Talk Back: Celebrating Cats and Creatures
Readers enjoyed last week’s poll, but were challenged to choose just one cat. Among the comments we received: A great tribute to our wonderful feline companions. —Andrea A. It was impossible to vote for just one, so I gave them all a vote for the . . .
Two Milestones in the Fight for Animals
We just don’t give up at The HSUS. Some of the fights we launch are tough, and the goals we set may seem unachievable at the outset. But we just keep coming. We wear down our opponents. We engage the public and the media. We . . .
Congress Takes Swipe at Pet Declawing
Sometimes good stuff for animals happens without much fanfare or notice. At The HSUS’ recommendation, the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives included report language in legislation to reduce the suffering associated with cat declawing. © iStockphoto The HSUS has long opposed surgical . . .
Community and HSUS Face Flooding Together
There were countless animal lives lost when Katrina and then Rita struck along an enormous swath of the Gulf Coast. There was also a remarkably generous private response to the hurricanes, and an outpouring of public concern for the victims of the disaster, including the . . .
One reason I decided to blog was to have a rapid-response capability—to respond to breaking news, to bring up urgent issues not getting the mainstream attention they deserve, and to create a dialogue with our supporters. I also wanted a forum to rebut some of . . .
Forging Ahead for Farm Animals
When I was elected President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States in April 2004, The Washington Post ran an article entitled, “Vegan in The Henhouse: Wayne Pacelle, Putting Animals On (and Off) the Table.” The fact that I’m the first vegan . . .
Agricultural Committee Cleans Up Farm Bill
Here is some good news. I wrote earlier this week about a provision quietly slipped in to the earliest versions of the House Farm Bill—Section 123 of Title I. If adopted, the provision would have nullified a raft of state and local animal protection laws. . . .
Celebrate Cats, and Vote for the Cutest
A few weeks ago I wrote about Take Your Dog to Work Day and The Humane Society of the United States’ canine colleagues. But the month of June didn’t go entirely to the dogs—it also marked Adopt-A-Cat Month. Cats have steadily and stealthily crept into . . .
The Great Federal Power Grab
Section 123 of Title I of the Farm Bill is the most worrying legislation you’ve never heard of. Slipped into an early draft of the Farm Bill written by the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, this section threatens to nullify dozens of animal . . .
Talk Back: Can’t Bear the News
Readers were upset when the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment to ban the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada. Among the comments we received: For shame! What does it say about us as human beings that we are unwilling or unable . . .
Another Reason to Forgo Foie Gras
Many of the things we do to animals raised for food are callous and seem to defy common sense. They can be harmful to animals, but also detrimental to human self-interest. Look what happened when producers fed ground-up animals to cattle, who are naturally herbivorous. . . .
Lifeblood of the Movement
The Humane Society of the United States has an extraordinary staff, augmented a great deal with personnel who have joined us over the last two years thanks to our mergers with The Fund for Animals and the Doris Day Animal League. Staff members are committed . . .