Archive for October, 2016
From factory farming to wildlife trafficking, ballot measures to affect the lives of millions of animals
When voters cast their ballots in this general election, they won’t only be making critical decisions about who will represent them in the White House, Congress, and state and local offices. In a number of states, citizens will also vote on ballot initiatives concerning the humane treatment of animals—deciding whether to adopt policies on factory . . .
The political campaign against Question 3 – an HSUS-backed measure to combat extreme confinement of animals on factory farms — is struggling with a crisis of credibility. First, the opponents are arguing that a measure to give animals raised for food a little room to move is a “tax” on consumers that will “hurt people . . .
Inside a glass-fronted enclosure at a bustling mall in China, a polar bear named “Pizza” paces around restlessly, swinging his head in frustration over and over. He finds neither comfort nor companionship; only throngs of gawking people, mainly kids, running back and forth, banging on the glass for his attention as they take selfies. It’s . . .
Our fight to save whales from commercial whaling continues after a proposal to establish a South Atlantic sanctuary for whales failed this week at the International Whaling Conference, which is still in progress in Portorož, Slovenia. A host of nations far from the South Atlantic voted against the proposal, urged on by Japan, which defied . . .
Taiwan has become the second major market in Southeast Asia to take a stand against cosmetics cruelty with a vote last week to ban animal testing in the beauty industry. With this new policy, more than 1.7 billion consumers in 34 global markets have directly felt the effects of Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign. The . . .
Even the U.S. military, possessed with so many brave, self-sacrificing individuals, has not been immune from a handful of its recruits perpetrating some very awful cases of cruelty. In recent years, authorities charged a U.S. Marine couple living at Camp Pendleton in California with shattering their dog’s legs and binding his mouth with rubber bands . . .
Starting today, the United States will not allow the import of captive-bred lion trophies from South Africa – the world’s leading lion trophy hunting nation by a long shot (600 of the 700 lion trophies that come into the United States each year are from South Africa). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe . . .
In wake of Zanesville tragedy, five states still have no rules on private ownership of dangerous animals
This week marks the five-year anniversary of perhaps the saddest incident in the nation’s history related to the private ownership of dangerous exotic wildlife. In Zanesville, Ohio, a mentally disturbed man released his private menagerie of 50 tigers, lions, cougars, bears, wolves, and primates before committing suicide, leading authorities to hunt down dozens of the . . .
With the apparent killing of Pedals last week, and the slaying of more than 500 other black bears in New Jersey, it’s clear that something’s rotten in the Garden State. In a frenzy of killing the state’s small population of bruins, trophy hunters killed 562 bears during this year’s archery and muzzleloader season. Readers of . . .
Special interest groups and some Colorado politicians have crafted a constitutional amendment, Amendment 71, that masquerades as an election reform proposal but really amounts to an attack on the voting rights of the citizenry. If approved, it will disable future efforts to advance animal welfare and conservation reforms in Colorado through the initiative process. It . . .