Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Talk Back: Safety for Baby Seals, Downer Cattle

Talk Back: Safety for Baby Seals, Downer Cattle

From my perch at The HSUS, I see so much change for the good occurring for animals. Last week, I was beyond thrilled by the Russian government’s announcement to end the killing of baby seals in that country. Vladimir Putin the week before had signaled . . . 

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On Federal Protections, We’re Not Crying Wolf

By on March 10, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
On Federal Protections, We’re Not Crying Wolf

We knew Sarah Palin would be murder on wolves had she been elected, but we expected more of the Obama Administration and its political appointees. While we have had some strong pronouncements for animal protection from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and there are many signs . . . 

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No (Shark Fin) Soup for You

By on March 3, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No (Shark Fin) Soup for You

All for a bowl of soup. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2009, designed to end U.S. involvement in the monstrous cruelty of shark finning—hacking the fins off a live shark, with the animal then thrown overboard to die. . . . 

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Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger

By on February 24, 2009 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger

One of The HSUS’s most important functions is to spotlight decision-making—sound and unsound. We single out leadership on behalf of animals to show what’s right. And we highlight bad conduct to debunk flawed thinking and promote accountability. Two very different people deserve the attention for . . . 

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Talk Back: Turmoil Over Travis

By on February 19, 2009 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

As the lurid and unsettling details of the chimpanzee attack on 55-year-old Charla Nash come to light, it is so obvious that we need better and more complete state and federal laws to stop the trade in wild animals as pets, specifically the larger animals . . . 

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Five Fatal Lessons From Chimp Attack

By on February 17, 2009 in Animal Research and Testing, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Five Fatal Lessons From Chimp Attack

I feel like we at The HSUS are constantly reminding policy makers, animal-use industries, and regular people about mind-numbingly reckless behavior when it comes to our treatment of animals—whether it’s dragging sick or crippled “downer cows” into slaughterhouses for human consumption, dosing animals on factory . . . 

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Shot Heard ‘Round the Park

By on February 10, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Shot Heard ‘Round the Park

In 1985, I worked four months at Isle Royale National Park, an archipelago in the middle of Lake Superior best known for its moose and wolves. Since the 1950s, it’s been something of a laboratory for the study of predator-prey relationships. Because of its isolation, . . . 

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Circus Elephant Trial Starts Tomorrow

By on February 3, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Circus Elephant Trial Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, after a dizzying array of delays and obstructionist tactics that have persisted for more than eight years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will finally stand trial in federal district court in D.C. over charges that the world’s most famous circus cruelly mistreats . . . 

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Say What, Punxsutawney Phil?

By on February 2, 2009 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Say What, Punxsutawney Phil?

In celebration of Groundhog Day, let’s show a little appreciation for these fantastic animals. Share our tip sheet with anyone you know who’s complained of a groundhog in their garden. Then submit a caption for this close-up of Punxsutawney Phil.

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We Need Your Vote on Components of “Change Agenda for Animals”

We Need Your Vote on Components of “Change Agenda for Animals”

As a marker of a healthy democracy, there is nothing to match the spectacle of seeing a new American president sworn in. This transfer of political authority is one of the foundation stones of democratic government, and a reminder that the people of America ultimately . . . 

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2008: A Look Back

2008: A Look Back

I’ve had the privilege of being president of The HSUS for short of five years now.  I had hoped, in taking the post, that I could enhance the organization’s reputation as a powerful, mainstream force for animal protection—a force that could take on the major . . . 

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Gray, with a Silver Lining

By on December 23, 2008 in Companion Animals, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Gray, with a Silver Lining

I celebrate the people who go to shelters or rescue groups to adopt any homeless dog or cat. It’s an act of love and kindness. But I have a special place in my heart for people who adopt senior pets. These dogs or cats may . . . 

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