Talk Back: Food for Thought
Many readers contemplated two recent blog entries—a spotlight of Rabbi Marc Gellman’s essay regarding the ethics of keeping animals in zoos and our responsibilities to animals, and an update on the increased focus on factory farming abuses. Among the reactions to Gellman’s essay: I’m always . . .
Breakthrough Moments Broadcast Our Message
No matter how hard we try in the animal-protection movement, sometimes the message just doesn’t get through, and problems of cruelty are denied the public attention they deserve. So many cruel practices persist, not because reform could not command enough support, but because people just . . .
Keeping the Gloves on till Animal Fighting’s Gone
In keeping with this week’s theme of showcasing our hands-on work and our video resources, I want to direct you to The Final Round, an HSUS video on the ugly world of animal fighting (warning: video contains graphic footage). The HSUS devotes major resources to . . .
Dog Devotion, Pedestrian and Presidential
The dog days are upon us. This is the season when the brightest star in Canis Major, Sirius or the “dog star,” once rose with the sun. Ancient astronomers believed Sirius added to the sun’s heat during these summer months. Credit: Library of CongressGrace Coolidge, . . .
Talk Back: Shame on the Shillers
Many readers responded to the series of blogs exposing the fatuous claims of HSUS critics (you can see those here, here and here). Among the comments we received: I don’t know what’s worse: organizations that mislead the public and falsely claim to support animal welfare . . .
Farm Animals Front and Center
The plight of farm animals has always been a concern of The Humane Society of the United States. But the well-being of these animals—raised by the billions in factory farms and slaughtered at a rate of more than one million per hour—is now increasingly gaining . . .
Plan of Attack Against Dogfighting
© The HSUS Last week, the contract shillers at the Center for Consumer Freedom—which has never known a form of animal abuse it will not directly or indirectly defend—attacked The Humane Society of the United States for our fundraising and program work against dogfighting. We . . .
Our critics simply can’t stand it when The Humane Society of the United States and the reforms we advocate are in the spotlight. So the current intense focus on dogfighting must be almost too much to take for the folks who have made a business . . .
Concerns and Criticisms Well-Justified for Vick
Last night, I was on MSNBC’s Live with Dan Abrams’ show to discuss the Michael Vick case. Yesterday, one of Vick’s co-defendants pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with the federal government—a development that some legal analysts have called "devastating" for Vick. Also, yesterday, the . . .
Weekend Victories and an Urgent Appeal
Nike just did it. It suspended its contract with Michael Vick late Friday afternoon. Nike is a tough corporation and rarely bows to pressure on any issue. Its accommodation to the public’s demands shows both the depth of revulsion Americans have for animal cruelty and . . .
Talk Back: Praise for Pit Bulls
As the nation’s attention is drawn to the dogfighting allegations against Michael Vick, pit bulls—the most common victims of this violent “sport”—have also been thrust into the spotlight. We heard from several readers who were apprehensive about the limelight. Among them: As an owner of . . .