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HSUS’ Top Transformational Results of 2014

HSUS’ Top Transformational Results of 2014

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, our most important measure is driving positive change on the biggest issues for animals in the United States and abroad. We take on the tough fights, and we so appreciate your steadfast support for our work. Today, I recount our 10 . . . 

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Pope Francis Says All Animals Can Go to Heaven

By on December 12, 2014 in Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pope Francis Says All Animals Can Go to Heaven

After the new Pope was chosen last March and then took the name “Francis” – after Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals — I took a deep breath and dared to hope that this could be the pontiff who calls on all . . . 

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A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

The release earlier this week of the pending $1.1 trillion omnibus Congressional spending bill – bundling 11 separate spending bills together to fund the operations of government through September 2015 – reveals the tug and pull between Congress and the executive agencies on federal rulemaking, . . . 

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North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

By on December 9, 2014 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

Not long ago, shelters in dozens of North Carolina's counties killed homeless animals in carbon monoxide gas chambers. Starting February 2015, that will end. Last week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a new policy statement that relies on formal policy positions from . . . 

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FBI, Ellen, Puppy Mills, and Nestlé Most Popular Blogs of 2014

FBI, Ellen, Puppy Mills, and Nestlé Most Popular Blogs of 2014

I write A Humane Nation to chronicle mainly what The HSUS and its affiliates are doing and accomplishing, to comment on the major issues and controversies of the day, and to answer the arguments or false claims of our opponents concerning our work. I discuss . . . 

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Pets for Life: Keeping Animals in Loving Homes and Out of Shelters

By on November 24, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pets for Life: Keeping Animals in Loving Homes and Out of Shelters

The Hurricane Katrina crisis – 10 years ago, next year – was a wake-up call for our movement on so many levels. One takeaway: most disadvantaged and underserved people with dogs or cats love their animals, but typically they have been unable to afford or access . . . 

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The HSUS Celebrates a 60-Year Quest to Stop Cruelty to All Animals

The HSUS Celebrates a 60-Year Quest to Stop Cruelty to All Animals

It was 60 years ago, on November 22, that four individuals founded The HSUS, with grand ambitions but only a few nickels in their pockets. At the time, there were just 500 or so local humane organizations scattered across 3,100 counties. Like islands, with scant connection . . . 

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Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn’t stopped so many pet stores we’ve investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells. This year we sent . . . 

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Federal Court Leaves Puppy Millers Out in the Cold

By on November 10, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Court Leaves Puppy Millers Out in the Cold

On Friday, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed by 42 plaintiffs, including dozens of dog-breeding clubs, that aimed to neuter a U. S. Department of Agriculture rule to crack down on Internet sellers of puppy mill dogs who don’t meet basic care standards. . . . 

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HSUS Responders Hit Two Puppy Mills in Mississippi Yesterday

By on October 30, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS Responders Hit Two Puppy Mills in Mississippi Yesterday

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, The HSUS decided to create a permanent mobile response team to respond to animals in crisis situations – not only in the case of natural disasters but also in instances of human-caused crises. It’s turned out that the demands on . . . 

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Ebola and Animals – at Home and West Africa

By on October 23, 2014 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ebola and Animals – at Home and West Africa

Bentley waits patiently for the ball from one of his caretakers while in quarantine. Photo by Dr. Catherine McManus, Dallas Animal Services It was heartening to learn that Bentley, the dog of Dallas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for the Ebola virus, and to . . . 

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Another Rescue in Tennessee: 50 Dogs Freed From Suspected Dogfighting Operation

By on October 22, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Another Rescue in Tennessee: 50 Dogs Freed From Suspected Dogfighting Operation

As the sun came up over Kodak, Tennessee, yesterday morning, our HSUS Animal Rescue Team drove with U.S. Marshals and the Sevier County’s Special Operations Response Team down a long, rural road. As they approached the house at the end of the road, our team . . . 

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