Humane Economy

New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

Take a good, hard look at our latest Horrible Hundred report – which is based on our research team scouring federal and state inspection reports of large-scale dog-breeding operations throughout the United States and giving a red card to some of the worst operators. It . . . 

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The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

By on May 9, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 21 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

No more skin in the game. That’s the message from the parent company of more than two dozen popular clothing brands, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, and Nautica, which today announced it will cleanse its supply chain and all of its garments of . . . 

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France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

By on May 8, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

Last night, Ringling Bros. marked the beginning of the end as one of its two touring shows folded up its tents for the final time. The company’s final show will be May 21st. Ringling Bros. was not able to adapt quickly enough to the new, . . . 

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Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that . . . 

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Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

By on May 2, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

Last week, the fast-food giant Subway announced a comprehensive plan to require that its chicken suppliers enhance the way they treat animals. Subway is the world’s largest restaurant chain, with more than 25,000 locations in the United States alone. Our Nine Billion Lives campaign to . . . 

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Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

By on April 17, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nullified a Bush-era regulation that gave something of a free pass to factory farms that pollute the air and water. The regulation wrongly exempted factory farms from any obligation to report releases of toxic air emissions, including . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

By on April 7, 2017 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country . . . 

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Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

Last summer, I reported on the launch of one of The HSUS’s biggest and most important campaigns in its 63-year history: an effort to improve conditions for the nine billion chickens we raise and slaughter for food each year in this country. These birds — . . . 

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Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

By on March 29, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

Two pair of ideological opposites introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate yesterday – Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., in the Senate, and Dave Brat, R-Va., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., in the House — to reform a series of federal government programs . . . 

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Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

As readers of this blog will know and lament, bears and wolves are the latest victims of the anti-regulatory fervor infecting Congress. Last week, in a party-line vote, every Senate Republican voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution rescinding a 2016 U.S. Fish . . . 

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Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

It’s fitting, it seems, that on the launch day of the paperback version of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals in bookstores, Burger King and Tim Horton’s announced new policies concerning the welfare of chickens raised in . . . 

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My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

By on March 1, 2017 in Humane Economy with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

On this blog, I write about urgent battles for animals, answer the critics and adversaries of animal protection, and comment on trends and major news in the world of animal protection. But I also see this as a platform for big thinkers who associate themselves . . . 

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