Archive for June, 2011
There’s been a flurry of activity with bearing on our campaign to stop the slaughter of American horses. A few weeks ago, I asked you to call your U.S. representative and urge him or her to support an amendment led by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to bar funding for federal inspections at any horse slaughter . . .
Last week, I told you about an Animal Planet special featuring a new HSUS investigation into captive hunts, where trophy hunters pay to shoot tame, fenced-in animals. Lawmakers have introduced legislation to outlaw the practice.
Botox manufacturer Allergan announced last week that it has developed a new procedure that avoids using animals in testing this product. This follows a seven-year effort by The HSUS and our partners encouraging Allergan to replace the Lethal Dose 50 test.
We hear or read comments every day in the press from Members of Congress from both parties about the need to reduce government spending, because of our nation’s multi-trillion dollar deficit. The budget crisis is so severe that even iconic programs that benefit millions of Americans—including Social Security and Medicare—are being examined for major cost . . .
It’s important to cultivate within ourselves the right sorts of values when it comes to animals, and that we put these beliefs into action. That’s the very purpose of The HSUS—to promote a collective consciousness in society about animals and to push for tangible progress on animal welfare issues in big and small ways. And . . .
Bringing dogs to work is an emerging social phenomenon, and now there’s even a day to celebrate it: Friday, June 24, is the second annual Take Your Dog to Work Day®,” created by Pet Sitters International. It’s yet another manifestation of how dogs have infiltrated and enlivened just about every aspect of our lives–and it’s . . .
Last night’s Animal Planet Investigates piece on our captive hunting undercover work exposed an ugly subculture of the hunting industry. It’s bad enough that exotic animals are placed in fenced areas to be shot for a trophy. Add to this that the operators then drug some of the animals to make the whole thing a . . .
In The Bond, I point a few fingers at the folks who stand in the way of animal protection. Sure, sometimes it’s a few politicians, but generally they take their cue from special interest groups that make it their business to retard progress on animal welfare. Of the groups I take aim at in the . . .
Yesterday, The Virginian Pilot ran an article about Smithfield, the world’s largest pork producer, having posted “record profits” for its latest fiscal year. It’s time for Smithfield to fulfill its commitment to phase out cruel gestation crates for breeding sows.