Archive for May, 2017

New documentary takes aim at sled dog industry

By on May 12, 2017 in Companion Animals with 26 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New documentary takes aim at sled dog industry

It was a horror story that made headlines throughout Canada and the rest of North America. The operator of a recreational sled dog company ordered the execution of 56 sled dogs in Whistler, British Columbia, after a downturn in tourist bookings following the 2010 Winter . . . 

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Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

By on May 11, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 26 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

First, on January 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) froze an anti-horse-soring rule, years in the works and with massive bipartisan support in Congress. Then, just days later, the agency, without warning, took down thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and Horse Protection . . . 

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New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

Take a good, hard look at our latest Horrible Hundred report – which is based on our research team scouring federal and state inspection reports of large-scale dog-breeding operations throughout the United States and giving a red card to some of the worst operators. It . . . 

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The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

By on May 9, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 21 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

No more skin in the game. That’s the message from the parent company of more than two dozen popular clothing brands, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, and Nautica, which today announced it will cleanse its supply chain and all of its garments of . . . 

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France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

By on May 8, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

Last night, Ringling Bros. marked the beginning of the end as one of its two touring shows folded up its tents for the final time. The company’s final show will be May 21st. Ringling Bros. was not able to adapt quickly enough to the new, . . . 

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The U.S. should end widespread doping of racing horses

By on May 5, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The U.S. should end widespread doping of racing horses

The HSUS and its affiliates have worked to drive big changes to our society’s use of animals – with the forces of change effecting reforms in food and agriculture, animal testing, and entertainment sectors, among other areas. We’ve outlawed dogfighting and cockfighting throughout the United . . . 

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Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a morally inconsistent mess when it comes to animal welfare. Although in the past he’s signed important legislation to ban horse slaughter and to crack down on the ivory trade and the trade in trophies, among other positive actions, . . . 

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Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that . . . 

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Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

By on May 2, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

Last week, the fast-food giant Subway announced a comprehensive plan to require that its chicken suppliers enhance the way they treat animals. Subway is the world’s largest restaurant chain, with more than 25,000 locations in the United States alone. Our Nine Billion Lives campaign to . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

Last night, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on the details of a massive bill to fund the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 (through September 30th), and it’s packed with good news for animal protection. Working with our allies in the House . . . 

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