Farm Animals

Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

North Carolina has been the stage for the largest number of HSUS deployments with law enforcement to rescue dogs from squalid, overcrowded puppy mills. In the last four years, we’ve conducted 20 puppy mill raids, partnering with dedicated local animal welfare organizations, and reminding citizens and . . . 

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Avian Influenza Just One Marker of Sickness in Industrial Agriculture

By on May 14, 2015 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Avian Influenza Just One Marker of Sickness in Industrial Agriculture

Government officials and farmers are engaging in the grim task of mass executing domesticated fowl in the Midwest, as a result of the tragic outbreak of avian influenza that has savaged agricultural operations, mainly industrial turkey and laying hen operations in Minnesota and Iowa. They’ve killed . . . 

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Animal Protection Winning Converts Left and Right

By on May 11, 2015 in Farm Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Protection Winning Converts Left and Right

Even amidst so many problems and so much cruelty, there are countless markers of change for the better for animals in our society. Aramark’s announcement a little more than a week ago that it will require its suppliers to observe more humane standards is a sign . . . 

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Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Today, we received more exciting news for our farm animal protection efforts: the Obama Administration released a proposed rule banning the slaughter of downer calves – juvenile animals too sick or injured or weakened to walk. This long-awaited proposal is the direct result of a . . . 

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HSI Brings Much-Needed Help to Animals in Nepal

HSI Brings Much-Needed Help to Animals in Nepal

This week, a team of veterinarians and disaster relief experts from Humane Society International — armed with medicines, vaccines, surgical equipment, and other supplies — touched down in Nepal, the mountainous nation most famous for its sherpas and high-altitude mountain climbing. Nepal was horribly shaken . . . 

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Breaking News: Largest U.S. Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

By on April 30, 2015 in Farm Animals with 92 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Largest U.S. Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

At the gathering of The HSUS’s Board of Directors and National Council this past weekend in Philadelphia, it was impossible not to notice perhaps the tallest and most recognizable building on the city skyline from the broad window of our meeting room. This skyscraper is . . . 

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Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

By on April 29, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

It’s been a busy week in the states for animals. Yesterday, a key California Senate committee approved a ban on bullhooks, as the wake from last month’s Ringling Bros. announcement to retire its traveling elephant acts continues to be felt. Also on elephants, the Oregon . . . 

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Factory Farming Incubating Bird Flu, Compounding Misery

By on April 24, 2015 in Farm Animals with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Factory Farming Incubating Bird Flu, Compounding Misery

Bird flu has infiltrated some of the nation’s poultry flocks, leaving behind illness and death in its wake and an animal health crisis so severe that Minnesota’s governor has declared a state of emergency. Federal and state officials, in an effort to contain its spread, . . . 

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The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

Today, we officially release our 2014 annual report, in print and electronic form. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of problem areas. Below, I’ve reproduced most of my President’s essay in the report to give . . . 

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Remember, There’s Only One Earth

Remember, There’s Only One Earth

Earth Day is a reminder for all of us that we humans, and all animals, depend on a healthy planet to survive. While we have the capacity to damage and destroy the planet and the life that it and the sun sustain, we also have . . . 

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In Oklahoma, A Right to Harm?

By on April 10, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition with 37 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
In Oklahoma, A Right to Harm?

We all know about the effort by some agribusiness interests to make it a crime for whistleblowers to take photographs or videos that document the suffering of animals on a factory farm, or for an animal advocate to apply for a job at one of these . . . 

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Fortune-Teller: Big Gains on Animal Welfare

By on April 9, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fortune-Teller: Big Gains on Animal Welfare

Fortune has just published a pretty extraordinary round-up of our high-impact work with the world’s largest food retail corporations. The piece details the work of Josh Balk, Matt Prescott, and other members of  the HSUS Farm Animal Protection team who have worked so expertly with . . . 

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