Tough Choices for Change

By on December 6, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tough Choices for Change

As CEO of the nation’s largest animal protection group, I receive a cascade of requests for assistance and financial support from individuals and organizations on a dizzying array of matters, including spay and neuter and pet overpopulation programs, captive wildlife issues, sanctuary assistance, hunting issues, . . . 

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Talk Back: Readers Release the Hounds

By on December 5, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Last week, Fox 5 in Atlanta aired an exposé of fox pens. Reader responses rolled in, ranging from disgust for the practice to defense of it. Among the comments we received: Thank you so much for addressing this issue. About a year ago, I read . . . 

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Exotic Animal Import a Risky Business

By on December 5, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Exotic Animal Import a Risky Business

Exotic pets may be beautiful, but the trade that gets them here is far from benign. Hundreds of thousands of wild animals—squirrels and rats from Africa and Asia, small carnivores from South America, birds, reptiles and amphibians from around the globe, and fish from coral . . . 

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Taking Stock for Animals

By on December 4, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

The Humane Society of the United States focuses its work in four major areas: public policy and enforcement of laws, public education (including our extensive youth education programs), hands-on care, and corporate policy reforms. Our work on the corporate policy front is among our most . . . 

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Hunting Extremes Shoot Sport in the Foot

By on December 3, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Hunting Extremes Shoot Sport in the Foot

Last week, I wrote about how an agribusiness industry lobbyist said that I and The HSUS were the greatest threat to animal agribusiness. I said he was guilty of hyperbole, but did concede we are a serious threat to factory farming and specifically to farm . . . 

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Bleatings from the Ag Lobby

By on November 30, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Bleatings from the Ag Lobby

Before The Humane Society of the United States helped to pass laws in Arizona, Florida and Oregon to ban some of the most inhumane confinement methods on factory farms, there were virtually no legal standards to provide even the most minimal protections for animals raised . . . 

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Talk Back: Common Cause

By on November 29, 2007 with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle

Readers responded to the blog about compassion for animals being a universal value and the new book by Mark Levin, an influential conservative, about his love for dogs and his concern for animal welfare. Thank you for positively reinforcing the interconnectedness of all… can’t wait . . . 

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Evidence Against Science’s Scare Tactics

By on November 29, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Evidence Against Science’s Scare Tactics

One of the most frustrating industries to deal with in all animal protection is the animal research community. Although there are many scientists who care about animal welfare, demagogues abound within this fraternity, and they are the masters of Chicken Little scare tactics, as if . . . 

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Penned Prey

By on November 28, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Last night, Randy Travis of Fox 5 in Atlanta aired part two of his investigation into so-called fox pens—enclosures where foxes and coyotes are released and torn apart by hounds. The animals cannot escape, and the odds are stacked heavily in favor of the pack . . . 

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Fenced-In Fox Hunting

By on November 27, 2007 with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Fenced-In Fox Hunting

Earlier this month, a Humane Society of the United States investigation revealed that the puppy mill industry in Virginia, and probably the entire nation, is much larger than any of us had thought. We found 1,000 commercial dog breeding operations in Virginia, and just 16 . . . 

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Starved for Space

By on November 26, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Starved for Space

I have been thinking a lot about space—not the virtually limitless area beyond our atmosphere where distance is measured in light years, but the very definite and measurable space in which we spend our lives on planet Earth. I spend a great deal of time . . . 

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Talking Turkey

By on November 22, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talking Turkey

Thanksgiving has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. I enjoy the idea of taking a respite from the frenetic pace of life and simply coming together as family or community, celebrating together and giving thanks for what we have. These occasions remind us of . . . 

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