Japan’s Shameful Butchery of Dolphins
Since the release in 2009 of the chilling documentary “The Cove,” and thanks to a much-welcomed tweet last week from newly minted U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy condemning the “drive hunt,” the herding and butchering of dolphins in the small inlet in Taiji, Japan is unlikely . . .
Gotta Have Heart – for Orcas
You’ve got to love it when a group called Heart spurns SeaWorld on account of its keeping killer whales captive for entertainment at its theme parks. Heart is one of eight major bands that have cancelled out on SeaWorld’s “2014 Bands, Brew and BBQ Fest” . . .
Buyer Beware: Kohl’s Selling Real Fur Advertised as Faux
Today is Cyber Monday, well-known for being one of the biggest online shopping days of the year – coming on the heels of the largest in-store shopping day, known popularly as “Black Friday.” But whether we purchase goods online, in-store or elsewhere, we should be . . .
HSUS Undercover: Georgia Dog Lab Supplied by Random Source Dealer
At a press conference this morning, my colleagues and I released the results of the latest HSUS undercover investigation – in this case, laboratory experiments on dogs and other animals at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga. The focus of our investigation was on the . . .
Rattling the Parrot Cage
For thousands of years, parrots have been captured from the wild to be kept as pets. To millions of Americans who’ve never had a bird, it may seem little different than sharing a home with a dog or cat. But to the thousands of parrot . . .
Typhoon Yolanda Leaves Devastation in Philippines
Today, our thoughts, more than ever, extend outward. The devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda (also known as Typhoon Haiyan) in the Philippines, a longtime American protectorate and sovereign ally, is in the early stages of assessment, but it is massive and life-changing for perhaps millions . . .
Off the Hook in L.A.
Today, history was made when the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to prohibit the use of bullhooks and other implements that are designed to inflict pain on elephants in circuses and traveling shows. The measure would take effect in three years, covering circuses that . . .
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Orca in the Bathtub, Bullhook in the Hand
You can’t turn on CNN these days without seeing a teaser for the powerful documentary “Blackfish,” which I previewed some months ago on the blog. We should reward CNN with a big audience for this important exposé of an industry that wrongly keeps whales in . . .
Keeping Bear Baying at Bay
The Department of Natural Resources in South Carolina has put an end to the archaic and barbaric practice of bear “baying,” three years after The HSUS released the results of an undercover investigation that showed dogs attacking a tethered, often declawed and defanged bear, with . . .
You Can’t Hold a Tiger by the Tail
A woman who stuck her arm into a tiger enclosure this past weekend at G.W. Exotic Animal Park, a notorious roadside zoo in Oklahoma run by Joe Schreibvogel, had to be airlifted to a hospital to try to save what remained of her limb. . . .