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4 years ago
Dear Animal Advocates,

More than 30,000 of you have reached out to the USDA in support of a proposed rule that, for the first time, would protect dogs bred and sold sight unseen from Internet, phone- and mail-based puppy mills. In the meantime, the opposition has begun ramping up its efforts against the rule, and it’s now more important than ever that you speak out. Please act now before the USDA closes the comment period to make sure this important rule is adopted.

Here’s What the ASPCA’s Amazing Advocates Are Saying:

“Puppy mills make my job as a Shelter Director so much more difficult. I appreciate a strong rule that will prohibit puppy mills from acting without laws.”

“What a shame that animals are allowed to proliferate and suffer because it's okay to sell online without anyone caring about what conditions they come from.”

“If we don't act for the thousands of dogs and puppies subjected to horrible living conditions, who will? Please support this rule.”

Currently, only breeders who sell dogs to pet stores or to puppy brokers are required to be licensed and inspected by the USDA. What this means is that in many cases, no one is checking up on breeders who sell puppies directly to consumers, including over the Internet. As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often grossly misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents. Please help us ensure that this licensing loophole is closed!

It’s Not Too Late! Tell the USDA You Support the Rule.

The USDA is only accepting comments from the public on this issue for a short time! Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online today to quickly and easily submit a comment to the USDA, letting the agency know that you support the proposed rule to close a loophole that has caused thousands of dogs to suffer inhumane treatment without any federal or public oversight.

Thank you for taking action for puppy mill dogs!

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4 years ago

Meeting Makana, a Rescued Albatross

Posted: 02 Jul 2012 12:04 PM PDT

Modern-day zoos and aquariums must do a great deal to warrant public support. They must educate the public about animal welfare and conservation, they must rescue animals in distress, and, ideally, they must put resources into wildlife protection programs in the field. Gone are the days when it’s enough just to exhibit animals. These institutions should be outspoken advocates for animals and help in the fight to protect them.

Makana, a rescued albatross at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Photo by Fritz Liess
Makana, a rescued albatross at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This spring, I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, which essentially exhibits sea animals native to the Monterey Bay area. I was able to see its life-saving sea otter rescue efforts and its foresighted, full-court press to urge people to avoid certain seafood, because of the devastating impacts some methods of fishing have on species and ecosystems.

I also had the opportunity to meet Makana, a 6-year-old Laysan albatross from Hawaii. Since Makana can’t be released back to the wild because of a wing injury, her job at the aquarium is to raise awareness about the deadly diet of sea trash that threatens seabirds across the Pacific.

If you don’t think animals are intelligent and feel a connection with people, take a look at this video.


P.S. Just yesterday at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an HSUS-backed law to ban the trade in shark fins.

4 years ago

Help Protect Delicate Dwarf Seahorses

Started by: Center for Biological Diversity, AZ.


Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect delicate dwarf seahorses.

Help Protect Delicate Dwarf Seahorses

Started by: Center for Biological Diversity, AZ.


In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed that the dwarf seahorse may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and is accepting comments until July 3 before making a decision. The smallest seahorse in America, the dwarf seahorse faces big problems: water quality degradation in the Gulf of Mexico, pollution from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and cleanup and, most importantly, loss of their seagrass habitat.

Dwarf seahorses are habitat specialists, so as seagrasses disappear, the seahorses vanish with them. More than 50 percent of Florida seagrasses have been destroyed since 1950, and in some areas losses are as steep as 90 percent. These one-inch-long fish are not the only wildlife that depends on seagrass to survive, but they are the cutest.

Dwarf seahorses form monogamous pair bonds, and every morning they meet to perform a greeting dance. As with other seahorses, females place scores of eggs inside the males’ pouches, and the males then give birth to even tinier versions of adults. Boat propellers, shrimp trawlers and ocean acidification are all harming the seagrass these delicate animals need to survive.

Please take a moment right now to write to the Fisheries Service and tell it to grant dwarf seahorses the protection they so dearly need.

4 years ago

We put our trust in the Food and Drug Administration to keep our food safe, but they're failing us on seafood fraud. For commonly swapped species, up to 70% of seafood might be mislabeled.

Mislabeled seafood puts people's health at risk. "Wild" salmon may actually be from a farm, pumped full of antibiotics. White tuna is occasionally switched with escolar, a species that can cause digestive upset. And people with allergies can't be certain their food is safe to consume.

Take action today: Tell the Food and Drug Administration to step up and fight seafood fraud»

Seafood fraud hurts the oceans too. Seafood is currently difficult to track from boat to plate. Illegal fishermen lie about where or how their fish was caught, and these illegally-caught fish are indistinguishable from any other fish at the grocery store.

When you buy mislabeled fish you could be contributing to overfishing or habitat destruction, but there's no way to tell the good from the bad.

Consumers have a right to know what they are purchasing, and mislabeling puts our health and the health of the oceans at risk. The FDA has the power to make the journey from boat to plate more transparent and to crack down on fraud in the seafood industry.

Sign today and tell the FDA to ensure that your seafood is safe, legal and honestly-labeled»

Emily Fisher For the oceans,
Emily Fisher
Oceana             Tell the FDA to fight seafood fraud

You should be able to trust the labels on your food.  Take action and fight seafood fraud today.

Take Action»

4 years ago

All signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago


grizzly bear photo Early numbers on grizzly deaths are alarming

Even in the worst years the highest number of Yellowstone grizzly bears lost by late June was six. This year, it’s 16. What’s even more striking is where and how the bears have perished.


4 years ago
Gallatin range photo Third time is also a charm for Montana's wild Gallatin

Same song, third verse. The courts continue to agree with us that the last large unroaded area adjacent to Yellowstone National Park without wilderness protections must be managed for its wild character. See what the court said about Montana’s magnificent Gallatin Range.

4 years ago

Great news for whales!

I'm thrilled to tell you that Representatives Howard Berman and William Keating have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that will help protect whales.

