Archive for August, 2016

Ohio trophy hunter’s appalling conduct reminds us why the law must speak

By on August 15, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 36 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ohio trophy hunter’s appalling conduct reminds us why the law must speak

I’ve been devoted to animal protection for 30 years, and while I’ve seen extraordinary cases of heroism and sacrifice, I’ve also seen so many unconscionable acts of cruelty—so much pain and disregard for the value of life. While I often think I’ve seen everything, there . . . 

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A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

I’ve said before that there’s no group like The HSUS—operating on a global scale, advocating for all animals, using every reasonable avenue and approach, and doing it with remarkable impact and force. Yesterday alone provides a great example, with progress on multiple fronts. I wrote . . . 

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NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

By on August 11, 2016 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released an official plan for the retirement to permanent sanctuary of the hundreds of government-owned and -supported chimpanzees, paving the way for the movement of these chimpanzees to commence in earnest. Back in November, after prior announcements . . . 

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Puppy mill dogs rescued in big sky country

By on August 10, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 31 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Puppy mill dogs rescued in big sky country

Just a few days ago, in Lincoln County, Montana, law enforcement officials and HSUS Animal Rescue Team members discovered dozens of animals in dire need. By the end of the day, these rescuers had saved 53 dogs—mostly poodles bred for sale through a personal website . . . 

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Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

In the largest request for action we’ve ever submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), The HSUS has asked the FTC to enforce federal consumer protection laws against 17 retailers—including Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom—for selling falsely advertised or labeled animal fur garments or . . . 

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Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

By on August 8, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

Yesterday, on its front page, the Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard reported on the animal protection movement’s running the table with major American food retailers on the issue of cage confinement of hens. They are all converting to cage-free, as I’ve written about numerous times in . . . 

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Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

By on August 5, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Investigations with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

This week, the FBI with assistance from The HSUS raided one of the biggest cockfighting pits in the United States, in Citronelle, Alabama—a facility that, while empty when the raid occurred, had multiple pits and enough satellite sheds to house more than 1,000 fighting roosters . . . 

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Congressional battle looms over new policy to tamp down ruthless predator control on federal lands in Alaska

By on August 4, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Congressional battle looms over new policy to tamp down ruthless predator control on federal lands in Alaska

Denali National Park’s East Fork wolf pack has been decimated by human killing, according to experts who spoke yesterday to Alaska Public Radio. The den site for a key female in the pack is vacant, and it appears that trophy hunters and trappers have snared . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama administration grounds aerial hunting, other inhumane predator-killing practices on refuges in Alaska

Breaking news: Obama administration grounds aerial hunting, other inhumane predator-killing practices on refuges in Alaska

This is a landmark day for some of the nation’s most majestic, recognizable, and woefully mistreated wild animals. And “landmark” barely says enough. I’m delighted to report that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has followed the National Park Service in prohibiting some of the . . . 

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McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

By on August 2, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

Today, McDonald’s ran full-page print advertisements in major newspapers to announce that its outlets are now selling chicken free of medically important antibiotics, an important gain for public health. A number of major chicken producers responded to McDonald’s decision and have pledged to phase out . . . 

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Time to get the lead out of federal wildlife management policies

By on August 1, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time to get the lead out of federal wildlife management policies

It was just a few months ago that America watched Flint unpack boxes of bottled water in the midst of battle against lead contamination in its municipal water supply. Arrests followed, since reckless managers put lives at risk, particularly children who drank contaminated water. We’ve . . . 

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