Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
UPDATED: Report on Ag-Gag Controversy
*Editor’s Note: The ABC World News and Nightline broadcasts have been rescheduled. Please check Wayne’s Facebook page for updates. ABC News will air an investigative report on two emerging trends of interest to every animal advocate and every American consumer: animal agriculture reforms driven by . . .
Shark Fin ‘Shingles’ Reminder of California’s Humane Reforms
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 . . .
Working Together Brings Positive Change for Animals
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 . . .
Congress Comes Up Lame on Animal Issues
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. . . .
Our Biggest Animal Stories of 2012
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 . . .
2012 Achievements Bring Us Closer to Ending Abuse of Pets
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 . . .
Improving Welfare for Wild, Companion and Working Equines in 2012
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 . . .
Celebrating Our 2012 Victories For Animals
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 . . .
HSUS Drives Historic Progress for Farm Animals — Top 10 Accomplishments in 2012
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: . . .
NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary
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 . . .
Farm Animal Protection Ideas Have Gone Mainstream
“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 . . .
Closing the Loophole for Animal Fight Spectators
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 . . .