Archive for July, 2017

Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

By on July 12, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 211 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, . . . 

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EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely

By on July 11, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 119 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely

For years, when community residents became agitated about the presence of deer in their neighborhoods, government leaders and residents often defaulted to shooting or even killing the animals with arrows as a way to reduce their densities. Now, in a move that will help communities . . . 

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California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

By on July 10, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

Last week, a heat wave, in tandem with a lack of adequate housing and other safeguards for the animals, resulted in thousands of dairy cows perishing in the punishing heat of California’s Central Valley. It’s one of the worst weather-related incidents to strike dairy herds . . . 

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Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

By on July 7, 2017 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

In Florida, the hub of a withering U.S. greyhound racing industry, regulators identified 12 greyhounds with cocaine in their blood at the Bestbet Orange Park near Jacksonville, according to The Washington Post and First Coast News. One trainer, Charles McClellan, handled all of the dogs, . . . 

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A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

A revolution in animal welfare in Puerto Rico

In 2015, The HSUS planted a stake in the ground in Puerto Rico. No longer would animal protection groups avert their gaze from the Commonwealth, with its nearly four million U.S. citizens. Thanks to one of our leading supporters in New Jersey, The HSUS hired . . . 

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Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

In late December 2015, Hawaii conservation officers found a dead bird the size of a small child buried in a nest on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and a stick next to the nest. Sadly, that marker was a faint indicator of a crime committed . . . 

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Animals hate fireworks, and we should pay attention

By on July 3, 2017 in Companion Animals with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animals hate fireworks, and we should pay attention

Independence Day is the worst holiday of the year for Lily, my eight-year-old beagle mix. She reacts badly to loud, concussive noises at any time of the year, but when the Fourth of July comes around, she thinks it’s the apocalypse. Every bang and pop . . . 

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