Archive for 2016

Breaking news: U.S. says `no way’ to trophy imports from South African canned lion hunts

Breaking news: U.S. says `no way’ to trophy imports from South African canned lion hunts

Starting today, the United States will not allow the import of captive-bred lion trophies from South Africa – the world’s leading lion trophy hunting nation by a long shot (600 of the 700 lion trophies that come into the United States each year are from . . . 

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In wake of Zanesville tragedy, five states still have no rules on private ownership of dangerous animals

In wake of Zanesville tragedy, five states still have no rules on private ownership of dangerous animals

This week marks the five-year anniversary of perhaps the saddest incident in the nation’s history related to the private ownership of dangerous exotic wildlife. In Zanesville, Ohio, a mentally disturbed man released his private menagerie of 50 tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and primates before . . . 

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Pedals’ slaying creates momentum in New Jersey to ban bear trophy hunting

By on October 19, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pedals’ slaying creates momentum in New Jersey to ban bear trophy hunting

With the apparent killing of Pedals last week, and the slaying of more than 500 other black bears in New Jersey, it’s clear that something’s rotten in the Garden State. In a frenzy of killing the state’s small population of bruins, trophy hunters killed 562 . . . 

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Colorado’s Amendment 71 an attack on voting rights, animal welfare

By on October 18, 2016 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Colorado’s Amendment 71 an attack on voting rights, animal welfare

Special interest groups and some Colorado politicians have crafted a constitutional amendment, Amendment 71, that masquerades as an election reform proposal but really amounts to an attack on the voting rights of the citizenry. If approved, it will disable future efforts to advance animal welfare . . . 

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Time for Maine to turn the page on LePage

Time for Maine to turn the page on LePage

It’s quite amazing that Maine governor Paul LePage, in successive, three-way races, won two gubernatorial elections – in the conservative wave election in 2010, with 38 percent of the vote, and then in 2014, by getting 48 percent in the mid-term election. Even though he . . . 

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The HSUS assists with lawsuit against online puppy marketplace

By on October 14, 2016 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The HSUS assists with lawsuit against online puppy marketplace

Consumers who say they bought dogs advertised online, only to find out that the animals they grew to love were already suffering from various illnesses when they purchased them, today filed a lawsuit against the online puppy marketplace PuppyFind.com. The lawsuit, filed by the Arizona . . . 

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Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Our disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues in South Carolina, after our transfer of nearly 100 dogs from shelters there ahead of the storm. We’ve been on the ground in that state since last week, assisting in rescue and relief, which . . . 

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TripAdvisor says ‘no’ to animal exploitation

TripAdvisor says ‘no’ to animal exploitation

We vote for or against cruelty with our dollars, and that includes travel spending. So it was with great excitement that we learned that TripAdvisor, an online travel company that guides millions of tourist decisions, has launched a “no touching of wild animals” policy, whereby . . . 

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Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

By on October 11, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

In what may be one of the most surprising investment announcements of any type — a man-bites-dog scenario in the business world — Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat companies, has now become a significant investor in Beyond Meat (The HSUS has made . . . 

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The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

The HSUS responds in wake of destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew

Partly because of the enormous interest in the Presidential race, Hurricane Matthew – a massive storm that affected an enormous area of Florida and contributed to immense flooding in the Carolinas – has not gotten the focus it would have otherwise attracted in the national . . . 

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Judge stays Montreal’s reckless and ineffective breed ban ordinance

Judge stays Montreal’s reckless and ineffective breed ban ordinance

In a judicial act that counts as both a reprieve for pet owners and a stay of execution for dogs, Quebec’s Superior Court has temporarily suspended Montreal’s widely condemned pit bull ban, in response to a request for injunction filed by our friends at the . . . 

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Voters in six states to make crucial decisions for animals on November ballot

Voters in six states to make crucial decisions for animals on November ballot

Our cause has made some of its most tangible gains by qualifying and passing ballot initiatives in the last quarter century, bringing issues directly to voters when lawmakers won’t take action on common-sense reforms. Since The HSUS and The Fund for Animals put their shoulders . . . 

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