Humane Economy

Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

No one should get away with animal cruelty. Not an individual and not an industry. But that’s what’s been happening with scofflaw owners and trainers within a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. This week, we applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing a proposed rule, fulfilling a number of the requests . . . 

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XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

Sodexo, the world’s second largest food service company with operations in 80 countries, announced today that it will phase in the exclusive use of cage-free eggs (liquid and shell) for its global supply chain by 2025, and we hope sooner. The announcement comes just over a year after Sodexo pledged to switch all 20 million . . . 

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Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

After a months-long Humane Society of the United States campaign— involving full-page newspaper ads, television commercials, dedicated social media efforts promoting our CagedForPublix website, and more—Publix has just announced a timeline for going 100 percent cage-free. Publix is the country’s fifth-largest grocery chain, and this marks the last of the top 25 grocery companies to . . . 

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A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

Step into a smallish elevator. Have a dozen others file in and fill it up, so much so that shoulders are pressed against one another from wall to wall. The elevator breaks down. The lights go out. Panic sets in. “I’ve got to get out of here!” – that’s the sequence of words racing through . . . 

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Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Voters in Massachusetts just took the Bay State one giant step closer to delivering a powerful punch to agribusiness interests that want to keep locking farm animals in cramped, overcrowded cages. Fueled by more than a thousand volunteer signature gatherers, The HSUS and other members of the coalition backing the farm animal protection ballot measure . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

By on June 26, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 9 Comments
Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

As we begin our launch of a major campaign to improve the lives of chickens raised for meat, I’m happy to report one of the biggest brand names in the world of chicken production is announcing promising reforms. The HSUS has helped set veal crates, gestation crates, and battery cages on a trajectory toward extinction . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Today, it was my great honor to attend the presidential signing ceremony at the White House for a revision of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, with my colleague Sara Amundson from the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Today’s final action upgrades a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals, and contains – for the . . . 

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Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

By on June 21, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

I hope you’ll take three minutes right now to watch a trailer for an exciting and remarkable new film about the struggle to build a more humane food production system in the United States. As I wrote in The Humane Economy, there are many explanations for the amazing progress we are seeing in different sectors . . . 

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National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

It was extraordinarily good news in March when SeaWorld, in cooperation with The HSUS, announced it would end the breeding of orcas and phase out its orca theatrical shows. Today, another big-name brand in the world of captive display of marine creatures has made a far-reaching announcement: the National Aquarium and its CEO, John Racanelli, have . . . 

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Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

Last week, Hollywood, Florida, became the 150th locale in the country to enact a pet shop ordinance banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, as a tool to dry up the markets for puppy mill operators. More than 40 cities have passed similar ordinances just this year, including Boston, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia. . . . 

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