Recently, Lindsey Sterling Krank, the director of our prairie dog protection campaign, helped oversee the relocation of hundreds of prairie dogs who otherwise would have succumbed to poisoning. This video provides a fascinating perspective of these burrowing critters and a behind the scenes look at an innovative relocation project that has been months in the making.
On Monday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released the findings from its mandatory investigation of the death of long-time trainer Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. OSHA issued three safety violations to SeaWorld, including one willful citation — for exposing its employees to potentially injurious or fatal hazards by allowing them to interact with its captive orcas without sufficient protection.
Today, the Associated Press broke the story that the infamous practice of bear baying is alive and well in South Carolina. An HSUS undercover investigator documented bear baying at several locations in rural areas, and it appears that South Carolina is the only state in the nation to allow this cruelty.
Readers celebrated last week’s decision by a federal judge to reinstate endangered species protections for the gray wolves of the Northern Rockies—a remarkable victory in The HSUS and other organizational plaintiffs’ long-running legal campaign to protect these imperiled animals. Among your comments: Protecting gray wolves . . .
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 . . .