Humane Economy

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

By on December 15, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 79 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Fashion icon Michael Kors goes fur-free

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today that it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end . . . 

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Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

By on December 13, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

In 2017, The HSUS continued its campaign to bring about major transformational change in the food and agriculture sector, specifically by rolling out its Nine Billion Lives campaign to take out so much of the pain and misery from the conventional means of raising and . . . 

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Burlington goes fur-free

By on November 17, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 100 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Burlington goes fur-free

Today I’m pleased to announce that Burlington Stores (formerly Burlington Coat Factory), after discussions with The HSUS, has gone 100 percent fur-free – no full-length furs, no fur trim, no fur at all in the company’s vast offerings of coats and other garments. Burlington has . . . 

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Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

By on November 9, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. In doing so, the agency has again poked . . . 

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HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

By on November 3, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the . . . 

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Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

By on October 27, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine . . . 

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Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Today New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses, just months after New York City outlawed the use of wild animals in circus acts. In June, the state assembly and senate passed S.2098b/A.464b, sponsored . . . 

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Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified . . . 

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Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

By on October 12, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

Today marks another milestone in our global campaign to improve the lives of animals in agriculture, with Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, demanding changes in the way chickens are raised for their meat. Nestlé will require a specific set of important reforms from all . . . 

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Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

By on October 11, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 35 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

In what is perhaps the most meaningful fur-free announcement worldwide to date, luxury fashion brand Gucci has proclaimed that its future is fur-free. After working with The HSUS and the Italian-based animal welfare group LAV (a member, with The HSUS, of the Fur Free Alliance), . . . 

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Breaking news: Campbell Soup announces major reforms for broiler chickens

By on September 28, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Campbell Soup announces major reforms for broiler chickens

I come from a working-class family – my father was a winning and hard-charging high school football coach and my mother a part-time secretary when she wasn’t managing a household of six (eight, if you include the dogs). Even though I loved animals, I had . . . 

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