The bill number is House Resolution 714 (H.RES.714) and it states that the United States should use all appropriate measures to end commercial whaling in all of its forms and to strengthen measures to conserve whale species.

Please urge your Representative to support this important resolution.

The United States has long been a leader in whale conservation efforts...from President Nixon signing the Marine Mammal Protection Act in President Reagan first proposing a worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling in 1981.

Americans continue to value this leadership. In a recent poll, 89% of Americans across the political spectrum stated they believed the U.S. should help the International Whaling Commission (IWC) enforce the global ban on commercial whaling. And 77% agreed that Congress and the Administration should adopt a whale conservation program.

This resolution shows to the world that the United States listens to its citizens and cares about whale protection. And it comes at a perfect time.

This week, the international community has gathered in Panama for the annual IWC meeting, and the United States has the opportunity to continue its historic leadership in whale conservation.

Despite the commercial whaling ban, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued to kill whales -- more than 36,000 since the moratorium began! This during a time when whales face more threats than ever before in history - from ocean noise, ship strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, toxins, marine debris, just to name a few.

It is time for the United States to reassert its leadership on whale conservation.

Tell your Representative in Congress that the United States should pass House Resolution 714 to help the IWC enforce the ban on commercial whaling, promote conservation efforts, and ensure a safer future for the world's whales.

Thank you,

Jeffrey FlockenJeffrey Flocken Signature

Jeffrey Flocken
IFAW Director, Washington D.C.

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4 years ago

Taking action now.  TY


News about the Yellowstone bears in so heart breaking

4 years ago

You're very welcome Lynn for posting info on clandestine Foie Gras gatherings in Calif. (on Thread 9)  And I'm so happy to see Great News for Whales info.  I hope resolution 714 passes and that the USA steps in to help enforce the ban on commercial whaling. 

   Yesterday, in English Bay in downtown Vancouver, a transient pod of 6 Orca's were seen very close to shore.  People walking the pathways by the shoreline could just watch them. I've posted more info on Dianne's Petitions #2

Thank you Brenda, Ellen and Dianne. I have to get to your thread, Dianne! :-)
4 years ago
Department of Defense, Stop Killing Goats!No Harm To AnimalsFor years, the U.S. military has maimed and killed goats to condition trainees for combat and trauma situations. This is not just animal cruelty, it's backwards logic to think that harming animals adequately prepares soldiers for real-life situations. Not only do goats respond differently than humans would in combat training, but there are alternatives available that do not hurt animals at all.

Help end this outdated and senseless practice now! Show support for the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act!
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4 years ago

Trutles & dugongs saved from cruelty

VICTORY! Turtles & dugongs protected from brutal hunts

Animals Australia supporters and caring people across Australia have won a landmark victory for turtles and dugongs in Far North Queensland. Under 'traditional' hunts, turtles could have their flippers hacked off while alive, and dugongs were drowned behind boats. But they will now be protected under the Animal Care and Protection Act — thanks to you!

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4 years ago


GREAT NEWS! Kmart says 'NO' to rodeo cruelty

After receiving evidence of cruelty, Kmart has taken a strong stand against animal abuse by refusing to sponsor rodeos. Read more

Rescued sheep beats live export odds

Live export sheep swims to freedom

A one in a million rescue: this Australian sheep swam for his life into the arms of rescuers in Israeli waters. See the pictures...


Hens need help

TAKE ACTION: help stop the egg industry sham!

Egg giants want to cash in on consumer compassion by using the 'free range' label to sell eggs laid in factory farming conditions. Don't let them! Take action now



TAKE ACTION: shoot down the NT 'trophy hunt'

Your help is needed to save animals in the NT from the threat of 'thrill kills'. Take action now


4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn Took Action on just about everything Thanx Barb ) ) )

Happy 4th of July to my American friends!
4 years ago

Cows, such as the ones used to make Cabot cheese, are almost always born with tissue that develops into horns. But because farmers are afraid to work with horned cattle, they use searing-hot irons or caustic chemicals to destroy calves' sensitive horn tissue. On older cows, workers cut off already developed horns using knives or other sharp tools or gouge horns out with a spoon-like device—often without using any painkillers whatsoever. Regardless of the dehorning method used, the practice is always cruel and unacceptable.

Specific dehorning methods vary among dairy companies and farms.

Please click here to urge Cabot to eliminate this crude, agonizing practice and to simply breed for naturally hornless, or "polled," cows instead. A few minutes of your time will make a big difference for these animals.

Thank you for everything that you do to help animals!


Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Speaking Up for Whales at International Whaling Commission Meeting
4 years ago

IWC 64, the 2012 meeting of the International Whaling Commission, is in full swing in Panama City, Panama, and there is a dedicated HSUS and Humane Society International team working there all week long.

International Whaling Commission 2012 aerial photo
Photo: Jeff Pantukhoff/Spectral Q/Whaleman Foundation
Hundreds of advocates form the shape of a whale to support
the Southern Atlantic Whale Sanctuary proposal.

At Monday’s session, a bloc of Latin American nations proposed a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary, but it failed to gain the needed three-quarter majority for passage, even as it won with a solid majority of 38 in favor and 21 opposed. As it has done on all nine votes taken on the proposal since 2001, Japan pulled together its “bloc of no” nations to prevent the supermajority.

The proposed sanctuary would encompass the waters of the South Atlantic bounded in the north by the equator, in the west by the Atlantic coast of South America, in the south by the northern limit of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, and in the east by the coast of Africa and the western boundary of the Indian Ocean Sanctuary. Contiguous with the Southern ocean Whale Sanctuary and the Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary, it would be the fourth sanctuary declared by the IWC and the third actively in force.

No whaling goes on in these waters at this time, and in this respect the passage of the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary proposal would be primarily a precautionary measure. However, as part of a seamless web of protected areas, the sanctuary would help to ensure a meaningful sphere of protection for large whales throughout their full life-cycle including their full range of breeding, calving, feeding, and migratory habitats. Sanctuary designations also promote increased investment in research and encourage regulatory measures for human activities such as shipping and fishing, as well as capacity-building for sustainable endeavors such as ecotourism. 

