Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

By on August 9, 2017 with 0 Comments
Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

Today, the national fast food chain Sonic has announced new policies to bring about better conditions for all the chickens in its supply chain. The Oklahoma-based company serves food to more than three million customers each day at its 3,500 locations, so this announcement will surely reverberate through the poultry sector. Sonic joins the surging . . . 

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From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

By on August 8, 2017 with 1 Comment
From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

Films have long been inviting us to rethink the way we view animals—a studious spider who weaves words about saving a pig from the dinner plate, a terrified baby elephant yanked from his mother and forced to perform in a circus, a clownfish who journeys far across the ocean to rescue a son swiped from . . . 

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Tamping down the war on wolves

By on August 7, 2017 with 2 Comments
Tamping down the war on wolves

Wolves are in the crosshairs of trophy hunters, commercial trappers, ranchers, state and federal lawmakers, and state and federal wildlife managers in established areas of their range throughout North America. We are a counter-weight to those threats, particularly in the United States, and last week, The HSUS won a signature battle for wolves. The U.S. . . . 

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New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

By on August 3, 2017 with 2 Comments
New York state crushes ivory stockpiles in Central Park as an act of theater to rally the world against the ivory trade

With the federal government taking active and intentional steps inimical to animal protection and conservation — launching an assault on native predators, looking to roll back federal protections of national monuments, and distancing our nation from the active global fight against climate change — some of the biggest states are taking on the mantle of . . . 

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Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

By on August 2, 2017 with 7 Comments
Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Horse soring – a practice where unethical and remorseless trainers intentionally injure the front feet and legs of horses by mechanical or chemical means to exaggerate the animals’ gait in order to win ribbons in the show ring – is one of the most disgraceful forms of organized cruelty practiced in a highly organized way . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

By on August 1, 2017 with 10 Comments
Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has sided with The HSUS and other animal welfare groups and ruled that federal protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act should be maintained for 4,000 or so wolves inhabiting the northern reaches of the boreal forests of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This was . . . 

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The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

By on July 31, 2017 with 7 Comments
The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

Iconic symbols of the United States and also one of the first animals to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, bald eagles are dying in alarming numbers, according to an HSUS survey of news reports. The analysis reveals that lead poisoning has afflicted more than 70 bald eagles in the last year. These, of . . . 

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Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

By on July 28, 2017 with 3 Comments
Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

Last month, I wrote about a startling rescue The HSUS carried out with law enforcement officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eighty-four Great Danes had been living in a suspected puppy mill being run out of a mansion that looked grand on the outside but was rotten on the inside. The situation had deteriorated so badly . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

By on July 27, 2017 with 5 Comments
U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. The House passed the amendment last night by voice vote. . . . 

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U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

By on July 26, 2017 with 9 Comments
U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

Puppies and adult dogs are subjected to botched surgeries, induced heart attacks, and other invasive procedures, and then euthanized, as part of experiments carried out at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals – and you and other American taxpayers are funding it. This disturbing fact was recently uncovered at the McGuire Medical Center VA hospital in Richmond, . . . 

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