Companion Animals

Congress Considers Flurry of Animal Protection Measures

By on August 2, 2007 in Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Congress Considers Flurry of Animal Protection Measures

There’s been a remarkable amount of activity on animal protection issues in Congress in recent days, in the lead-up to the August recess, which runs about a month through Labor Day. I wanted to provide a quick report to show you the progress we are . . . 

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Talk Back: Praise for Pit Bulls

By on July 27, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

As the nation’s attention is drawn to the dogfighting allegations against Michael Vick, pit bulls—the most common victims of this violent “sport”—have also been thrust into the spotlight. We heard from several readers who were apprehensive about the limelight. Among them: As an owner of . . . 

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While Vick in Court, Our Work Continues

By on July 27, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
While Vick in Court, Our Work Continues

At Michael Vick’s arraignment in U.S. District Court in Richmond yesterday, a trial date of November 26 was set. Vick’s lead counsel put a major defense team on display, signaling that he intends to mount a vigorous defense against the charges set out by the . . . 

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After First Step, NFL Must Follow Through

By on July 24, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Humane Society of the United States members and other concerned citizens have reacted with extraordinary passion and determination in response to the indictment against Michael Vick and three co-defendants. As of yesterday, more than 263,000 individuals contacted the NFL through The HSUS’s online advocacy campaign . . . 

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Celebs’ Pet Store Purchases Prop Up Puppy Mills

By on July 17, 2007 in Companion Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Celebs’ Pet Store Purchases Prop Up Puppy Mills

Purchasing a puppy from a pet store appears, on its face, to be an entirely benign act—perhaps even a compassionate act, given the pleading eyes of these beautiful pups. But reproduced tens of thousands of times, this act is the economic engine that allows more . . . 

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Congress Takes Swipe at Pet Declawing

By on July 12, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Congress Takes Swipe at Pet Declawing

Sometimes good stuff for animals happens without much fanfare or notice. At The HSUS’ recommendation, the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives included report language in legislation to reduce the suffering associated with cat declawing. © iStockphoto The HSUS has long opposed surgical . . . 

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Community and HSUS Face Flooding Together

By on July 11, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Community and HSUS Face Flooding Together

There were countless animal lives lost when Katrina and then Rita struck along an enormous swath of the Gulf Coast. There was also a remarkably generous private response to the hurricanes, and an outpouring of public concern for the victims of the disaster, including the . . . 

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Desperate Distortion

By on July 10, 2007 in Companion Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Desperate Distortion

One reason I decided to blog was to have a rapid-response capability—to respond to breaking news, to bring up urgent issues not getting the mainstream attention they deserve, and to create a dialogue with our supporters. I also wanted a forum to rebut some of . . . 

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Celebrate Cats, and Vote for the Cutest

By on July 6, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Celebrate Cats, and Vote for the Cutest

A few weeks ago I wrote about Take Your Dog to Work Day and The Humane Society of the United States’ canine colleagues. But the month of June didn’t go entirely to the dogs—it also marked Adopt-A-Cat Month. Cats have steadily and stealthily crept into . . . 

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The Great Federal Power Grab

The Great Federal Power Grab

Section 123 of Title I of the Farm Bill is the most worrying legislation you’ve never heard of. Slipped into an early draft of the Farm Bill written by the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, this section threatens to nullify dozens of animal . . . 

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Two Key Wins and a Setback for Polar Bears

Two Key Wins and a Setback for Polar Bears

Not long after I became president of The Humane Society of the United States three years ago, and after we merged our operations with the spectacular folks at The Fund for Animals, we decided to concentrate some considerable resources in four major campaign areas: 1) . . . 

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Talk Back: Dog Days

By on June 27, 2007 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

While the nation observed “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” blog readers celebrated The HSUS’ dogs in the office policy. Among the comments we received: Congratulations on your dog-friendly environment! I’ve worked from home for my entire career and I cannot imagine having to leave . . . 

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