Archive for September, 2016
Montreal fumbles the ball with breed-specific dog ban
Montreal is bucking a North American trend by enacting an ordinance that bans “pit bull” and “pit bull type” dogs within city limits, setting the stage for the possible euthanasia of hundreds of dogs who’ve done nothing wrong and are targeted solely because of how . . .
SeaWorld sees food in a new light
When I announced with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby in March that the theme park would stop breeding orcas at all of its operations, I emphasized that the pledge was just one element of a bigger set of commitments from the company on animal welfare. (Last . . .
The HSUS helps rescue 150 dogs, cats, goats from North Carolina puppy mill
It’s happened in North Carolina again – not a civil rights controversy or a boycott, but yet another case of animal cruelty exposed. The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the HSUS Animal Rescue Team to deliver 105 dogs from the bowels of yet . . .
Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere
Today, Burger King — via its parent company Restaurant Brands International — became the first major fast food chain to set a timeline for switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork in its entire supply chain in Latin America. In 2012, our . . .
Former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson joins fight to save New York Blood Center chimps
EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » I was so pleased to be joined by former New Mexico governor and United Nations ambassador Bill . . .
A stay of execution for 31 more dogs from South Korea
Humane Society International’s campaign to stop the slaughter of dogs for meat is unremitting, and today we are announcing that 31 dogs on the verge of being butchered after living on a South Korean dog meat farm are bound for the United States. The dogs . . .
So much at stake as 183 nations gather to address wildlife trade
Governments play a big part in combating the legal and illegal international trade in wildlife. This Saturday, a United Nations conference, known as CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), will begin its deliberations and consider proposals at . . .
The long march to secure a strong legal framework for animal protection
Today, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., tried to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 1831, on the Senate floor. He was pitch-perfect in making the case for the enactment of a federal anti-cruelty statute to punish people who do the worst things . . .
Court affirms European ban on cruel cosmetics
Blinding, poisoning, and killing animals in the name of beauty has never stood a chance in the court of public opinion. But it’s survived for too long as a legal enterprise because industry has thwarted reform with pretenses about the lack of alternatives, and politicians . . .
States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms
Today, my colleague Paul Shapiro participated in a debate sponsored by WBUR, The Boston Globe, and UMass Boston about Question 3 – the statewide ballot measure in the Commonwealth that bans cage confinement of veal calves, breeding sows, and laying hens, and also stipulates that . . .
BLM chief says no mass killing for our American wild horses and burros
The Bureau of Land Management put many people at ease when it declared it would reject the recommendation made last week by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board to euthanize up to 45,000 wild horses and burros in government-funded holding facilities. This recommendation . . .
Breaking news: U.S. Senate clears bill to curb wildlife trafficking
Last night, the U.S. Senate acted to curb wildlife trafficking when it passed the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act (H.R. 2494), sending it back to the House for final action. This bipartisan legislation, which was championed by Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and . . .