NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

By on September 26, 2017 with 158 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

The Chelsea Kennel Club – a boutique Manhattan pet store that was the focus of an HSUS undercover investigation released just two months ago – appears to be shuttered. In July, we posted a heartbreaking video of sick puppies and deficient care there, which attracted . . . 

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Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

By on September 25, 2017 with 17 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Puerto Rico’s governor to sign executive order for massive on-the-ground plan to save animals

The situation in Puerto Rico is so dire that Commonwealth and federal authorities have still been unable to do a thorough damage assessment, even though it’s been five days since the hurricane enveloped the island and flooded or flattened so much of it. Cell phone . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

By on September 22, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to . . . 

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HSI helps more than 1,300 animals in Mexico after first earthquake, while Hurricane Maria scours Caribbean islands

By on September 20, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSI helps more than 1,300 animals in Mexico after first earthquake, while Hurricane Maria scours Caribbean islands

Today, we are consumed with thoughts of anguish and sorrow for the people and animals in a half-dozen nations – for 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico; for the already battered people in the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, and other island inhabitants of Caribbean countries; . . . 

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HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

By on September 19, 2017 with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Some years ago, a handful of companies rejected animal testing as a research and development practice and chose to only market products known to be safe to consumers. As a nod to the growing ranks of consumers concerned about animal cruelty, they affixed a symbol . . . 

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California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

By on September 18, 2017 with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California leads again – this time, in fighting puppy mills

California is set to enact a statewide law that would ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores and require that stores instead source dogs, cats, and rabbits from shelters and rescues. The Senate recently passed the measure with not a single legislator . . . 

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Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

By on September 15, 2017 with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

In a major ruling with significant implications for the principle of the right of states to crack down on animal cruelty in agriculture, a unanimous panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. . . . 

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House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

By on September 14, 2017 with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

This week, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, with votes coming only from Republican members of the committee. Democrats recognized that this bill has little to do with rank-and-file sportsmen’s issues, and saw it for . . . 

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HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

By on September 13, 2017 with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

The endangered key deer used extraordinary swimming and other survival skills to weather Irma’s assault on the Florida Keys. Greyhound owners gambled by hunkering down with thousands of the dogs in kennels at or near their racetracks, and apparently made it through. The HSUS affiliate, . . . 

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Trainer of winning horse at national Tennessee walking horse show suspended from competition for illegal activity

By on September 12, 2017 with 97 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trainer of winning horse at national Tennessee walking horse show suspended from competition for illegal activity

A few days ago, I wrote about plummeting attendance at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, with the stands thin or bare on the most important nights of the two-week-long event – a resounding rejection by the public of the soring cruelty inflicted on horses . . . 

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HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

By on September 11, 2017 with 12 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

As if there isn’t enough misunderstanding in the world nowadays, a few voices in the zoo community have scolded the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for inviting me to give a keynote presentation at the opening session at the group’s annual conference that kicked . . . 

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HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

By on September 9, 2017 with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS deploying in Florida even as we deliver new services on the ground in Texas

Special report: Late tonight, the United States mainland faces the second punch from storms of abnormal intensity. The HSUS Animal Rescue Team’s fleet of vehicles is at the ready to deploy to areas in Florida that sustain the brunt of Irma’s fury. We’ve already conducted . . . 

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