Humane Economy

Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

By on January 12, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 85 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

Today, The HSUS is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to scuttle the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule – one of the most important rules to ever come out of a federal agency, affecting the well-being of tens of millions of animals . . . 

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New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

New Jersey lawmakers say ‘no’ to wild animal acts in circuses

The movement to end the use of wild animals in circuses secured its biggest win yet, with New Jersey lawmakers, in the waning days of their lame duck session, voting nearly unanimously yesterday to ban almost all wild animal acts in the Garden State. Assemblyman . . . 

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Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

By on January 8, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

Today, the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods, announced more progress in its movement away from confining mother pigs in tiny gestation crates, further acknowledging that animals built to move ought to be allowed to move. As a matter of historical import, our quest to . . . 

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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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