Archive for August, 2017

British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

This week, British Columbia’s newly formed government, responding to the will of an overwhelming majority of the province’s citizens and following through on its own campaign promise, announced a ban on all trophy hunting of grizzly bears there, starting in November. Under the prior Liberal . . . 

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The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

By on August 14, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

Since a dozen or so hoofed mammals and the red jungle fowl were domesticated for use in agriculture starting 10,000 years ago, humanity has put animals ever more squarely at the center of the human experience. By conscripting other species for meat, eggs, labor, and . . . 

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XOXO to Sodexo, Darden, and others for hitting their marks on animal welfare commitments

By on August 11, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
XOXO to Sodexo, Darden, and others for hitting their marks on animal welfare commitments

In 2015, Sodexo—one of the world’s largest food service companies—worked with The HSUS to announce that it would eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its egg supply by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The company was an early mover in an industry-wide shift toward . . . 

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Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

By on August 10, 2017 in Equine, Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

Americans shouldn’t butcher dogs or horses, or enable the activity, and then sell the meat for human consumption, and Congress can make that the law of the land as it pieces together the far-flung provisions of the Farm Bill in the coming months. Our thriving . . . 

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Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

By on August 9, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

Today, the national fast food chain Sonic has announced new policies to bring about better conditions for all the chickens in its supply chain. The Oklahoma-based company serves food to more than three million customers each day at its 3,500 locations, so this announcement will . . . 

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From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

By on August 8, 2017 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

Films have long been inviting us to rethink the way we view animals—a studious spider who weaves words about saving a pig from the dinner plate, a terrified baby elephant yanked from his mother and forced to perform in a circus, a clownfish who journeys . . . 

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Tamping down the war on wolves

By on August 7, 2017 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tamping down the war on wolves

Wolves are in the crosshairs of trophy hunters, commercial trappers, ranchers, state and federal lawmakers, and state and federal wildlife managers in established areas of their range throughout North America. We are a counter-weight to those threats, particularly in the United States, and last week, . . . 

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New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

By on August 3, 2017 in Humane Society International, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

With the federal government taking active and intentional steps inimical to animal protection and conservation — launching an assault on native predators, looking to roll back federal protections of national monuments, and distancing our nation from the active global fight against climate change — some . . . 

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Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

By on August 2, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Horse soring – a practice where unethical and remorseless trainers intentionally injure the front feet and legs of horses by mechanical or chemical means to exaggerate the animals’ gait in order to win ribbons in the show ring – is one of the most disgraceful . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has sided with The HSUS and other animal welfare groups and ruled that federal protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act should be maintained for 4,000 or so wolves inhabiting the northern reaches of . . . 

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