Archive for January, 2018

New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

The movement to end the use of wild animals in circuses secured its biggest win yet, with New Jersey lawmakers, in the waning days of their lame duck session, voting nearly unanimously yesterday to ban almost all wild animal acts in the Garden State. Assemblyman . . . 

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Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

By on January 8, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

Today, the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods, announced more progress in its movement away from confining mother pigs in tiny gestation crates, further acknowledging that animals built to move ought to be allowed to move. As a matter of historical import, our quest to . . . 

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HSUS’s successful lawsuit to protect Great Lakes wolves may hold key to restoring protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies

By on January 5, 2018 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS’s successful lawsuit to protect Great Lakes wolves may hold key to restoring protections for Yellowstone-area grizzlies

Thanks to skillful work that exposed the government’s shoddy science and its inattention to the legal standards of the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), we’ve been able to maintain federal protections for wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin by winning two key cases in a . . . 

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Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

By on January 4, 2018 in Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Biting cold an extraordinary threat to all animals

With weather systems delivering punishingly low temperatures – along with ice, snow, and wind – deaths from the cold cycle are mounting, including animal victims. Heartbreaking images on social media, of dogs left outside and frozen, are almost too much to bear. Yesterday, People.com reported . . . 

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California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

According to our Humane State rankings for 2017, California remains the most humane state in the nation, comfortably ahead of number-two finisher Oregon and then Massachusetts, which has held the third position since 2016 when it approved a sweeping measure to restrict factory farming and . . . 

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Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

By on January 2, 2018 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

Today, we are celebrating the implementation of some major reforms for farm animals that went into effect yesterday in Ohio – a ban on keeping veal calves in crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around, and a ban on cutting off cows’ . . . 

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