Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals
After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. In doing so, the agency has again poked . . .
Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West
Trophy hunting organizations and state fish and wildlife agencies are in cahoots in the Southwest in executing ruthless mountain lion killing programs, typically involving radio telemetry equipment, packs of hounds, and rifles and bows they use to shoot lions they’ve driven into trees to kill . . .
Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws
Devin Patrick Kelley was a miscreant as an adult—a sick and deranged human being, who left death and suffering and heartache in his wake. His worst act was the mass murder that he alone executed on Sunday, at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. . . .
Honors among thieves
The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a . . .
HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals
California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the . . .
HSI and partners launch campaign to end Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade
The images in the video are the kind that tear more than tug at the hearts of dog lovers. Animals are snatched from the streets (including owned pets), their muzzles tied tight with strings, after which they are stuffed into small sacks and packed into . . .
New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.
When Hurricane Maria scoured the landscape of Puerto Rico, it killed people. It flattened and swallowed structures. It cut off power and left people in the dark and without refrigeration or air conditioning. It killed a lot of animals. We know, because our teams were . . .
Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef
Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to . . .
Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much
Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine . . .
Breaking news: World Trade Organization rules in favor of U.S. on dolphin-safe tuna labels
You might call it The Day of the Dolphin II. The World Trade Organization has delivered a decisive and critical victory to protect dolphins from U.S. and foreign fleets seeking to sell tuna in the U.S. market, in one of the longest-running global fights for . . .
HSUS, Emancipet partner and stay the course for pets and families in Houston
The day starts early at Emancipet’s low-cost veterinary clinic in the east end of Houston, where The HSUS is collaborating with the clinic to help animals and people buffeted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. With leashed dogs at their sides or cats crated or . . .
Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros
Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. . . .