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 . . .
Second Chance for Chimps
It was an incredible year of awareness about chimpanzees. Chimps vanquished college students at cognitive tasks; there was a gathering of world-renowned experts at a conference entitled “The Mind of the Chimpanzee;” and the nation mourned the death of a chimpanzee named Washoe, well-known for . . .
Tiger Escape Reveals Crisis in Captive Wildlife Treatment
Last week, a four-year-old Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped from her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and mauled three people, killing 17-year-old Carlos Sousa, Jr. Police officers, responding to the attacks in progress, shot and killed Tatiana after she apparently made menacing moves in . . .
Last Chance to Help Animals in 2007
It’s the last day of 2007, and your last day to make a tax-deductible contribution to The HSUS this year. © The HSUS/Carol Guzy It’s been an extraordinary year of achievements for animals and for The HSUS—with major gains on dogfighting and cockfighting, factory farming, . . .
Humane Heroes of 2007
Surely one of the best traits that humans possess is altruism—a willingness to help others, even at some personal risk or cost to us. © iStockphoto It’s a powerful and good emotional response, and that other-centered behavior is at the very heart of the animal . . .
Progress in Politics: Laws for Animals
The organized animal protection movement has certainly paid attention to lobbying and lawmaking through the years, but the lion’s share of resources have been directed to direct animal care, such as rescue and sheltering. In the modern lobbying era—the last 25 years, where we’ve witnessed . . .
Winning the Fight for Animals in ’07
Last week, I wrote a letter to some HSUS supporters about some of our accomplishments for the year. In many respects, it’s been a remarkable year, and we’ve achieved many of our programmatic goals for the year. For those of you who relish the details, . . .
Animals in a New Light
The celebration of the birth of Jesus is the high holiday for Christians. We are told in the Gospels that he was born to a virgin mother and that he received gifts from three wise men. Also according to the accounts, Jesus was placed in . . .
There are a staggering 1.5 million charities in the United States. There are, perhaps, about 12,000 charities devoted to helping animals, most of them local groups performing animal sheltering or rescue work. Of all charitable giving in the United States, animals attract less than 1 . . .
Why Your Actions Matter
With so much misery that animals endure, it is sometimes difficult to see and to celebrate the change that is occurring. Yet the indicators of that change are all around us. And with every advance, we demonstrate the possibility of additional progress. We are finally . . .
Fighting Puppy Mills Full-Force
At The Humane Society of the United States, we are concentrating resources on some of the core problems that our nation confronts on animal protection—including factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, inhumane hunting practices, the exotic animal trade, and pet overpopulation and puppy mills. . . .
Talk Back: Puppy Pleas
Readers responded with a slew of comments to our investigation of Pets of Bel Air, which exposed the store’s deceitful tactics and reinforced the connection between pet stores and puppy mills. Among the commentary: The puppy mill/inhumane breeder issue is out there for all to . . .