Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
Last week, I came across a disturbing video and still photos of neatly arranged shark fins on a rooftop in Hong Kong. It almost looked like some symmetrical art and architectural concept – with fins in place of shingles. But it was no green or LEED . . .
Editor’s note: This entry originally appeared on January 3, 2013, and has been re-posted due to technical difficulties. In my blog yesterday, I lamented the general inaction by our Congress on beneficial animal welfare policies during the lame-duck session. But the 112th Congress’ tendency to leave . . .
Numerous news outlets have reported that the 112th Congress was the least productive — as measured by fewest bills passed and signature achievements — since 1947, when such statistics were first kept. Since our Congress has been dysfunctional for so long, that’s really saying something. . . .
Good people won’t tolerate cruelty, and that’s one of the main drivers of our relentless efforts to expose the broader public to the abuse, suffering, and neglect that animals endure at human hands. This is perhaps our greatest charge. At The HSUS, we have big . . .
Watch a funny PSA from the Shelter Pet Project While the Senate passed a bill earlier this month to upgrade the federal law against dogfighting and other forms of animal fighting (to create a new federal crime to attend or bring a child to . . .
George, a recent arrival to our Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Kunz The abuse of the horse provided the original impetus for creation of the American humane movement in the second half of the 19th century. But with the development of the internal combustion . . .
When you invest in HSUS, as a donor, volunteer, or advocate, you want returns. That’s why it’s so important to measure the progress we are making. Through the years, The HSUS has established itself as the most impactful organization protecting animals. I’m pleased to share our . . .
Last week, The Humane Society of the United States announced the wrapping of municipal buses in the District of Columbia and Des Moines, Iowa, in images of pigs held in gestation-crate facilities, leaving riders, drivers and pedestrians with a startling picture and a simple message: . . .
It’s a big day for chimpanzees, as the National Institutes of Health announces a commitment to move more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (the lab that HSUS investigated and exposed in 2009) to Chimp Haven, the federal chimpanzee sanctuary. These . . .
“The Humane Society of the United States is almost single-handedly changing the way farmers feed America’s appetite for bacon, ribs, holiday hams and other pork products,” wrote reporter Philip Brasher in today’s edition of Roll Call. Indeed, this has been a remarkable year of progress on farm animal . . .
Animal fighting is, in terms of global industries that cause harm to animals, among the most morally indefensible and corrupt practices — with trade in animals and implements in the hundreds of millions of dollars; wagering in the billions; international competitions; and a phalanx of . . .
It is amazing to me how often the U.S. Congress works not only against common sense, but also contrary to the national interest. Take two trade-related issues currently being debated and deliberated upon in that body: importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies, and the trade in . . .