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 . . .
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) . . .
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 . . .
Puppy mills are factory farms for dogs. The animals are confined in small cages. The females are bred time and again with little concern for their health. They receive no love or human affection. And they are treated like agricultural commodities—not as our closest companions. . . .
In 1976, more than 210,000 dogs were used in animal research according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (I blogged about the AWA yesterday). In 2005, the number reported by the USDA was under 67,000—about a . . .
The fur issue is one of the easiest moral questions to settle. The animals are killed only for human adornment, often in particularly horrible ways, and there are functional and fashionable alternatives. If our societal standards against needless cruelty mean anything, they should be applied . . .