges, to spot grizzlies from planes and shoot them

A Congressman who shot a grizzly bear and pinned the animal to a wall in his Washington, D.C. office is trying to subvert two closely related federal rulemaking actions that would stop some of the most ruthless predator-killing practices on the most important of our . . . 

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No matter how fast they run, Pamplona’s bulls are doomed

By on July 8, 2016 in Humane Society International with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No matter how fast they run, Pamplona’s bulls are doomed

It’s cruelty masquerading as celebration. Terrorized animals, thrust into a world of screaming, slick surfaces, physical torment, and, in the end, serial, protracted stabbing. It’s the annual eight-day running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, as four dozen animals are chased down narrow cobblestone streets . . . 

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U.S. needs to join Europe in actively condemning Japan’s whaling masquerade

By on July 7, 2016 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
U.S. needs to join Europe in actively condemning Japan’s whaling masquerade

It was a shot heard round the world when, in March 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s program of whaling in Antarctica was not in accord with the provisions of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Japan cancelled the program, . . . 

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A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

By on July 6, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

Step into a smallish elevator. Have a dozen others file in and fill it up, so much so that shoulders are pressed against one another from wall to wall. The elevator breaks down. The lights go out. Panic sets in. “I’ve got to get out . . . 

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Little Red Riding Hood and other big fat lies about wolves

Little Red Riding Hood and other big fat lies about wolves

The battle over protecting wolves continues to rage in Congress, with anti-wolf lawmakers attaching riders to major bills to try to undo federal court rulings and put Congress in charge of deciding which species warrant endangered species protection and which do not. The Obama Administration, . . . 

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Texas law banning finning goes into effect in the heat of Shark Week

Texas law banning finning goes into effect in the heat of Shark Week

In the midst of Shark Week, there’s some reason for hope for these much-battered species. In Texas, a law banning the sale of shark fins takes effect today, and that’s especially significant because Texas is the first of the Gulf Coast states to adopt a . . . 

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