See our infographic on whaling

IWC 64 follows closely upon the release of GEO-5, the Global Environmental Report of the United Nations Environment Program, which explicitly recognizes the IWC as one of a handful of international organizations that have, over time, developed a higher purpose in accordance with changing attitudes. GEO-5 notes, "The [IWC] governance regime for whales has contributed to more sustainable practices and a change in mindsets, allowing a transition from predominantly consumptive exploitation of a natural resource (whaling) to non-consumptive use such as whale watching and related tourism.”

The IWC is just one of the international forums in which we are active on behalf of animals, and it’s an especially challenging arena, one involving longstanding practices, cultural differences, and an archaic framework that we and others have long struggled to change. It also involves the killing of some of the most highly developed mammalian species in existence. That’s why we go, and that’s why we fight.

Please help support our efforts to close the market for whale meat.

4 years ago

Endangered Pacific loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles are once again under assault by Hawaii's industrial longline fishing industry. Setting millions of hooks per year, thousands of sea turtles, seabirds, false killer whales and unwanted fish are caught, injured and/or killed in the act. Thankfully, we have forced the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMF to halt fishing once an allowable "take" of turtles is reached.

But now, NMFS is proposing to allow a considerable increase in allowable take of 100% more loggerhead and 62% more leatherback sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project needs your help today to pressure NMFS from increasing the turtle carnage. Take action now!

A Huge Step Backwards by NMFS

Last year, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, with help from folks like you, successfully overturned another NMFS plan to increase the allowable injury and death of sea turtles. With your help, we can do it again and give these critically endangered turtles a better chance to survive. Loggerhead photo copyright Doug Perrine/

Take Action Before July 11th!

Your voice is needed today to prevent the needless slaughter of sea turtles by longline fishing gear before the July 11th comment deadline. Help save sea turtles from longlines by taking these three actions:

1.       Click here to send an electronic letter today to NMFS opposing any new increase in harm to sea turtles.

2.       Send a personal letter using our template below and submitting it directly to Regulations.Gov

3.       Click here to contribute to this critical campaign to save Pacific sea turtles.




Todd Steiner


This post was modified from its original form on 04 Jul, 18:25
4 years ago


                 MIchael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS
                 Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 Kapiolani Blvd.
                 Suite 1110
                 Honolulu, HI 96814-4700

Dear Administrator Tossatto, 

                I strongly oppose efforts to increase the allowable interactions with endangered sea turtles in the Hawaii-based shallow set longline swordfish fishery (NOAA-NMFS-2012-0068). By doubling the allowable loggerhead sea turtle catch from 17 to 34, you further jeopardize a distinct population segment of the species uplisted to endangered status under the Endangered Species Act in 2011. The total take allowance needs to be decreased, not increased, to mitigate the catastrophic consequences of shallow longline interactions to the endangered populations of loggerheads and leatherbacks encountered in this fishery.

Sea turtles thrived for millions of years before the devestating impacts of commercial fishing decimated their Pacific populations. I care deeply about what happens to these magnificent creatures and will not stand by and watch as they are steadily eliminated in order to put more swordfish on plates. I am very disappointed that NMFS would even consider increasing the allowable take from 16 to 26 critically endangered Pacific leatherbacks in the near future. I ask that you consider the legal, ethical, and environmental consequences of allowing the proposed policy to take effect, and that you make the right choice to reduce, not increase, the impacts of longline fishing on these innocent marine reptiles.

Increasing the sea turtle impacts from the Hawaii-based longline fishery would violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which requires NMFS to ensure that sea turtle populations not only continue to survive, but recover. This drastic increase in allowable take from 33 loggerehead and leatherback sea turtles to 60 would not only stop recovery, but cause total population reduction.

Thank you,

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Signed. Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

News and Campaign Updates

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Victory! Two More Medical Schools End Live Animal Labs

The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia finally ended the use of animals in the training of medical students. PCRM members and supporters made these victories possible, and with your help we will end the last five medical school animal laboratories. Take Action >

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Live Pigs Mutilated at Connecticut Hospital

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Live pigs are unlawfully used in trauma training classes at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, says PCRM and a group of Connecticut physicians in a criminal complaint filed last month. Take Action >

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At PCRM, we have long shared the concern that dissection labs in schools promote callousness toward animals. Ample proof of this recently showed up on Facebook posts from students at Newport Harbor High School in California. Dr. Barnard's Blog >




4 years ago

The top killer of imperiled sea turtles in the United States is drowning after becoming entangled in skimmer trawl nets used by shrimp boats. Last year alone, more than 3,500 endangered and threatened sea turtles washed up dead on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts due to drowning.

The National Marine Fisheries Service is finally considering action to close a legal loophole and require turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on all shrimp boats to protect sea turtles. Please join our friends at the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and thousands of fellow conservationists to urge NMFS to adopt new regulations for TEDs.

Skimmer trawl nets are responsible for the accidental capture of as many as 28,000 sea turtles every year. This needless hazard to endangered and threatened turtles should have become history in 1987 when shrimp trawlers were required to implement the use of TEDs on their boats. However, due to a provision exempting boats using a particular type of net—skimmer trawl nets—thousands of turtles continue to become entangled and die.

Tell NMFS to protect endangered sea turtles by requiring TEDs on skimmer trawl nets. Act fast—the comment deadline closes on July 9.

Skimmer trawler nets are so hazardous to marine life that they are banned in Texas and Florida requires the use of TEDs on them. Shrimpers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are the holdouts. NMFS is taking public comments through July 9 on a proposed rule that would solve this by requiring TEDs on all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and butterfly trawls. This single action would save tens of thousands of endangered sea turtles.

Please speak up for sea turtles today by telling NMFS that you support closing the deadly loophole on turtle excluder devices.

