Whoopi Amends Her Whoops

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

Good for Whoopi. She knew she stepped in it, and today she made amends. She condemned Michael Vick’s dogfighting, and she let us know that she has adopted many animals. She’s back on our holiday card list. Maybe she can lend her distinct voice again—and . . . 

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No Excuse for Dogfighting

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

I like Whoopi Goldberg. I have admired Whoopi Goldberg. But I fear that she has contracted some form of spongiform encephalopathy and her brain has been partially eaten away by a prion. Yesterday, in her debut as co-host of "The View," she spoke about Michael . . . 

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Three Unspoken Words

By on September 4, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Three Unspoken Words

Thirty-seven words are scrawled on the sheet of paper. The handwriting is small. The ideas expressed, though, were designed for a large audience. I’m speaking here of a sheet of paper that appears to be Michael Vick’s very own list of talking points for his . . . 

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CCF Ads Are Kitty Litter

By on August 31, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

I must offer a thanks again to the contract shillers at the Center for Consumer Freedom. They’ve done us a favor. I am not kidding. CCF is best known as a front group for tobacco, alcohol, restaurant and agribusiness special interests. It has become tiresome . . . 

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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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