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Fifty Against Fighting

By on March 5, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fifty Against Fighting

© The HSUS Last year, Louisiana and New Mexico passed HSUS-backed bills to outlaw cockfighting—the final two states to adopt such bans. Now, we’ve reached another milestone in our efforts against animal fighting. Yesterday, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed legislation to make dogfighting a felony . . . 

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Day to Spay

By on February 26, 2008 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Day to Spay

Today is Spay Day USA, and it’s our biggest series of events and promotions urging people to spay and neuter pets as a means of reducing and eventually eliminating euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals. This year’s Spay Day—which is really spread over a month’s . . . 

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Cycle of Violence

By on February 21, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cycle of Violence

For humanitarians, the resurgence of dogfighting in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, which had suppressed such activities, was a terrible irony. Last Sunday, that irony gave way to tragedy as a suicide bomb attack took the lives of at least 80 people and . . . 

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Prepared for Battle

By on February 13, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Prepared for Battle

When one rooster delivers a gaff or short knife thrust into his combatant’s lung in an enclosed cockfighting pit, the victim suffers—no matter if the staged fight occurs in a jurisdiction that allows or outlaws the practice. If locals cheer the bloodletting, the laughter and . . . 

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The Cruelty Connection

By on February 11, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Kindness and compassion are infectious. A child who embraces the ethic of compassion for animals is typically a child who is more respectful and empathetic toward other people. We’ve long known that inculcating a concern for animals builds character and fosters a sense of responsibility. . . . 

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Talk Back: Humane Mission

By on January 29, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Readers commended 11-year-old Haley Ham of Tennessee who, after losing her two dogs to antifreeze poisoning, spearheaded the introduction of legislation to help prevent such a tragedy. Among the comments we received: Way to go Haley! Taking action through your pain took a lot of . . . 

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Betrayal of Trust

By on January 25, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Betrayal of Trust

There is always something that’s disturbed us more about cannibalism than mere homicide. In either circumstance, the victim is dead, but the consumption of the corpse multiplies the level of social disgust by a major factor. It not only offends our aesthetic senses, but also . . . 

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All Bets Off

By on January 18, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
All Bets Off

We are in the thick of the presidential primaries, and no candidate has a lock on his or her party’s nomination. These next three weeks are likely to be decisive in the selection of the major party nominees, with more than 20 states conducting primaries . . . 

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Spoonful of Sass

By on January 4, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

I am not the target demographic for "Skinny Bitch." It’s aimed at the stomachs and waistlines and the hearts of the women of America. But even men are picking it up. NBA star Jerry Stackhouse of the Dallas Mavericks went vegetarian after reading "Skinny Bitch." . . . 

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Talk Back: Looking Back and Ahead

By on January 3, 2008 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Readers responded to 2007’s achievements for animals and legislative advances with encouraging words for the year ahead. Among the comments we received: I just finished reading this summary of what transpired with HSUS over the past year and even though I have watched it unfold . . . 

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Humane Heroes of 2007

By on December 28, 2007 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Humane Heroes of 2007

Surely one of the best traits that humans possess is altruism—a willingness to help others, even at some personal risk or cost to us. © iStockphoto It’s a powerful and good emotional response, and that other-centered behavior is at the very heart of the animal . . . 

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Animals in a New Light

By on December 24, 2007 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animals in a New Light

The celebration of the birth of Jesus is the high holiday for Christians. We are told in the Gospels that he was born to a virgin mother and that he received gifts from three wise men. Also according to the accounts, Jesus was placed in . . . 

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