Archive for October, 2017
Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef
Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to . . .
Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much
Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine . . .
Breaking news: World Trade Organization rules in favor of U.S. on dolphin-safe tuna labels
You might call it The Day of the Dolphin II. The World Trade Organization has delivered a decisive and critical victory to protect dolphins from U.S. and foreign fleets seeking to sell tuna in the U.S. market, in one of the longest-running global fights for . . .
HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston
The day starts early at Emancipet’s low-cost veterinary clinic in the east end of Houston, where The HSUS is collaborating with the clinic to help animals and people buffeted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. With leashed dogs at their sides or cats crated or . . .
Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros
Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. . . .
Threats to Endangered Species Act gain speed in Congress
There are radical maneuvers among some Republicans in the House to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to cherry-pick species from the list to enable trophy hunting or wildlife trafficking targeting the rarest of species. If any or all of these anti-wildlife provisions were . . .
HSI brings help to thousands of animals in lesser-known disasters – in Mexico, Costa Rica
I’ve written much in the past six weeks about the disasters in Texas, Florida, and then Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. We’ve turned The HSUS and Humane Society International upside down during these harrowing times to help animals and people in need, and . . .
Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses
Today New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses, just months after New York City outlawed the use of wild animals in circus acts. In June, the state assembly and senate passed S.2098b/A.464b, sponsored . . .
50 ways you can help animals
One of the questions I often get asked by supporters is, how can they get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection? I want to offer some broad strokes on how advocates, including you, can help advance our cause. There . . .
Wildlife killing contests are animal welfare and conservation disgrace
In October and November, participants in two gruesome wildlife killing contests in Nevada compete to claim the most coyote carcasses for cash or other prizes. The town of Austin recently held its annual Coyote Derby in early October, and next month the Nevada Predator Hunters . . .
Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified . . .
Puerto Rico residents show a deep bond with animals, even during despair
Amidst the tragedy and suffering wrought by Maria in Puerto Rico – and that toll exacted on animals and people is incalculable — there are also extraordinary demonstrations of the power and durability of the human bond with animals. Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection . . .