Equine

Big wins for wolves, bears, horses, and other animals in 2018 budget

Big wins for wolves, bears, horses, and other animals in 2018 budget

There’s great news for animals in the final 2018 budget bill that President Trump signed into law today. The bottom line is this: the budget bill includes language to restrict funds from being used to harm horses and to address a purge of key animal . . . 

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The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

The HSUS sues USDA for failing to release animal welfare records under sunshine law

In February 2017, shortly after the new administration took office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, without prior notice, removed from its website thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection and enforcement records. These were public records, many containing descriptions of animal neglect . . . 

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Harmful provisions in Congress’s spending bill would strip protections for wolves, reopen horse slaughter plants

Harmful provisions in Congress’s spending bill would strip protections for wolves, reopen horse slaughter plants

As Congress works to finalize its FY18 spending bill to fund the federal government, key protections for animals are under attack. Some members, beholden to special interests, are attempting to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States, authorize the killing of thousands of healthy . . . 

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Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

Making progress for animals: a message from HSUS’ acting president and CEO

By Kitty Block Today, as the Winter Games begin in Pyeongchang, my colleagues in Humane Society International are on the ground in South Korea, extending their important work against the dog meat trade. Three years ago, The HSUS and HSI embarked on an important campaign . . . 

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Taking on a Mexican spectacle of cruelty

By on February 1, 2018 in Companion Animals, Equine, Humane Society International with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Taking on a Mexican spectacle of cruelty

It is almost unfathomably monstrous, and it is repeated around the year, year after year, in the municipalities of Yucatan, Mexico. Men riding bulls goad the animals to chase horses in arenas. The bulls charge at the horses, injuring and eviscerating them. The horses, their . . . 

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USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

USDA ponders disastrous plan to allow self‑policing by licensed breeders, zoos, and researchers

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn . . . 

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A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2017

In 2017, there were some mean-spirited, aggressive attacks on animal welfare that stirred the conscience and passions of tens of millions of Americans – particularly the readers of A Humane Nation. These maneuvers made so many of us question the wisdom and judgment of some . . . 

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Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

The HSUS pursues multi-channel reform efforts, and in 2017 we made extraordinary progress by pushing forward on a hundred fronts – in the federal courts, in protecting wolves, farm animals, and other creatures at risk of suffering or under threat; in legislatures throughout the world . . . 

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HSUS stays the course for animals in Puerto Rico with Operation Viva Vieques

By on December 19, 2017 in Companion Animals, Equine, Humane Society International with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS stays the course for animals in Puerto Rico with Operation Viva Vieques

Our longstanding work in Puerto Rico was made all the more urgent when Hurricane Maria pummeled the islands and all but eliminated utilities, transportation, and other essential services for weeks and, in some parts, months. Given our work on the ground, and our connections with . . . 

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Honors among thieves

By on November 6, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Honors among thieves

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a . . . 

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Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to . . . 

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Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

By on October 24, 2017 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. . . . 

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