Thank you on behalf of sea turtles,

Mark Salvo Photo

Mark Salvo
Wildlife Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

sea turtle in net 1 pc public domainphoto credit: public domain

 Take action for sea turtles! Tell NMFS to close the deadly loophole on turtle excluder devices.



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4 years ago

Helping Animals Affected by Wildfires and Severe Weather

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 04:01 PM PDT

Fires, floods, and other natural disasters aren’t selective. They make victims of people and animals. That’s especially true for people and pets, since their lives are bound together.

Dog helped during Montana wildfires
Our team provided food and water for pets in
evacuated areas in Montana.

Over the past several days, we've been reaching out to local agencies to offer assistance in the West, where there are hundreds of wildfires–the worst of which have evacuation orders associated with them. We coordinated the delivery of more than 30,000 pounds of hay from Cavietta Ranch to help feed 200 horses at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana, where the Ash Creek fire has caused a shortage of grazing land for livestock. We've also provided food and water to pets left behind in evacuated areas, and we're providing hay for a horse owner in Fairview, Utah, who has lost 11 of his 120 horses as a result of the Wood Hollow fires.

The HSUS continues to work with local leaders to ensure the needs of animals are met. Our Montana director, Wendy Hergenraeder, sent this dispatch from her first visit to the Northern Cheyenne reservation:

We first stopped in Lame Deer at the Red Cross shelter...The director of the shelter suggested we take the pet food and supplies to Ashland, which was still under evacuation orders. Tribal police gave us permission to go past the roadblock into the burned areas. We dropped off some supplies at the human shelter in Ashland and talked to locals, then proceeded out to the residences with pets. We fed and watered several dogs who were very happy to see us, and checked on some horses in the area...

On our way home, we noticed a huge fire by the road on the Crow Reservation...The fire had burned right up to a pen with horses in it next to the road, but the horses, including a newborn foal with its mom, were safe.

With high temperature records being broken and drought conditions parching so much of the county, or violent storms that created havoc in the East and Midwest, it’s a reminder that the debate about climate change is neither an abstraction or just a future prospect. We seem to be experiencing the effects now. That means all sorts of problems–for polar bears and seals reeling from the effects of the loss of sea ice. But also native wildlife and our pets who must contend with the effects of fires, floods, and other disasters created by our especially volatile climate. More than ever, we have to be prepared for natural disasters and all that they mean for pets, farm animals, and wildlife, too.

4 years ago

All noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn All noted, signed and sent :-0 Thanx

4 years ago

Signed and personalized the letter re Yahoo enabling the sale of  whale meat Lynn.  Thx so much for posting that.  I wish Care 2 would add a whale to their animal emoticoms.  (and a bear, other than a polar bear, too, of course   )



4 years ago

You're welcome, Brenda and Barb. Dianne, you're right....the animal emoticons do not include a brown or black bear. No whale either. Perhaps if we contact Camilla Eriksson she might add those to the list. It's worth a try. Thanks for your input.

4 years ago
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4 years ago
In Memoriam

Farewell, Lonesome George

Lost Wolf Pup (Patrick Graham/Defenders of Wildlife)Thought to be around a century old, "Lonesome George" a giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands has passed away.

Since being found in the wild in 1972 on the small island of Pinta, George became a symbol for the conservation of the archipelago made famous by Darwin -- and the protection of the diverse wildlife that call it home.

For many years, caretakers attempted to help George reproduce, but to no avail -- and with his passing, the line of the Pinta subspecies of giant tortoises came to an end.

Learn more about Lonesome George on the Defenders Blog.

4 years ago

Bullfighting and Other Cruelties Don't Belong in the Modern World

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 11:25 AM PDT

Last night, I debated a bullfighting enthusiast on CNN International, and the news hook was the impending start of the week-long festival in Pamplona that includes the so-called Running of the Bulls. There, bulls are released from a corral, and they then are led on a short dash on the slick streets of the town and into the bullfighting arena, with human runners ahead and around the bulls, supposedly courting danger. Later in the evening, the bulls will be killed by the picadors and the matadors in a choreographed exercise with the outcome preordained. The Running of the Bulls is act one of this several-part spectacle of violence against animals.

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Learn about 11 ways you can help end bullfighting.

In the United States and in many other countries throughout the world, bullfighting is banned, not just because it’s cruel, but because the violence is so gratuitous. Most civilized people believe that killing animals just for the entertainment of spectators is wrong. That’s the sort of killing that happened in the Roman Colosseum centuries ago, and we look back on it with some blend of fascination and disgust.

Today, there’s hardly any moral distinction between bullfighting and dogfighting and cockfighting. You may get a few more high-brow types at the bullfighting arena than you do at an animal fight, but the knit of the shirt doesn’t diminish the repugnance of the moral spectacle that’s the focus of attention. They’re all staged and contrived events where animals are killed for human entertainment. 

4 years ago

Today’s Fresno Bee has a story about how HSUS personnel gathered intelligence on a U.S.-based cockfighter and knife-seller in Tulare County and how we worked with law enforcement officials last month to raid the illegal operation. The knives are affixed to the birds’ legs to enhance the bloodletting and to expedite the outcome of the fight. When you really get close to the details of these staged events, it’s even worse than it seems at first glance.

Also in California, we’ve also been debating what constitutes “sport” when it comes to bear and bobcat hunting. The HSUS is backing a bill, S.B. 1221, to outlaw the hound hunting of bears and bobcats. In this version of sport, dogs are set loose to chase, harass, and fight with these wild animals. Eventually, the bears or bobcats take refuge in a tree to escape the attacking dogs, and the houndsman, using telemetry equipment affixed to the dogs’ collars, follows the signal and shoots the animal out of a tree. S.B. 1221 passed the state Senate and an Assembly committee, and it has one more committee to clear before a vote in the full Assembly.

