Investigations

‘Sored’ Champ Dies Before His Time

By on November 5, 2015 in Equine, Investigations with 70 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Sored’ Champ Dies Before His Time

Any decent person is appalled by the mere description of horse soring – the burning of horses’ legs with chemicals, or the jamming of hard objects into the tender soles of their feet that have been cut to the quick, in order to cause so . . . 

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Ending the Madness of International Trophy Hunting of Rare Animals

Ending the Madness of International Trophy Hunting of Rare Animals

The killing of Cecil the Lion gave the world a vivid example of the pain and misery left behind by globe-trotting elites whose primary hobby is killing prized specimens of the most beloved and threatened wild animals on the planet. Today we are turning up . . . 

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Puppy Mill Investigation Reveals Squalor, Neglect, Lack of Oversight at Flea Markets

By on September 16, 2015 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 14 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Puppy Mill Investigation Reveals Squalor, Neglect, Lack of Oversight at Flea Markets

Today, The HSUS released a new hidden camera investigation focusing on puppy mill dogs sold through flea markets – one of the least known and most unregulated commercial sales venues for this despicable trade. Our investigator visited 21 different flea markets in 10 states that . . . 

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Horse Soring Exposed: Results Show 100 percent of Samples at Major Stable Test Positive for Illegal Substances

By on August 27, 2015 in Equine, Investigations with 40 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Soring Exposed: Results Show 100 percent of Samples at Major Stable Test Positive for Illegal Substances

Two days ago I announced on A Humane Nation our latest undercover investigation – this one, providing incontrovertible proof that a major stable in Murfreesboro, Tenn., called ThorSport Farm, is knee-deep in the practice of horse “soring” –  the deliberate injuring of horses’ legs and . . . 

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New HSUS Investigation Exposes Soring, Abuse of Walking Horses at Top Tennessee Stable

By on August 25, 2015 in Equine, Investigations, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 117 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New HSUS Investigation Exposes Soring, Abuse of Walking Horses at Top Tennessee Stable

Moments ago, I announced at a press conference the findings of the latest HSUS undercover investigation documenting horrific abuse of Tennessee walking horses, with major trainers caught red-handed hurting horses and prepping animals for the breed’s upcoming National Celebration – the multi-day pinnacle event in . . . 

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Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

By on June 9, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Investigations with 55 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

My colleague Paul Shapiro and I just completed a press conference exposing repugnant treatment of hens at a major egg supplier to Costco—the nation’s second-largest grocery retailer. At the factory farm in question – a notorious egg producer called Hillandale, which was previously implicated in . . . 

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The Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills (Act III)

By on May 4, 2015 in Companion Animals, Investigations with 19 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Horrible Hundred Puppy Mills (Act III)

If a pet owner left her dog to freeze to death outside in the cold, or allowed an animal’s collar to become so embedded that the dog had a bleeding neck wound, or shot a dog simply because the animal couldn’t produce puppies, they’d rightly . . . 

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Time for FTC to Crack Down on Retailers Peddling Real Fur as Faux

By on April 16, 2015 in Investigations, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Time for FTC to Crack Down on Retailers Peddling Real Fur as Faux

Following prior investigations by The HSUS, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Neiman Marcus in 2013 to stop falsely advertising animal fur as “faux”, or be subject to serious civil penalties. And yet, as recently as Tuesday, Neiman Marcus was still at it. We have . . . 

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Breaking News: State Revokes Permit for Notorious Roadside Zoo

Breaking News: State Revokes Permit for Notorious Roadside Zoo

I’m writing with encouraging news about the Natural Bridge Zoo, the ramshackle roadside menagerie where our undercover investigation earlier this year exposed the disturbing mistreatment of tiger cubs, monkeys, giraffes, and other wild animals. Yesterday, following a legal complaint filed by The HSUS, the Virginia . . . 

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HSUS Undercover Investigations at Roadside Zoos in Virginia, Oklahoma Reveal Severe Abuse

By on January 22, 2015 in Investigations, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS Undercover Investigations at Roadside Zoos in Virginia, Oklahoma Reveal Severe Abuse

Today, The HSUS released results of its investigations into two shoddy roadside zoos – the Natural Bridge Zoo in Natural Bridge, Virginia, and Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma, both of which breed tigers for two-bit photo shoots with paying customers. The cruelty, neglect, and suffering . . . 

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New HSUS Exposé Reveals Deplorable Slaughter of ‘Spent’ Egg-Laying Hens

By on January 5, 2015 in Farm Animals, Investigations with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New HSUS Exposé Reveals Deplorable Slaughter of ‘Spent’ Egg-Laying Hens

California’s Prop 2 took effect on New Year’s Day, and we’ve been urging major food retailers to honor the letter and spirit of the law by not buying or selling any animal products that come from caged farm animals, with a particular focus on laying . . . 

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Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn’t stopped so many pet stores we’ve investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells. This year we sent . . . 

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