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Animal Crush Videos: Disgusting and Illegal

By on August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Crush Videos: Disgusting <i>and</i> Illegal

Despite the near universal view among the public that individuals should not be able to profit from illegal, malicious, and obscene acts of animal cruelty, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times editorialized this week against legislation to reinstate a federal prohibition on gruesome animal crush videos. I asked Supreme Court expert Scott Ballenger of Latham & Watkins to share his thoughts on the issue.

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A Beautiful Mind: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Animals

By on August 2, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Beautiful Mind: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Animals

I’ve heard Jonathan Balcombe speak before, and read his books, including his latest work, “Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals.” Based on that experience, I knew he’d have much to offer attendees at this year’s Taking Action for Animals conference, where we invited him to speak. We also published a Q&A with him earlier this year in All Animals.

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Animal Crush Videos Make Comeback; Senate Must Act

By on July 29, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Crush Videos Make Comeback; Senate Must Act

Today, The HSUS released new information about gruesome animal crush videos that have made a comeback since the federal courts overturned the 1999 law Congress passed to ban their production and sale.

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U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

By on July 21, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
U.S. House Votes to Crack Down on Animal Crush Videos

Animal crush videos are back and, next week, The HSUS will release details about their resurgence on the Web. By all appearances, this lurid and sickening commercial activity re-emerged from the shadows after two federal courts, most recently the U.S. Supreme Court in April, struck . . . 

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Lunch with a Leader, Next Steps in Ohio

By on July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lunch with a Leader, Next Steps in Ohio

Sometimes the work of animal advocacy is tough. But today wasn’t that kind of day. My colleague Paul Shapiro and I were pleased to spend time with an incredible advocate, and to enjoy the hospitality and gourmet cuisine of Vegiterranean

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June in Animal News: An L.A. Unleashed Interview

By on July 7, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

The Los Angeles Times’ animal blog L.A. Unleashed recently launched a monthly five-question interview series featuring voices from all across the animal protection movement. My thoughts on what happened in June affecting animals, what to watch for in July and how to get involved were . . . 

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Pro-Whaling Proposal Fails, But Whales Aren’t Safe Yet

By on June 23, 2010 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pro-Whaling Proposal Fails, But Whales Aren’t Safe Yet

The fight to ban commercial whaling has had mixed outcomes through the years. There’s a ban on commercial whaling, but Japan, Norway, and Iceland have defied it, killing thousands of whales since the “ban” was imposed in 1986. In recent years, they pushed a proposal . . . 

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Will I See You in D.C. in July?

By on June 22, 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Will I See You in D.C. in July?

The largest national conference for the animal advocacy movement, TAFA is now in its sixth year — we’ll gather July 23-26 in the heart of Washington, D.C. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, just steps from the Metro. If you register by tomorrow — Wednesday, June 23 — you can save $25 on full conference registration.

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The Good Doctor

By on June 21, 2010 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

I’ve written before about HSVMA Field Services, sharing some happy stories of animals treated at our field clinics. We recently posted a video showing just a few of the people and pets helped by this tremendous program — and some of the hundreds of students who get hands-on training at the clinics — and I wanted to share it with you.

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Greasing the Wheels to Get At the Whales

By on June 16, 2010 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Greasing the Wheels to Get At the Whales

It’s an old story, but it never fails to shock—trading cash and equivalents for votes at the International Whaling Commission, the international convention that sets rules about the treatment of whales in the world’s oceans.

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S.C. Cockfighting Bust Shows Need for Felony Laws

By on June 7, 2010 in Animal Rescue and Care, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
S.C. Cockfighting Bust Shows Need for Felony Laws

Yesterday our Animal Cruelty and Fighting campaign was in South Carolina assisting the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in a raid on what is perhaps the largest operational cockfighting pit in that state. Sheriff’s deputies charged 85 people with illegal cockfighting and seized $15,854 in gambling . . . 

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While Australia Leads for Whales, U.S. Lags

By on June 3, 2010 in Uncategorized, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
While Australia Leads for Whales, U.S. Lags

Today, Humane Society International and The HSUS, together with actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, are asking supporters to take action to save whales—again. Nearly a quarter century after the moratorium on commercial whaling took effect, the threat to whales worldwide has . . . 

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