Archive for March, 2017

HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

Today, we officially release our 2016 annual report. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of issues and challenges. Below, I’ve closely reproduced my President’s essay from the report. I’m proud to note that . . . 

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Alaskans say no to using aircraft, cruel traps to kill grizzlies on national wildlife refuges

Alaskans say no to using aircraft, cruel traps to kill grizzlies on national wildlife refuges

When we worked to outlaw cockfighting in the last U.S. state where it was legal, we knew that the people of Louisiana didn’t support the practice and had their own aspirations of banning such blood spectacles in their state. The politicians there had it wrong . . . 

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The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

By on March 13, 2017 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

I’ll get to that matter, but some background first. In 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to adopt felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty. That action puts an exclamation point on the notion that opposition to the worst forms of cruelty is a universal value . . . 

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Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Legislative activity is furious at the federal and state level. This week, lawmakers introduced three new animal protection bills (banning the sale of dog and cat meat in the United States, creating a federal anti-cruelty statute, and outlawing the sale of shark fins). Next week, . . . 

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Animal protection is neither right nor left – but forward

By on March 9, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal protection is neither right nor left – but forward

A couple months ago, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura adopted a puppy from the SPCA of Texas. In a Facebook post announcing the arrival of Freddy Bush, the 43rd president advocated for adoption: “If you could use a little extra joy . . . 

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Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

By on March 8, 2017 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

It’s an alarming and revealing photo – a group of four game wardens in Kenya, guns in hand, surrounding a large adult male northern white rhino. That picture tells two stories: one revealing human avarice, but the other reminding us of human grace and resolve . . . 

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Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

If we are going to ask the rest of the world to end the era of dog- and cat-meat consumption, we have to establish a bright-line legal standard against the practice in the United States. We took one big step toward achieving that goal today . . . 

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Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday, all but clearing the way for the state to allow an open season on the small population . . . 

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Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

So much for sober-minded consultation, careful study of the data, and thoughtful analysis from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other experts on his staff. Before the chair in his office was even warm, and just after he dismounted from his horse, Interior Secretary . . . 

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Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

By on March 2, 2017 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

In an important ruling for dogs and a critical ruling for all animals protected by local and state laws, a federal appeals court today upheld New York City’s law restricting pet stores to selling only dogs obtained from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of . . . 

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My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

By on March 1, 2017 in Humane Economy with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

On this blog, I write about urgent battles for animals, answer the critics and adversaries of animal protection, and comment on trends and major news in the world of animal protection. But I also see this as a platform for big thinkers who associate themselves . . . 

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