From Chicago to the Caribbean, blog readers were touched by the new, loving relationship of 12-year-old Terrence Murphy and his dog Elmo, and by Bella and Dieter, dachshund mixes who not only survived Haiti’s calamitous earthquake but, years earlier, also made it through Hurricane Katrina.
Earlier this week, we filed an initiative petition with the Attorney General of Ohio to direct the state’s newly constituted Livestock Board to set certain minimum humane standards that will prevent some of the worst and most inhumane and unsafe practices in industrial agriculture in Ohio.
In the next stage of our work we’ll extend our alliances with the Haiti-based Christian Veterinary Mission and the Dominican Republic-based Veterinary Care and Human Services, and explore every useful avenue for cooperation with relief agencies, the government of Haiti, and the representatives of other nations responding to Haiti’s dire needs.
Many readers have inquired about the animal welfare situation in Haiti. You also weighed in on my recent blog about the environmental and public health toll industrialized animal agriculture takes on local communities and continue to react to my list of bookshelf favorites.
I write a page three essay for each issue of All Animals, our bi-monthly member magazine, and here’s my piece in the current issue. If you’re not already an HSUS member, and now join at the $25 level or higher, you’ll receive a subscription to this fabulous magazine.
During the rescue phase of Hurricane Katrina deployment in the fall of 2005, I vowed on behalf of The HSUS that we’d not just help with the urgent rescue of animals, but also commit in the long-term to fortify the humane infrastructure in Louisiana and Mississippi. With the imminent opening of a new shelter in St. Bernard Parish, there is one more tangible example of how we’re making good on that promise.
In addition to the enormous gains we made to help billions of animals through our big-picture work in 2009, I was pleased to inventory how much we accomplished, and how many animals we helped, through direct care programs.