Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

By on January 24, 2017 with 37 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s anti-horse-soring rule – put in motion after a damning 2010 Inspector General’s report identified deficiencies in the execution of the federal law against horse soring – is in peril despite the agency announcing final, favorable action on the issue just . . . 

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Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

By on January 23, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

Today, Unilever – one of the world’s largest food conglomerates – announced that it has fulfilled its pledge to go exclusively cage-free for eggs in all Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise products, three years ahead of schedule. The acceleration of its previously-stated cage-free timeline – . . . 

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Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

By on January 19, 2017 with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

By on January 18, 2017 with 44 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

In its final major action for animals – this one perhaps promising to improve the treatment for millions and millions of animals in the coming years — the Obama Administration today finalized a rule that clarifies and updates the requirements of the “organic” label, establishing . . . 

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Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

By on January 16, 2017 with 446 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

It was the second thunderbolt from Ringling Bros. in the span of two years – a little more than a flash of time in the company’s 146-year history, but as dramatic and sensational as one could imagine. On Saturday night, during a long holiday weekend . . . 

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After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

By on January 13, 2017 with 182 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

Pushed to act by a series of HSUS undercover investigations and a national campaign that attracted the support of more than 300 members of the U.S. House and Senate across the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced strict new rules to crack . . . 

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Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

By on January 12, 2017 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

Dr. Michael Greger, former director of public health and animal agriculture at The HSUS and author of the runaway New York Times bestseller How Not to Die, is an extraordinary fount of knowledge about health and diet, and his work and science-based thinking are on . . . 

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Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

By on January 11, 2017 with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The Obama Administration has passed a flaming-hot coal to the Trump Administration – pushing to the incoming leadership at the Interior Department the decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears. Yesterday, news outlets reported that a Rocky Mountain region official with . . . 

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200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

By on January 10, 2017 with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
200 more dogs saved from the butcher in South Korea

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a link to the HSI news release with a list of the shelters where the dogs are going. Our Humane Society International team has closed down yet another dog meat farm in South Korea, once again becoming . . . 

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More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

By on January 9, 2017 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
More gains in India, including on the trade in exotic animal skins and fur

We’ve seen some extraordinary gains in the United States for animals in recent years, but India has more than kept pace, particularly since Humane Society International opened an office there five years ago. Working alongside local groups, our HSI team has just succeeded in persuading . . . 

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While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

By on January 6, 2017 with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

China announced last week a timetable to shutter the ivory market in the world’s most populous country and the biggest trading post for elephant tusks, which are carved into decorative trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, and other household items and jewelry. The year-long phase-out, expected to be . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

By on January 5, 2017 with 8 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, . . . 

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