Archive for 2017

HSUS undercover investigator documents sickness, mistreatment of puppies at New York City pet store

By on July 25, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 27 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS undercover investigator documents sickness, mistreatment of puppies at New York City pet store

A French bulldog puppy shed a quarter of her body weight – transforming a lean, four-pound dog to an emaciated three pounder. Two Pomeranians had a hard time seeing a thing after conjunctivitis caused their eyes to be swollen shut. An English bulldog had pneumonia . . . 

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Zinke’s Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife

Zinke’s Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife

The Department of the Interior, under Secretary Ryan Zinke, isn’t mincing words or hedging its political bets. At least not so far. Last week, its leaders signaled that the department may dismantle a rule to restrict ruthless predator killing practices on some 20 million acres . . . 

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Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

This week, Vietnam agreed to the rescue and relocation of 1,000 bears who live on bear farms. These Asiatic sun bears are held in deplorable settings and “milked” in extraordinarily inhumane ways for their bile (used in tonics and in traditional Chinese medicine). The shut-down . . . 

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Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

By on July 20, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 49 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – whose members constitute nearly a third of the entire chamber – voted with nary a controversy in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and . . . 

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Humane Society International saves 149 more dogs destined for butcher in South Korea

Humane Society International saves 149 more dogs destined for butcher in South Korea

As South Koreans get ready for the Bok Nal days of summer, which trigger a sharp increase in dog meat consumption in the country, Humane Society International (HSI) has pulled 149 more dogs from the terrible fate of being inhumanely killed and then carved up . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

By on July 17, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

Maryland-based Perdue Farms, one of the biggest brands in the production of poultry raised for meat, is making one of the most important announcements of any major producer in the field. Last summer, The HSUS – along with Compassion in World Farming and Mercy For . . . 

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State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

By on July 14, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

To its credit, the California Senate Judiciary Committee stopped a bill to expand the state tax on cattle and dairy farmers to the tune of millions of dollars – a plan to put the funds into a “commission” that would be authorized to use the . . . 

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Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

It wasn’t enough that earlier this year a narrow majority of lawmakers in Congress targeted wolves and other native carnivores for destruction on 76 million acres of our national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Now, they are expanding that fight to National Park Service lands in . . . 

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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 213 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 172 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 7 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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