Dog Devotion, Pedestrian and Presidential

By on August 10, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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, . . . 

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Shark on the Menu Puts Species in Peril

By on August 9, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Shark on the Menu Puts Species in Peril

I’ll admit that when I swim in the ocean, I have thought more than a few times about the presence of sharks. I guess it’s like walking in grizzly bear country or in mountain lion habitat. In these environs, we are not top dog, and . . . 

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Talk Back: Shame on the Shillers

By on August 8, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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Farm Animals Front and Center

By on August 8, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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A Calling to Care

By on August 7, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Calling to Care

Rabbi Marc Gellman’s essay at Newsweek.com about the ethics of keeping animals in zoos brought me back to a seminal experience—a turning point for me and my thoughts about our responsibilities to animals. I went to an all-boys Catholic high school in West Haven, Conn., . . . 

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Plan of Attack Against Dogfighting

By on August 6, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Dogfighting a Constant Battle for The HSUS

By on August 3, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dogfighting a Constant Battle for The HSUS

The contract shillers at the Center for Consumer Freedom are about the most shameless people I’ve ever come across. They put out a statement yesterday attempting to make a scandal of The HSUS raising funds to combat dogfighting as the spotlight has shined brightly on . . . 

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Congress Considers Flurry of Animal Protection Measures

By on August 2, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Congress Considers Flurry of Animal Protection Measures

There’s been a remarkable amount of activity on animal protection issues in Congress in recent days, in the lead-up to the August recess, which runs about a month through Labor Day. I wanted to provide a quick report to show you the progress we are . . . 

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Contract Shillers

By on August 1, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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Concerns and Criticisms Well-Justified for Vick

By on July 31, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Weekend Victories and an Urgent Appeal

By on July 30, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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Talk Back: Praise for Pit Bulls

By on July 27, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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