In each case–bullfighting, cockfighting, hounding–the participants defend their enterprise on the basis of tradition, as if longevity or durability were a moral rationale. They also argue that the activities generates money–which is, in one respect, a fact, but which I think is also irrelevant from a moral perspective. Plenty of terrible things happen with a profit motive–everything from child trafficking to wildlife poaching. They also often claim that we animal advocates haven’t engaged in this conduct, so we really don’t know what it’s like, as if we all have to witness or commit crimes to make a moral judgment about the offenses. 

The problem for all of these apologists of cruelty is that they conduct their actions in a society that has an increasing understanding of animal cognition and feelings and that has a growing body of law against animal cruelty. As communities and nations, we make judgments about what sort of uses of animals are outside the bounds of civil behavior. It’s one thing to kill animals for survival or self-defense. A lot of people also will argue it’s okay to kill animals for food, or the defense of property, or for the supposed benefit of science. But to kill animals just for entertainment–and to do it by stabbing bulls to weaken them over a 30-minute time frame, to watch birds fitted with knives slash each other for gambling purposes, or to chase a frightened bear for 3 or 4 hours through the woods, and then ultimately to shoot the animal off of a tree limb–well, it’s just hard to stomach in our time.

Our values are evolving, and for the better. With power comes responsibility. These people treat power as license, and there's no compelling defense for their conduct.

4 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanx for the news Lynn

4 years ago

Thank you, all petitions signed and emails sent.

Some important information for you pet owners
4 years ago

When you've got pets, you've got stains and odors. There's no escaping it - it's just what happens. Your rugs and furniture take a real beating from urine, diarrhea, and vomit. It's a common problem with pets that almost anyone experiences. I know I've dealt with it.

Recently a client brought her dog Peanut into the clinic with a severe case of diarrhea. During the exam, Peanut's owner told me that she had just gotten new wall-to-wall carpeting in her home - and now it was ruined because Peanut's diarrhea stains wouldn't come out. Something like that can be really frustrating, especially because those "accidents" seem to happen in the worst possible places - like on a light-colored sofa or in the middle of your living room carpet. It's not the dog's fault but it's so disheartening to spend all that money on your home only to have it ruined by accidents. I could really feel this woman's pain.

Treating pet stains isn't the simplest of processes. You need to treat them as quickly as possible before they "set" or discolor the area permanently. And if you don't get the odor out as well, your dog may come back and soil the same area again. Finally, you've got to consider your pet's safety. The product you use is no good if it cleans the carpet but harms your dog. It must be non-toxic and pet-safe so your dog will not be poisoned if he licks his paws after walking on the spot.

My staff and I keep up with all the latest pet industry news and trends, and recently we learned about an award-winning pet stain remover called Fizzion that was rapidly developing a great reputation. Fizzion treats stains and odors in a revolutionary way - removing all traces of stain and odor. Pet Product News gave this product its top Editor's Choice Award and Modern Dog magazine named it the Best New Product in their "Under $20" category.

The buzz about Fizzion was so good that we decided to see for ourselves. We bought it and tried it on a variety of pet stains - including one nasty stain that was two years old. We could barely believe our eyes when that old stain - and all the others - just disappeared before our eyes!

Fizzion is amazing. It is highly effective on protein-based pet stains - diarrhea, vomit, urine, nearly anything that comes from your pet comes out with Fizzion. And Fizzion gets the odor out, too. It even works on common household stains like coffee and red wine. Fizzion is a "green" product that is safe for humans, pets and the environment so there's no worrying if your dog licks or sniffs it. The other nice thing about Fizzion is that its eco-friendly formula comes in a tablet; you dissolve the tablet in water to make the solution, ensuring the freshest and most effective product when YOU need it.

I told Peanut's owner about Fizzion and suggested she give it a try. The following week she called me at the clinic to thank me for recommending the product. She was so excited and said her rugs looked brand new again.

This is an amazing stain remover. I've never seen anything like it. IIf you've got problem stains and nothing seems to work, give Fizzion a shot.

If you'd like to learn more about Fizzion, check out this short video.
Fizzion video

I hope this helps you solve your pet stain problems.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon

P.S.  You can find Fizzion online at Each starter kit contains a 2-pack of tablets with an empty bottle to mix the solution for under $10. Additional 2-packs of tablets are available for just $6.99. To learn more, go to Fizzion Stain & Odor Remover



4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago
Ask Israel Not To Send Primates to USA for Experimentation

Ask Israel Not To Send Primates to USA for Experimentation

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4 years ago

Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Noted and voted (Take Animals off the Menu ) Signed Petition about "Ask Israel Not to Send Primates to USA for experimentation" and Noted about Fizzion which sounds like a great Product Thanx Lynn

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Opposition to Animal Testing on the Rise

Opposition to Animal Testing on the Rise


By Allyson Koerner, Ecorazzi

It seems more animal supporters are showing their true colors when it comes to speaking out against animal testing, PETA reports.

Since 2001, there has been a significant increase in those living in the United States who find animal testing “morally wrong.” The study can be found in the 2012 issue of Context, a research magazine of the American Sociological Association.

The research team included PETA, the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Manhattanville College, where they “examined data collected in independent surveys by the Gallup organization from 2001 to 2011, in which approximately 1,000 American adults each year were asked whether they found “medical testing on animals” to be “morally acceptable” or “morally wrong.”

The results showed, in 2011, that 43 percent of adults found medical testing on animals “morally wrong.” This is a 10 percent increase since 2001.

The study also determined an increase in opposition by 25 percent – to a majority of 59 percent – to medical testing between 2001 and 2011 for those aged 18 to 29.

“This study clearly shows public opinion turning against cutting up, poisoning, and killing animals in experiments,” revealed Justin Goodman, the study co-author and associate director at PETA. “When nearly half of all those polled morally oppose animal testing, it’s time for a serious re-evaluation of how public funds are spent in our nation’s laboratories.”

