Reform Needed to Rid Cruelty From Horse Competitions

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

Social change comes about not just with vision, but with practical action. Horse industry leaders have joined with The Humane Society of the United States and other humane groups in urging a ban on horse slaughter. Wolfgang Puck and other food industry leaders have joined . . . 

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Talk Back: A Plea for the Animals

By on August 29, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Monday, after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, Michael Vick issued a public apology (which you can see portions of here). His statements drew a mixed reaction from readers, with many finding them hard to swallow. Among the mass of comments we received: . . . 

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Turning the Tide After Katrina

By on August 29, 2007 with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Turning the Tide After Katrina

There is no question that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 reoriented us as a nation. In a different way, Hurricane Katrina did, too. We as a society were not prepared for a disaster of Katrina’s magnitude, and she exposed our full array of weaknesses in . . . 

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Spectacle of Bullfighting Losing Fans

By on August 28, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Spectacle of Bullfighting Losing Fans

Dogfighting has been in the news like never before. But there are other horrible spectator sports involving the torment of animals that are staged throughout the world, and none is better known than bullfighting. Fortunately, bullfighting is banned in the United States, except a limited . . . 

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Apology From A Fallen Star

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

Michael Vick just made a live, direct statement to the public regarding his circumstance. What he said today was spot on.  I felt real sympathy for Vick in watching him speak. I saw a man whose life has been turned upside down. No one can . . . 

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Vick Puts America on Watch

By on August 27, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Vick Puts America on Watch

Last Friday, the federal government released Michael Vick’s statement of facts in his plea deal in U.S. District Court in Richmond—and another round of press attention was showered on the case. Vick admitted to being centrally involved in a multi-state professional dogfighting operation, centered around . . . 

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Circus Elephants Get Day In Court

By on August 24, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Here’s a splash of good news from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in the federal court case initiated by a number of animal protection groups against Ringling Brothers. The Fund for Animals, ASPCA, Animal Protection Institute and Animal Welfare Institute are co-plaintiffs in a . . . 

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Cruelty—On All Fronts—Must be Condemned

By on August 23, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cruelty—On All Fronts—Must be Condemned

During the Katrina crisis two years ago, I expected to hear more of this: why are you helping the animals when there are people suffering? Fortunately, that false-choice manner of thought was reserved for only the strident opponents of animal protection or the most cynical . . . 

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Talk Back: Food for Thought

By on August 22, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

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 . . . 

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Breakthrough Moments Broadcast Our Message

By on August 22, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Guilty

By on August 21, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Michael Vick is almost certainly going to jail. For dogfighting. That’s a powerful message. You harm an animal, you lose your freedom. Perhaps also a bright career in professional sports. Hats off to the federal investigators at the USDA’s Office of Inspector General and to . . . 

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Young Boy’s Bravery Offers Inspiration

By on August 20, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Young Boy’s Bravery Offers Inspiration

It’s often that people ask me how I manage to deal with the barrage of animal abuse I encounter day after day. It’s gut wrenching, but I’ve found sometimes the worst cases of cruelty call extraordinary people to action. Today, I give you news about . . . 

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