Obama Administration Picks up Pace on Animal Welfare in 2013
During President Obama’s tenure, The HSUS has worked to secure stronger policies from federal agencies to help animals – from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the National Marine Fisheries Service to the National Institutes of Health. Every . . .
The Videos That Animal Abusers Don’t Want You to See
If you don’t think video of animals, and specifically of animal cruelty, has the power to drive social reform and behavior changes, then take note of what happened this year in nearly a dozen state legislatures in 2013. From California to Indiana to Tennessee to . . .
Our Top 13 Transformational Achievements in 2013
The HSUS and its affiliates are the nation’s number-one provider of animal care, through the work of our animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, Animal Rescue Team, Pets for Life program, wildlife response units, veterinary division, international street dog defenders, and other hands-on programs. This year, . . .
Ricky Bobby: Racing Star, Puppy Mill Ambassador
In 2010, The HSUS led a coalition supporting a winning ballot measure in Missouri to crack down on puppy mills. We launched that initiative because Missouri had long been the top puppy mill state in the nation, with as many as 3,000 large-scale commercial dog-breeding . . .
An Unheralded Early Leader in our Movement – a 50-Year Memorial Tribute
As we prepare for a few days of family, friends and giving thanks, I’m thankful for those who walked this path before me. On Dec. 1, we’ll mark the 50th anniversary of the death of HSUS co-founder Fred Myers, a long-neglected visionary in the history . . .
Game-Changing “Petential” for Pets for Life
With tens of millions of people living at or below the poverty level in the United States, it’s no surprise that the pets in these households go without as well. Through The HSUS’ Pets for Life program, which we directly conduct in four major American . . .
HSUS Undercover: Georgia Dog Lab Supplied by Random Source Dealer
At a press conference this morning, my colleagues and I released the results of the latest HSUS undercover investigation – in this case, laboratory experiments on dogs and other animals at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga. The focus of our investigation was on the . . .
Rattling the Parrot Cage
For thousands of years, parrots have been captured from the wild to be kept as pets. To millions of Americans who’ve never had a bird, it may seem little different than sharing a home with a dog or cat. But to the thousands of parrot . . .
A New Sheriff in Town
On many occasions, I have written about our collaboration with our nation’s law enforcement professionals in our efforts to stop animal cruelty and abuse. So I was delighted to see that this month’s edition of Deputy and Court Officer—the magazine of the National Sheriffs' Association—is . . .
Sandy’s Wake Still Felt One Year Later
A year has passed so quickly, it seems, since I traveled up to the devastated New Jersey coast to conduct search-and-rescue with many of my colleagues, looking for pets left behind or roaming, as residents fled the impact zone of Hurricane Sandy. Upon entering the . . .
The Case of the Terrible Treats
Animal advocates have long cast a suspicious eye on the practices of the pet food industry – with talk, over the decades, about horse meat, so-called 4-D meat (dead, downed, dying, and diseased), and even the carcasses of euthanized dogs and cats from shelters as . . .
Going Belly Up in Vegas
People sometimes ask me if HSUS opposes zoos. I say that we oppose unaccredited zoos, and that I consider the 200 or so zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to be critical allies in our fights against private citizens keeping dangerous wild . . .