Archive for 2016

Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

By on December 14, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Equine with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Riding to the rescue of Puerto Rico’s horses

Vieques is a small island off mainland Puerto Rico, known for one of the world’s most remarkable bioluminescent bays, and for its beautiful, free-roaming horses. Months ago, the mayor of this island, Victor Emeric, called us after he learned about the work we have been . . . 

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Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

Breaking news: Massive South Korean dog market shuttered by city government

Officials in the city of Seongnam today announced that they will permanently shutter the dog meat section of Moran Market, South Korea’s largest dog meat market. It is by far the biggest single blow ever against the dog meat trade in the country, and with . . . 

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Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

By on December 12, 2016 in Companion Animals, Humane Society International with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Mexico moves toward national ban on dogfighting

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (the analog to our U.S. House of Representatives) gave its approval to national anti-dogfighting legislation, bringing us one major step closer to a countrywide ban on the barbaric practice. Many among Mexico’s 31 states and one federal district forbid . . . 

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Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

The HSUS uses videos as a key instrument in our campaign to tell the story of our human relationships with animals. Nothing tells the story better. Some of these videos chronicle uplifting happenings – animals rescued and then placed in forever homes, or formerly abused . . . 

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Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

By on December 8, 2016 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

In Ohio, last night, it was the best of times and the worst of times. As the state legislature closed in on the end of its lame-duck session, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that became a veritable Christmas tree of issues, including . . . 

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The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County, the staff treats a wide range of native animals who are in some kind of trouble. But when a call came in from a hiker who claimed to have found a sick bald eagle . . . 

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Redux on wolves in Michigan

By on December 6, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Redux on wolves in Michigan

One of the most disturbing and sobering examples of the misuse of political power comes out of Michigan – and it has nothing to do with the astonishingly close presidential race of 2016. It concerns the unusual, years-long obsession of a few lawmakers who want . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include . . . 

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Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

The HSUS and Humane Society International are the rare humane organizations with very active and robust wildlife protection programs. We fight for species and habitats, but also against cruelty to individual wild animals, whether scarce or abundant. That latter instinct is what leads us to . . . 

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Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

Each December, I write a series of blogs running through the big accomplishments of the year for The HSUS, Humane Society International, and other affiliates, by area of focus. Today, I offer the first in this series, covering the blaze of progress for farm animals. . . . 

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Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Journalist Marc Gunther’s detailed profile of The HSUS and me in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights our aggressive yet mainstream approach to driving transformational change for animals over the last decade. The HSUS and its affiliates have fortified the legal framework . . . 

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Daniel in the lying den

By on November 29, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Daniel in the lying den

In March, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team freed about 300 animals from the horrors of an Arkansas puppy mill, which confined living dogs among their dead and decomposing kin. Inside a dilapidated shed filled with trash and used equipment, our team found Daniel, a little . . . 

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