California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

By on September 18, 2017 with 3 Comments
California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

California is set to enact a statewide law that would ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and require that stores instead source dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescues. The Senate recently passed the measure with not a single legislator dissenting, and the Assembly concurred in overwhelming fashion, delivering the . . . 

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Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

By on September 15, 2017 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

In a major ruling with significant implications for the principle of the right of states to crack down on animal cruelty in agriculture, a unanimous panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. California had made it clear that the cruelty of foie . . . 

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House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

By on September 14, 2017 with 9 Comments
House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

This week, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, with votes coming only from Republican members of the committee. Democrats recognized that this bill has little to do with rank-and-file sportsmen’s issues, and saw it for what it is: a grab bag of shameful provisions aimed . . . 

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HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

By on September 13, 2017 with 1 Comment
HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

The endangered key deer used extraordinary swimming and other survival skills to weather Irma’s assault on the Florida Keys. Greyhound owners gambled by hunkering down with thousands of the dogs in kennels at or near their racetracks, and apparently made it through. The HSUS affiliate, the South Florida Wildlife Center, in Fort Lauderdale – from . . . 

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Trainer of winning horse at national Tennessee walking horse show suspended from competition for illegal activity

By on September 12, 2017 with 85 Comments
Trainer of winning horse at national Tennessee walking horse show suspended from competition for illegal activity

A few days ago, I wrote about plummeting attendance at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, with the stands thin or bare on the most important nights of the two-week-long event – a resounding rejection by the public of the soring cruelty inflicted on horses in the big lick faction of this industry. There’s a . . . 

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HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

By on September 11, 2017 with 12 Comments
HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

As if there isn’t enough misunderstanding in the world nowadays, a few voices in the zoo community have scolded the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for inviting me to give a keynote presentation at the opening session at the group’s annual conference that kicked off today in Indianapolis – a gathering that attracted about . . . 

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HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

By on September 9, 2017 with 6 Comments
HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

Special report: Late tonight, the United States mainland faces the second punch from storms of abnormal intensity. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team’s fleet of vehicles is at the ready to deploy to areas in Florida that sustain the brunt of Irma’s fury. We’ve already conducted a number of transports of animals from communities in the . . . 

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Compass, Aramark work with The HSUS to introduce plant-based options at universities, hospitals

By on September 8, 2017 with 1 Comment
Compass, Aramark work with The HSUS to introduce plant-based options at universities, hospitals

The food service sector is playing a positive role in improving the way animals are treated in American agriculture. Whether by establishing policies to eliminate the confinement of calves in veal crates, mother pigs in gestation crates, or hens in battery cages, or to vastly improve the lives of broiler chickens and to stipulate more . . . 

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Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

By on September 7, 2017 with 0 Comments
Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Harvey came with hurricane-force winds and an extraordinary load of precipitation, drinking up trillions of gallons of water from the Gulf and pouring them on Texas day after day, then going back for more. Now Irma has gained unprecedented strength from the unusually warm waters of the Atlantic and is churning and flattening small islands . . . 

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Putting the costs on animal abusers, not animal protectors

By on September 6, 2017 with 3 Comments
Putting the costs on animal abusers, not animal protectors

In June, The HSUS partnered with the Wolfeboro Police Department in New Hampshire to rescue 84 Great Danes from deplorable conditions inside a lavish million-dollar mansion. Responders found the dogs neglected and living in filth, and the owner taking all kinds of moral shortcuts while on her way to selling the animals for thousands of . . . 

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