Gaining Ground for Sows
At The Humane Society of the United States, we’ve concentrated much of our anti-factory farming activity on three of the cruelest confinement practices—veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates. We are seeing major changes in all three areas, and especially so on gestation crates. When . . .
FDA Says: Let Them Eat Clones
Clogged arteries. Global warming. Animal cruelty. Mad cow disease. Salmonella. Manure lagoons. Overgrazing. These are just some of the public relations problems faced by the meat, dairy, and egg industries. Now add animal cloning to the brew. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration—defying the wishes . . .
Today’s Washington Post has a story about how animal issues have become high-profile, priority measures for this year’s Virginia legislature this session in Richmond. Michael Vick’s arrest and prosecution and the high-profile HSUS investigation into puppy mills have drawn enormous and unprecedented attention to animal . . .
© The HSUS/Topinka Veterinarians and veterinary groups should be in the forefront of the animal protection movement. But often times they have not occupied that leadership position. And much to my great disappointment, the leading veterinary organization in the United States, the American Veterinary Medical . . .
From the Industry’s Mouth
The horse slaughter industry and its allies, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, seem to predicate their policy stance opposing a ban on horse slaughter for human consumption on bare conjecture. Their argument: if slaughter plants aren’t allowed to acquire and kill American horses, peel . . .
Talk Back: Woe for Captive Wildlife
Readers responded to the recent escape of Tatiana, a Siberian tiger who attacked three men at the San Francisco Zoo, and shared their concerns about the treatment of captive wildlife by zoos, circuses and private owners. Among the comments we received: There have been reports . . .
You Asked: Winning Worldwide
Last week, a comment from blog reader Sara caught my eye. It builds on my blog from yesterday about some exciting developments in Europe. Today, I offer a broader round-up of some of our international advocacy. Q. Can I request that you detail some more . . .
Allies for Change
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International do not restrict their work to the boundaries of the United States. We live in the era of globalization, with information, commodities, people and animals moving routinely across national borders. With our economic and . . .
Real or Faux: Shoppers May Not Know
Many coat retailers have an incomplete knowledge of the fur trim on the coats they sell. And they are not taking the time to find out—even though it’s a legal responsibility. Last winter, HSUS investigators did a little bit of pre-holiday shopping and sniffed out . . .
Hoax Site Represents Real Tragedy
The Internet is a remarkable tool for animal protection; indeed, The HSUS has more than 1 million online advocates, and humanesociety.org is an invaluable resource for people who want information about animal advocacy or who want to take action to help animals. But the Internet . . .
Spoonful of Sass
I am not the target demographic for "Skinny Bitch." It’s aimed at the stomachs and waistlines and the hearts of the women of America. But even men are picking it up. NBA star Jerry Stackhouse of the Dallas Mavericks went vegetarian after reading "Skinny Bitch." . . .
Talk Back: Looking Back and Ahead
Readers responded to 2007’s achievements for animals and legislative advances with encouraging words for the year ahead. Among the comments we received: I just finished reading this summary of what transpired with HSUS over the past year and even though I have watched it unfold . . .