Archive for August, 2016

Preventing all creatures great and small from perishing in Louisiana’s parishes

By on August 17, 2016 in Animal Rescue and Care with 5 Comments
Preventing all creatures great and small from perishing in Louisiana’s parishes

Right in the middle of the 2016 hurricane season, a slow-moving low-pressure weather system has dumped as much as two feet of rain on numerous Louisiana parishes in just a 48-hour period causing massive flooding, homelessness, and an endless series of crises for people and animals. The HSUS, along with a number of regional and . . . 

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Alberta says it will ban spearing as a hunting method as global furor grows over bear killing

By on August 16, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 23 Comments
Alberta says it will ban spearing as a hunting method as global furor grows over bear killing

Less than 24 hours after the news broke, the government of Alberta has spoken out about the depravity of the sick, self-filming, and unrepentant Josh Bowmar, the Ohio man who killed a bear with a homemade spear at a bait site in this western province of Canada. “The type of archaic hunting seen in the . . . 

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Ohio trophy hunter’s appalling conduct reminds us why the law must speak

By on August 15, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 37 Comments
Ohio trophy hunter’s appalling conduct reminds us why the law must speak

I’ve been devoted to animal protection for 30 years, and while I’ve seen extraordinary cases of heroism and sacrifice, I’ve also seen so many unconscionable acts of cruelty—so much pain and disregard for the value of life. While I often think I’ve seen everything, there are times when I see a level and expression of . . . 

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A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

A series of advances for animals—from rescuing animals in crisis to bullhook bans to protecting whales around the world

I’ve said before that there’s no group like The HSUS—operating on a global scale, advocating for all animals, using every reasonable avenue and approach, and doing it with remarkable impact and force. Yesterday alone provides a great example, with progress on multiple fronts. I wrote in yesterday’s blog about an announcement from the National Institutes . . . 

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NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

NIH announces plans for transfer of chimps from laboratories to sanctuaries

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released an official plan for the retirement to permanent sanctuary of the hundreds of government-owned and -supported chimpanzees, paving the way for the movement of these chimpanzees to commence in earnest. Back in November, after prior announcements that it was getting out of the business of using . . . 

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Puppy mill dogs rescued in big sky country

Puppy mill dogs rescued in big sky country

Just a few days ago, in Lincoln County, Montana, law enforcement officials and HSUS Animal Rescue Team members discovered dozens of animals in dire need. By the end of the day, these rescuers had saved 53 dogs—mostly poodles bred for sale through a personal website and Facebook presence. Some of the dogs were heavily matted, . . . 

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Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

In the largest request for action we’ve ever submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), The HSUS has asked the FTC to enforce federal consumer protection laws against 17 retailers—including Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom—for selling falsely advertised or labeled animal fur garments or accessories. The petition encompasses 37 items of wearing apparel and . . . 

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Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

By on August 8, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

Yesterday, on its front page, the Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard reported on the animal protection movement’s running the table with major American food retailers on the issue of cage confinement of hens. They are all converting to cage-free, as I’ve written about numerous times in the blog and also in detail in The Humane Economy. . . . 

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Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

Feds, HSUS shutter one of nation’s biggest cockfighting arenas

This week, the FBI with assistance from The HSUS raided one of the biggest cockfighting pits in the United States, in Citronelle, Alabama—a facility that, while empty when the raid occurred, had multiple pits and enough satellite sheds to house more than 1,000 fighting roosters awaiting their turn to slash other birds to death, or . . . 

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Congressional battle looms over new policy to tamp down ruthless predator control on federal lands in Alaska

By on August 4, 2016 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 4 Comments
Congressional battle looms over new policy to tamp down ruthless predator control on federal lands in Alaska

Denali National Park’s East Fork wolf pack has been decimated by human killing, according to experts who spoke yesterday to Alaska Public Radio. The den site for a key female in the pack is vacant, and it appears that trophy hunters and trappers have snared or shot three of the radio-collared wolves in the social . . . 

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