Humane Society International
In the United States, persistent euthanasia in shelters is the problem we all struggle to end. In developing countries, it is a different kind of killing — wholesale culling of dogs. The most urgent case comes from Baghdad, where Iraqi authorities have shot or poisoned well over 50,000 canines in a campaign targeting the city’s estimated street dog population of 1.2 million.
Two of the people I was so pleased to see and spend time with at this year’s HSUS Animal Care Expo were Daniella Granda and Fernando Moreno, the leaders of Grupo Caridad: Asociación Protectora de Animales, a humane organization based in Lima, Peru.
The quarter-century-old moratorium on commercial whaling has been a highly successful international conservation measure. But this year we’ve had to face a stealth proposal from a working group of member nations of the International Whaling Commission, including the United States, to appease the whaling nations of Japan, Norway, and Iceland.
Today we posted on humanesociety.org our 2009 Annual Report. (If you’re an HSUS supporter, look for a copy in your mailbox at the end of the month.) I am posting, as today’s blog entry, my opening message for the report. You can look at the . . .
It’s a day I dread each year: the first blow or bullet landed against a baby seal off Canada's East Coast. It marks the beginning of the world’s largest, intentional slaughter of marine mammals. Our ProtectSeals team is there to document this open-air massacre, and . . .
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting ended today, and the results were mixed, I am sorry to say. Still, I am pleased to report that we achieved new or improved protection for dozens of species affected by international trade.
In addition to the enormous gains we made to help billions of animals through our big-picture work in 2009, I was pleased to inventory how much we accomplished, and how many animals we helped, through direct care programs.