Archive for December, 2013
Animal care is a core part of our organization, whether it’s the deployment of our animal rescue teams or our disaster responders, our setting up of emergency shelters to help animals in crisis, our urban and rural outreach and veterinary work in underserved communities, our international street dog management, our wildlife response, or the daily . . .
After I was elected president of The HSUS nearly a decade ago – and right on the heels of our corporate combination with The Fund for Animals – one thing I set out to do was to create a dedicated unit of animal protection lawyers to push forward the organization’s humane agenda in the courts, . . .
Today, I round up the top news stories driven by The HSUS. There were certainly other big stories centering on animals, and the publicity surrounding the release of “Blackfish” was perhaps the most notable one, generating massive concern over the plight of captive marine mammals. In New York, grassroots animal advocates put carriage horses on . . .
In recent days, I’ve recounted some of The HSUS’s wide-ranging accomplishments for 2013, achieved with your help and support. We maintain a separate affiliate, Humane Society International, whose work spans the globe. Indeed, in this era of globalization, with the pathways of trade and transport used by just about every animal-exploitation industry, we must meet . . .
The HSUS’ visionary founders did not want to duplicate the work of the local animal shelters. They wanted to complement and augment that work by professionalizing the field and taking on problems beyond the reach of local organizations. In the early years, when it came to companion animals, this included promoting and embedding in our . . .
This has been a big and challenging year for horses, with many equine issues covered in the news throughout 2013. There was the horse meat scandal in Europe, a move by the horse slaughter industry to resume killing on U.S. soil, continued excessive and often harsh round-ups of wild horses and burros in the West, . . .
We humans like to be top dog. We feel threatened by other predators, especially wolves. Though they are the forebears of the domesticated dog – and we’re in their debt for this contribution to civilization, family life and to countless human hobbies and enterprises – we’re still threatened by the wild, non-domesticated canids who’ve managed . . .
The worst thing in politics, it is said, is to be ignored. No risk of that happening with The HSUS, especially on farm animal protection. Feedstuffs noted that The HSUS has “achieved a foothold in the food industry and consumer media.” Meatingplace told its readers that “HSUS and its efforts are having an impact.” Pork . . .
So far this month, I’ve written about our biggest accomplishments of 2013, reported on our progress for wildlife in 2013, and taken measure of your favorite HSUS videos of the year. And I’ll continue running down our gains in particular subject areas, such as equine protection, direct care, and companion animals over the next few . . .
You’ve got to love it when a group called Heart spurns SeaWorld on account of its keeping killer whales captive for entertainment at its theme parks. Heart is one of eight major bands that have cancelled out on SeaWorld’s “2014 Bands, Brew and BBQ Fest” since the documentary “Blackfish” aired. The other names – all . . .