© 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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .