Archive for 2016

Crushing Gas Chambers and Closing Out an Ugly Era of Killing

By on February 11, 2016 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Crushing Gas Chambers and Closing Out an Ugly Era of Killing

We are methodically moving forward, facility by facility and state by state, in our quest to ensure that no pet ever faces death inside a carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chamber. On January 26th, the City of Elko, Nevada, decommissioned its carbon monoxide gas . . . 

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Lead in Water – and on Land, in Forests, and in Streams

By on February 10, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lead in Water – and on Land, in Forests, and in Streams

Organ failure, paralysis of the tongue and talons, respiratory failure – these were just some of the symptoms exhibited by a golden eagle found flopping on the ground not long ago by California Fish and Game wardens. The bird was rushed to a northern California . . . 

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden, Draggin’ Federal Rule?

Crouching Tiger, Hidden, Draggin’ Federal Rule?

In addition to the cruelty they spawn, so many animal-use enterprises – from puppy mills to animal fighting operations – pass on costs to the rest of society, including the cost of care for confiscated and discarded animals who need medical attention and lifetime homes. The exotic animal . . . 

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Time for the United States to Enact a Federal Anti-Cruelty Statute

Time for the United States to Enact a Federal Anti-Cruelty Statute

In May 2015, in Temecula, California, a U.S. Marine couple living at Camp Pendleton were accused of shattering their dog’s legs and binding his mouth with rubber bands for days. In a case like this the state can prosecute under its anti-cruelty statute, but given that . . . 

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Federal Lands Belong to All of Us – Whether In Oregon, Alaska, or Elsewhere

By on February 5, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Lands Belong to All of Us – Whether In Oregon, Alaska, or Elsewhere

Something very anti-American has been happening in our nation. The bonds that have traditionally held us together are popping loose here and there. To my way of thinking, not enough of us – particularly those who claim social leadership – have been speaking out in alarm. . . . 

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How Has Ohio Become a Cockfighting Capital?

By on February 4, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
How Has Ohio Become a Cockfighting Capital?

Two recent incidents in Youngstown, Ohio, provide more evidence of how rampant cockfighting is in the state. Despite an agreement reached between The HSUS, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Poultry Association in 2010 to strengthen the state’s anti-cockfighting law, a handful of lawmakers have . . . 

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Slaying of Cecil Haunts Safari Club, as Group Gathers in Vegas

By on February 3, 2016 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Slaying of Cecil Haunts Safari Club, as Group Gathers in Vegas

For years, the trophy-hunting crowd has treated the world as its playground. They’ve viewed rare creatures as collectibles, assuming that lavish spending on guides, outfitters, and foreign governments entitled them to do as they please in shooting up wildlife. This week, members of Safari Club International . . . 

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USDA Lab Results Show Horse Soring Crowd Looks More Than Ever Like Organized Criminals

By on February 2, 2016 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
USDA Lab Results Show Horse Soring Crowd Looks More Than Ever Like Organized Criminals

Trainers and owners in the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee Walking horse show world are addicted to injuring horses and breaking federal and state laws against animal cruelty in order to win ribbons at major horse shows. For evidence of that, look no further . . . 

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Super Sonic Progress on Animal Welfare, Even as Trade Groups Dig In

By on February 1, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Super Sonic Progress on Animal Welfare, Even as Trade Groups Dig In

Today, several of America’s biggest food retailers, including Sonic, a national fast-food chain based in Oklahoma City, announced new policies to make all eggs in their supply chain cage-free. It’s part of a corporate revolution that is rejecting extreme confinement of farm animals and embracing animal . . . 

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Breaking news: Captive Orcas, Dolphins to Get New Federal Protections

By on January 29, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 22 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Captive Orcas, Dolphins to Get New Federal Protections

Today, after a two-decade wait, we celebrate the release of a proposed federal rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve standards for the handling, care, and housing of captive marine mammals, mainly at aquariums and marine parks. It is an important animal . . . 

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Furry Celebs in the Spotlight for National Campaign to Promote Pet Adoption

By on January 29, 2016 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Furry Celebs in the Spotlight for National Campaign to Promote Pet Adoption

You’ve probably gotten at least a glimpse of these Internet celebrities in viral videos or social media feeds: Toast Meets World, a toothless King Charles puppy mill rescue who has 342,000 Instagram followers; Bento the Keyboard Cat, who plays that electronic instrument not quite as . . . 

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‘Judge Me by the Enemies I Have Made’

By on January 28, 2016 in Opposition with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Judge Me by the Enemies I Have Made’

More than anything, The HSUS is about one purpose: making tangible progress to stop animal cruelty. Our determined work for all animals wins us millions of supporters. But it also stirs the passions and fears of special interests and individuals who make a profit or get . . . 

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