Animals Now More Than A Pet Cause
© iStockphoto In your concern for animals, you are not alone. Nationwide Mutual Insurance, an industry giant, recently conducted a survey among a sample of Americans and asked them to rate the social causes they consider most important. Concern for animals came in second, behind . . .
Talk Back: Vick’s Script
Readers reacted to the news that a Humane Society of the United States employee discovered talking points discarded at the podium following Michael Vick’s public apology on August 27. The note, with six bulleted points and "dogs have suffered" scrawled in the corner, is now . . .
Votes Against Animals Put Reps in the Doghouse
You might call them friends of Michael Vick. Or friends of Cavel International—the Illinois horse slaughter plant. Or perhaps friends of Safari Club International—the group whose members hunt down and kill rare animals throughout the world to decorate their dens and win a place in . . .
Whoopi Amends Her Whoops
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 . . .
No Excuse for Dogfighting
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 . . .
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 . . .
CCF Ads Are Kitty Litter
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 . . .
Reform Needed to Rid Cruelty From Horse Competitions
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 . . .
Talk Back: A Plea for the Animals
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: . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Apology From A Fallen Star
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 . . .