Smithfield Profits Soar as its Sows Suffer, Despite Company’s Pledge
Yesterday, The Virginian Pilot ran an article about Smithfield, the world’s largest pork producer, having posted “record profits” for its latest fiscal year. It’s time for Smithfield to fulfill its commitment to phase out cruel gestation crates for breeding sows.
Facebook Founder Faces Food
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he’d no longer eat meat unless he’d killed the animals himself. While many people expressed shock, it’s a reminder that eating meat involves the killing of animals, and that too many of us prefer not to think about how food gets to our table.
A Humane, Healthy Plate
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture promoted new federal guidelines on the ideal diet, and I’ve asked our own public health expert Michael Greger, M.D., for his thoughts.
This Memorial Day, Help Connect Veterans with Service Dogs
On Memorial Day, we honor the many sacrifices that millions of Americans have made in the best interests of our nation. This year, you can help make it that much more meaningful for a veteran who might benefit from the companionship of a service dog.
Tougher Anti-Cockfighting Laws Are Needed in the Lone Star State
Our undercover investigations unit has infiltrated dozens of illegal cockfights in Texas over the last year, releasing undercover footage taken throughout the state and prompting three major raids in six months that led to the apprehension of more than 60 suspected cockfighters. Unfortunately, cockfighting thrives in Texas because of loopholes in the law.
End Dogfighting Program in the Spotlight Today
This morning, The Today Show featured our End Dogfighting program and our efforts to combat the rise in urban street fights through community outreach to at-risk kids and young men.
Florida ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Fizzles
Florida lawmakers chose not to enact a proposal to criminalize taking photographs or videos of farm animals. In the wake of so many important cruelty investigations across the nation, the agribusiness industry should be trying to prevent cruelty to animals rather than preventing Americans from learning about it.
Chorus of Outrage over Dogfighting Smartphone Application
The Internet is rife with outrage over a mobile app that simulates the experience of raising dogs to fight and setting them against one another. We must exhibit a zero-tolerance policy for this branding of dogfighting as a socially acceptable enterprise.
Cast Your Vote for a Canine Hero
Tales of heroic animals often strike a chord, perhaps because they remind us of the sacrifices made by people to help others in need—actions that often result in rightful public recognition of the heroes. There’s something in these animal stories that prompts us to realize . . .
Feeble Laws Allow Cockfighting Cruelty to Persist
On the heels of the release of our undercover investigation into cockfighting in Texas, The HSUS teamed up with WPMI, the NBC affiliate in Mobile, Ala., to expose the enormous criminal underworld of cockfighting in the state with the most anemic law against the practice. . . .
Today (and Every Day) is Spay Day
Today is the 17th annual Spay Day — a worldwide event organized by The HSUS and Humane Society International, in partnership with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, to promote sterilization of dogs and cats as a means of reducing euthanasia and pet overpopulation.
Worth a Thousand Words
If you have a great photo of your pet, don’t forget to enter it in the in the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest by Feb. 25. Spay Day is a worldwide event organized by The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.