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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .