Archive for March, 2013
When I travel around the country, many advocates ask me, “how can I do more to help animals?” Responding to that question, sometime back, on “A Humane Nation,” I wrote a blog listing 55 ways to help. One of the best ongoing training grounds for engagement is our Animal Care Expo, a world-class educational conference and . . .
Yesterday, The HSUS took out the first in a series of full-page advertisements in Indiana newspapers condemning proposed anti-whistleblower or “ag-gag” legislation, SB 373, which is designed to prevent the public from getting whistleblower-based information about the workings of factory farms. In the ad, we let Indiana newspapers do the talking, since most of the state’s . . .
The HSUS has drawn a line in the sand – no trophy hunting of wolves in Michigan. Today, together with other members of a broad coalition of organizations, The HSUS submitted 253,705 signatures in support of a referendum to nullify the Michigan legislature’s December 2012 act to reclassify wolves as a game species, which is . . .
The issue of horse slaughter is playing out at the highest levels of government – both as a matter of policy and the actual mechanics of overseeing the industry and its effects. Presented with a half dozen applications for horse slaughter plants his agency will be called on to inspect, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack . . .
We campaign hard against baiting and hounding of predators, contest kills, captive hunts, trophy hunts, poaching, the trade in wildlife parts, and so many other human-caused problems for wildlife. But arguably the greatest anthropogenic threat to wildlife is destruction of habitat. That’s one reason why the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust works so hard to protect . . .
Texas is now the nation’s second largest state, and it’s a vital one for animal protection. In the last few years, we’ve seen the state adopt a law to set up a framework to regulate puppy mills; crack down on cockfighting by prohibiting spectators of the blood sport, as well as the possession of paraphernalia . . .
The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to lead the more than 1 billion member Roman Catholic Church was met with widespread praise, and many have found much to admire in the new pope’s humility and initial focus. At The HSUS, we were heartened to learn that the new pontiff selected a name in honor of St. . . .
Yesterday, The Federal Trade Commission announced an enforcement action against Neiman Marcus and two other retailers for misrepresenting animal fur to consumers by advertising it as “faux fur” on their websites. We applaud the FTC for this action and for its continued attention to fur labeling laws, and we urge them to stay on the . . .
When it comes to sharks, big cats, bears and wolves, we humans are conflicted. We admire their physical prowess and power, but we also fear those attributes. Scientists have documented the essential role they play in ecosystem health, but ranchers, and even commercial fisherman, fear the very idea of predators killing their livestock or their catch. . . .
Starting in the 1990s, The HSUS and a range of organizational partners launched statewide ballot initiatives to halt inhumane and unpopular practices – like cockfighting, bear baiting, extreme confinement of farm animals, puppy mills and the use of steel-jawed leghold traps – and lawmakers aligned with animal-use industries didn’t like that one bit. After blocking . . .