Let’s Get Political
If you decide to read the 276 pages of "Get Political for Animals," be prepared. Author Julie Lewin is essentially grabbing you firmly by the shoulders, jerking you violently back and forth, and trying to shake some sense into you. Her message is simple: the . . .
Inspiration from a Three-Legged Poodle
My friend Jana Kohl is a real hero to me. Like many people, she’s always loved animals, but was unaware of the deprivation and suffering so many creatures endure. I met her some years ago, and spoke to her about the varieties of animal abuse . . .
Trophy Hunting Is Not Conservation
I hope you have been following the exchanges in the Talk Back posts, where we are posting a sampler of reader comments (if you’d like to join the conversation, offer a comment below). Thus far, I have stayed an arm’s length away and let the . . .
Talk Back: Polar Bear Peril
Several readers responded to the blog about polar bears and the dangers of a melting habitat and trophy hunters. Among the comments we received: Polar bears are facing enough problems from global warming and loss of habitat. Hunting them will just hasten their extinction. They . . .
Amazon Arguments Don’t Fly
The First Amendment protects speech. It does not protect criminal conduct. So you have to wonder why on earth Amazon.com, the retail giant, insists on trafficking in criminal materials in the name of “free speech.” © The HSUS Yesterday, the Humane Society amended its complaint . . .
Changing the World for Animals
I am obsessed with results. If you invest in a company, you expect to get a dividend or some other form of return. When you invest in an animal organization, like The HSUS, you should get a tangible result, too. In our case, it’s a . . .
Talk Back: Honoring Gretchen Wyler
Last week, The Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times paid homage to Gretchen Wyler, a Broadway actress turned animal advocate. In reaction to her passing, we also heard from readers: For 40 years, Gretchen’s intelligence and dedication released countless animals . . .
Struggle to Spare Horses
If you are one of our many online advocates who have taken action on horse slaughter, you will receive an email from me sometime today providing the latest news about our battle to stop the slaughter of horses for human consumption. (If you have not . . .
“Monster Pig” Shows Horror of Canned Hunts
Last week, an 11-year-old boy from Alabama killed a hog reported to weigh 1,051 pounds. The boy, Jamison Stone, is finishing the sixth grade this year. He shot the pig eight times with a .50 caliber revolver, according to the boy’s account. Accompanied by his . . .
Talk Back: Love the Logo
The virtual applause has been streaming in since our new logo was unveiled. Below is a collection of reader praise for the illustration: I love the new logo. Well thought out, inspiring and meaningful. I also like the positive spin of the organization with protecting . . .
B Dealers a Class of their Own
In 1976, more than 210,000 dogs were used in animal research according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (I blogged about the AWA yesterday). In 2005, the number reported by the USDA was under 67,000—about a . . .
Of Mice and Men
Earlier this year, the Congress amended the Animal Welfare Act to strengthen a section of law dealing with dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of staged animal fighting. With these amendments, the law now bans any interstate or foreign commerce in fighting animals or cockfighting implements, . . .