Archive for 2016

If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

By on November 28, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
If you dig tortoises, this program is for you

A year ago, I would not have imagined I’d spend this Thanksgiving holiday with a shovel in hand, covered in powdery dirt, and digging 10 feet deep into the ground to find 15- to 30-pound gopher tortoises in central Florida. It’s a bit of a . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time . . . 

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Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

By on November 22, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 19 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Nobody eats wolves. If you’re a meat eater, it’s one thing to hunt deer or some other wild animals and consume them. It’s another matter to go on a head-hunting exercise, or just kill for the thrill of it. In the lame-duck session of Congress, . . . 

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Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

By on November 21, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Silver State comes in last place on exotic pet ownership

Earlier this month, a woman on the run from authorities in Texas fled to Nevada with her collection of tigers, monkeys, a fox, and a skunk — and her 14-year-old daughter who was living under the same roof as the wild animals. A California couple, . . . 

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Delisting a disaster for grizzlies

By on November 18, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Delisting a disaster for grizzlies

The Obama Administration has done a lot of things right, but it’s not been good to grizzly bears. It’s worked to delist these big bruins from the Endangered Species Act, even though the time is not ripe to do so. Special interest groups – including . . . 

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Federal appeals court tosses challenge to landmark California farm animal protection law

By on November 17, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal appeals court tosses challenge to landmark California farm animal protection law

On the heels of the resounding affirmation of Question 3 by voters in Massachusetts – which stops not just extreme confinement of farm animals but also the sale of animal products from factory farms that employ those methods – the nation’s biggest federal appellate court . . . 

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Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

Puppy mill cruelty rears its head in Iowa

A photo this week of George W. and Laura Bush’s new puppy, adopted from the SPCA of Texas, reminds us that our previous Republican president and his wife are avowed animal lovers. Their compassion also reminds us that so many tens of millions of us . . . 

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Obama should put a ribbon on anti-soring rule before Inauguration Day

By on November 15, 2016 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 19 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Obama should put a ribbon on anti-soring rule before Inauguration Day

The incoming Trump team, along with leaders from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, have signaled to the Obama team that they want to see new rulemaking actions frozen. This is a bit of a ritual during any transfer of partisan power in . . . 

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Some important, diverse international
gains for us

By on November 14, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Some important, diverse international <br>gains for us

Humane Society International, which works around the world on issues ranging from fighting wildlife trafficking to ending the dog meat trade and abuse of farm animals, is celebrating a number of victories in recent days: Vietnam destroys two tons of ivory and rhino horn Vietnam . . . 

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Battling for bobcats in Illinois and throughout the nation

By on November 11, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Battling for bobcats in Illinois and throughout the nation

This week, Illinois reopened its first bobcat hunt in more than 40 years. In the days to come, many of these small but beautiful creatures – only slightly larger than the average housecat – will be chased down by packs of dogs, shot with guns . . . 

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A Trump administration and animal protection

A Trump administration and animal protection

In the United States, we fight like cats and dogs during elections. But in their aftermath, we’re not nearly as forgiving as creatures who get into a scrape and then put the tussle behind them. The nation has just gone through a tough battle, with . . . 

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Voters say ‘no’ to factory farming, wildlife trafficking

Voters say ‘no’ to factory farming, wildlife trafficking

On a day when our divisions have been lain bare by the results of the presidential election – where the two candidates evenly split the popular vote in a race characterized by extreme bitterness – we again demonstrated that promoting protections for animals is a . . . 

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