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4 years ago

Senate Bill 1221 is for CA residents...Looked up the link for unicorns, no polls or anything like it. But I did sign the Petition "Save the Western Burrowing Owl" and left comment Thanx Lynn

4 years ago

R.I.P. Lonesome George

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn! Hope you are feeling better today

4 years ago

Nyack, thanks for asking about me. Actually, I guess it has to get worse before it gets better. The pain is quite intense as I'm sitting, even though I have a pillow with a "cut out" back. I must have really bruised the area around the coccyx bone quite badly. It will get better eventually and I'm trying to take my mind off of it by staying active on here with some very good friends like you.

4 years ago
Man’s Stealth Moonlit Rescue of a Chained Dog After Law Fails to Help
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4 years ago
Cat Leaps To Safety Amid Blazing Inferno

Cat Leaps To Safety Amid Blazing Inferno

As a Las Vegas apartment complex burned last week, probably due to fireworks, this daring cat jumped to safety.

Miraculously, no one was killed in the fire, and the cat walked away unharmed. In total, three adult residents and a fire battalion chief were injured; a dog was not so lucky and perished in the fire.

The fire happened at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments, whose residents learned quickly that fireworks do not equal fun.

From 8newsnow:

Although early in the investigation, firefighters said the evidence is leading them to believe the fire started on the outside of one of the buildings. The fire burned quickly, engulfing and destroying two buildings where about 50 people lived.

“It serves as a costly reminder to us of just how dangerous fireworks can be,” said Chief Bertral Washington of the Clark County Fire Department.

Lateasa Rodgers watched in disbelief as flames took everything she owned burned to ashes.

“I can’t even think,” she said, crying. “That feeling you get, when you’re so destroyed inside, it hurts.”

She said her family was already struggling economically.

“This is devastating,” she said.

In the midst of this raging fire, KLAS-TV captured a video of a grey and white cat suddenly leaping up from a balcony.

The cat looks frantically around – to the side, to the roof, to the ground below – and is unsure where to go. The roof appears too high to scale, and would likely be too hot. After looking around for several moments to determine the best escape route, the cat places its front paws over the wooden railing to leap to the ground, two stories below.

Those recording the feat are yelling, encouraging the cat to jump to safety. ‘Jump, baby, jump!’ one man yells hoarsely.
With one powerful leap, the cat kicks out from the balcony and flails before falling to the ground below.
According to KLAS-TV, the cat was unhurt.

Wow! This brave kitty must have used up at least one life in his daring jump!

4 years ago
Blind Rescued Raccoon Romps Through the Grass

Blind Rescued Raccoon Romps Through the Grass

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4 years ago

Brave kitty!


You DID go get that X-Rayed, right, Lynn?

4 years ago

all noted thanks Lynn

4 years ago
TAKE ACTION! Via Animals Australia. Please Help Save Greyhounds from Export to Macau.
Animals Australia is lobbying the Australian Government to stop the export of greyhounds. The country of greatest concern currently is Macau where dogs are raced at a facility called the Canidrome. They are cruelly caged when not racing and killed if they fail to finish in the top three for five... See more
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4 years ago

Nyack, I have an appointment with my doctor this week. Thanks for asking.

4 years ago

Signed. Thanks Lynn.

Let us know how you get on at the doctors.

4 years ago

Noted last 3 Hope you will heal soon , Barb Thanx Lynn

4 years ago

Thanks, Brenda and Barb. As it was, I was able to get a late afternoon appointment with my doctor today. Thank God, no broken bones but I did a lot of damage to my coccyx bone and the surrounding area. Nothing to do but rest and let the healing take its course. It will take a long time, my doc said, but it will heal eventually. He had to give me something to help me sleep because even turning in my sleep hurts and wakes me up. I'm just glad that I have you all. I feel among friends here and this thread and the games keep my mind off me. I also have my own group where I teach people how to make tags and animations. That's a blast and I so enjoy it. If anyone wants to learn, let me know and I'll send you the link.

On with the articles.... sending love to you all.

4 years ago

Doublespeak from the AKC

Posted: 10 Jul 2012 11:43 AM PDT

In my book, The Bond, I wrote about some organizations that set up roadblocks to progress on animal welfare. Near the top of the list, surprisingly, is the American Kennel Club, the oldest and best-known of the breed registry groups for purebred dogs.

Without question, there are many deeply committed dog people within the ranks of the AKC. Its CAR Canine Support and Relief fund assists with search and rescue and helps pets displaced in disasters, and its Canine Health Foundation helps fund research into diseases affecting purebred dogs. Unfortunately though, the organization has veered sharply away from animal protection sensibilities and worked actively to undermine legislative proposals to establish minimum standards for commercial dog breeders. The AKC says it’s “the dog’s champion,” but its work in state capitols and other legislative settings tells an entirely different story.

North Carolina puppy mill
This breeding operation was closed by North Carolina
authorities in May 2012. The operator had registered 91 litters
with the AKC since 2008 and the kennel had been inspected
by the AKC in 2011. The owners have been charged with
animal cruelty.

Yesterday, The HSUS released a new report revealing that over the past five years the AKC has opposed more than 80 different bills and ordinances designed to provide stronger protections for dogs in puppy mills, including Prop B in Missouri in 2010. The AKC even stood in the way of anti-puppy mill legislation in North Carolina, where its center of operations is located—and where HSUS has raided multiple puppy mills and showed a link between AKC and these squalid, overcrowded, unhealthy mills. Our new report reveals that some of the worst mills had actually been “inspected” by AKC, and one of them had registered more than 170 litters of puppies with AKC.

Then there’s obstructionism that truly makes no sense. The AKC, over the past few months, has opposed measures as benign as an ordinance in Shelby, Tenn., that would prevent dogs from being left alone in hot vehicles, and a Rhode Island bill that would prevent owners from caging a dog for more than 14 hours a day. AKC said the measures were “unwarranted” and “burdensome.”

One of the things that’s less obvious is AKC’s inaction, and its negative contributions, to the chronic health problems of purebred dogs. So many breeds have genetic and hereditary problems because of reckless breeding practices, driven by AKC’s conformation standards and not by concerns related to the underlying health and well-being of the animals. English bulldogs, Labrador retrievers, Great Danes, and so many other breeds have shortened lifespans, a proclivity to certain diseases and conditions, and other disorders because of these breeding practices. The AKC could help turn this problem around, but it’s not doing enough and not acting with the urgency that this situation requires.

Our report shows that the AKC’s business model is part of the problem. It collects registration fees from high-volume breeders, and it’s loath to criticize them. In short, the organization is making money from the very set of individuals it should be holding accountable. It’s providing political defense for the worst of the worst.

In its latest act of hostility to animal welfare, the AKC is trying to drum up opposition to the proposed USDA rule that would regulate Internet puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act. AKC’s chair described the regulations as "onerous," even though the proposal includes exemptions for small home breeders.

Take action now to help dogs in puppy mills >>

It’s deeply saddening to see this turn of events, and I don’t like calling them out. But facts are stubborn things and the conclusions, in this case, are painfully obvious, as our report makes plain. Read our full report here

Action Alert!
4 years ago

Every day two African rhinos are killed so poachers can make a quick buck off of their horns. If we don't intervene now, rhinos could be extinct by 2025 -- just 13 years from now »

Africa used to support hundreds of thousands of black and white rhinos, but today, fewer than 25,000 of both species remain. Poaching is rising exponentially -- up 3,346 percent (no, that's not a typo) in the last five years. Last year, in South Africa alone 448 rhinos were murdered.

In Asia, rhino horn is purported to have near-magical medicinal qualities, able to do everything from curing cancer to enhancing sexual performance. But it's all false: rhino horn is made of the exact same stuff as our hair and nails.

Countries and organizations are working on the ground to end poaching by upping enforcement and educating consumers about what rhino horn really is. But it will take the whole world to make change.

Help raise awareness: Sign the pledge today to join the fight to save Africa's rhinos »

Thanks for taking action!

Emily V.
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team

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4 years ago

Last year was the most brutal year for African elephants since 1989.

More than ever, elephants and other wildlife need our protection from poachers.


According to a new report from some of the world's top elephant experts, poaching rates of elephants across Africa are escalating rapidly. 2011 was the worst year for elephants in the last two decades.

With the price of ivory skyrocketing, poachers have gone further than ever before in their lethal quest for profit – leaving a trail of carcasses behind them. The only way we'll stop 2012 from being even deadlier for elephants is by taking action now.

We need the full support of our government behind us to stop illegal and cruel poaching, so we're trying to get 85,000 letters to Congress by July 18. It will start with just one letter: yours.

Scientists, politicians, and government agencies agree: We're in a worldwide extinction crisis.

Yet recently, a Congressional committee recommended slashing funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Elephant Conservation Funds and other Multinational Species Conservation Funds. These programs are critical for protecting species such as elephants from extinction.

Members of Congress need to hear about what you think is important. It's their job to listen to constituents like you. If we don't show our lawmakers that wildlife conservation is a high priority, elephants could be pushed aside – and by the time Congress gets to them, it could be too late.

Thanks so much for all of your help.


Liz Bennett
Liz Bennett
Vice President, Species Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society

4 years ago
4 years ago

Already signed, loved the video! Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

thanks Lynn

4 years ago

LENNOX IT'S DEATH! He was kill!

4 years ago

Signed for the Elephants and watched video ! soooo cute xxxxx

4 years ago

R.I.P. So sad ((( thanx Norma and Lynn

4 years ago

All petitions previously signed or signed today, except for the Elephants, unfortunately, US residents only. Thanks Lynn!

Loved, too, the video It would be so nice to watch the entire film.

4 years ago

The Northwest's endangered orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals on the planet--polluted from dangerous levels of toxic chemicals found in their food and water that are impairing their ability to fight disease and to reproduce successfully.

The Safe Chemicals Act would protect orcas' food and waters by putting common sense limits on harmful toxic chemicals and by holding the chemical industry accountable to making healthier, safer products.

Right now, our friends at the League of Conservation Voters are sending a message to the U.S. Senate, urging them to pass the Safe Chemicals Act. Please join me in adding your name to the petition today.

Take action for orcas today by telling your senators to pass the Safe Chemicals Act now.

4 years ago

Saving More than 70 Dogs from Misery in Mississippi

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:16 PM PDT

The HSUS spends many of our resources on preventing cruelty¯because we have an obligation to save animals before they are in distress. But it’s also critical that we come to the aid of animals who are suffering. Yesterday, HSUS's Animal Rescue Team was in Mississippi to help the Stone County Sheriff’s Office save 74 dogs living in miserable conditions at a puppy mill¯most without proper food, water, or veterinary care. The animals were kept outside in ramshackle shelters or inside the house in small crates, covered in feces and roaches.

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility after our state director saw the owner selling lethargic, filthy puppies at a flea market. When we arrived at the property yesterday, we found many dogs suffering from broken bones, severe skin and eye infections, and other medical problems.

The animals are now with two of our Emergency Placement Partners, the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi in Gulfport and Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, where they're receiving necessary treatment from a team of veterinarians. Fortunately, the owner surrendered these animals so they can start on their way to better lives.

Ultimately, we need strong policies at the state and federal level to crack down on puppy mills. But until that time comes, we need to be there to rescue animals from circumstances of misery and privation.

Dogs in outdoor pens at the Mississippi puppy mill            A rescued puppy being examined by a veterinarian

One of the rescued dogs with a severe skin condition  Adam Parascandola of The HSUS holds one of the rescued dogs

Photos by Chuck Cook

4 years ago

Elephant Emergency
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
Elephant Emergency

The numbers just came in: 2011 was the most brutal year for elephants since 1989. With the price of ivory soaring, elephant poaching is increasingly lucrative for sophisticated criminal gangs. It's an ongoing struggle. And right now, elephants are losing.

In fact, just yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the guilty pleas of two businessmen for selling more than $2 million of illegal elephant ivory at their New York City shops. As Vance said, "In order to curb the poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia, we need to curb the demand side of the illegal ivory trade right here at home."

In addition to forfeiting their stash, the defendants will pay $55,000 in fines that will be donated to WCS to further our elephant conservation and anti-poaching efforts. But the fight isn't over.

Unfortunately, a House of Representatives committee just recommended slashing funding for elephants and other imperiled wildlife through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

If there was ever a time for the U.S. government to step in and protect elephants, that time is now. Send your letter today.

Take Action

4 years ago

Photo of the Month
Collared Calf, Emblem of Hope
Collared Calf, Emblem of Hope©Buuveibaatar Bayarbaatar/WCS

The saiga antelope is precious in more ways than one: these symbols of the Central Asian steppe have survived since the Ice Age, when they roamed far and wide. With their unusually-shaped noses, saiga have a look all their own and distinct roots from other antelopes.

In recent decades, populations have dramatically declined across the vast plains of Mongolia. To better understand their range and behaviors, WCS conservationists partnered with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences to capture, collar, and release a number of calves. Now collared for future tracking, this tawny youngster offers hope for a critically endangered species.

Watch the Video

4 years ago

Staff Pick
NY Wrecks Inspire Aquarium Design

NY Wrecks Inspire Aquarium Design
©The Portico Group

For the past year, WCS scientist-divers have been visiting the waters off Montauk, NY, to document the Lightburne, a vessel that famously sank in 1939. The conservationists are studying the sea life that swarms around this and other local shipwrecks to inform work on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, a new exhibit slated to open at WCS's New York Aquarium in 2015. The New York Times filmed a recent Lightburne dive and posted this video about the expedition.

Watch the Video 

4 years ago

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by overfishing and shark finning to supply the shark fin trade.

Among these, millions of hammerhead sharks are killed each year through the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning. Shark finning is the act of removing shark fins and discarding the living shark overboard to suffocate or bleed to death. The fins are used to supply the demand for the luxury shark fin soup.

Already threatened by longlines and overfishing, a hunger for shark fins is driving hammerhead and other shark species to the brink of extinction. 

Help us protect these sharks before it's too late!

Due to their biology and tendency to aggregate, Smooth, Great and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are especially vulnerable to overfishing. Fins from hammerhead sharks are highly coveted for shark fin soup and are widely poached from marine reserves.  A new scientific study indicates that scalloped hammerhead sharks may be in fact two separate species, thereby increasing the risk of their extinction.   

These species of shark need international protection immediately.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) analyses, all shark species proposed at the 2010 meeting met the criteria for listing under CITES Appendix II, yet the proposals were all shot down by nations with interests in the shark trade. Restrictions on international trade are in place for only three shark species - the whale shark, great white shark and basking shark, yet all hammerhead and other species need this protection. This listing requires that trade including shark fin is controlled  in order to avoid use that threatens the species' survival.

To Save These Sharks We Must Protect Them Now.

We need your voice to urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to take the lead and help list all species of hammerhead sharks on Appendix II under the next CITES Coalition of the Parties meeting (CoP16) in 2013.

Thank you.

4 years ago
Puppy Mill Victim
Urgent Action: Support Inspections of Puppy Mills Selling Dogs Online
This is your last chance to submit comments in support of a federal rule that will bring commercial breeders and thousands of neglected dogs under USDA regulation. Find out how you can join the thousands of fellow animal lovers who have already spoken up for puppy mill dogs! Read more...
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Happy Tail: Sasha’s Long Road Home
Sasha the Doberman/Shepherd mix chose her own forever family, even if the humans in her life had other ideas. Read the truly amazing story of how this incredible dog found her way back to the people she loved.
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Caboodle Cats Get Ready for Adoption
We’re hard at work preparing hundreds of cats to leave our temporary shelter in Jacksonville and head to forever homes. Last weekend, these special kitties got a visit from the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter team.
4 years ago

Thank you for share the important petitions!!

4 years ago

Thanks for your interest and for signing, Maria.

4 years ago

South Korea dog demoAugust 7 - International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats

IDA invites you to take action for the dogs and cats of South Korea. Organize or participate in an event on or around August 7th. The $2 billion-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry slaughters two and a half million dogs and thousands of cats for human consumption. The killing is intentionally vicious because of a myth that the more an animal is tortured, the tastier and more tender the meat. Aside from the needless suffering, there is a very serious public health risk associated with eating dog and cat meat. Click here to learn more about our Day of Action. Click the photo above to see up-to-date evidence gathered by an IDA undercover investigator just months ago.

Please organize outreach events to educate your community about this industry of horror that is sanctioned by the South Korean government. Hold a protest, leaflet in a public area to raise awareness, or set up an info table at a local venue or event. IDA will provide the materials you'll need to make your Day of Action a rousing success.

4 years ago

Noted- thank you Lynn

4 years ago

Cats Phat Tony and TroubleAnother Victory! Richmond, California Becomes Nineteenth Guardian City

In recent months, IDA has been proud to share with you numerous victories that we achieved together for animals. Now, another victory, this time for our signature Guardian Campaign. The Richmond, California City Council voted to replace "owner" with "guardian" everywhere the term appears in ordinances concerning animal companions. Richmond also recommended that their county, Contra Costa, make the same changes.

IDA created the Guardian Campaign in 1999, recognizing that the word "owner" does not properly reflect the bond we experience with our animal companions, and does not accurately indicate our responsibilities. As more people think of themselves as "animal guardians" instead of "owners," more animals will be adopted from shelters instead of purchased from breeders and pet stores, and more animals will be spayed or neutered, leading to fewer animals dying simply because there are not enough homes. Click here to read more about this victory and to see how you can make your community a Guardian City.

4 years ago

Ringling Demo, Los Angeles, 2012"Greatest Circus Protest On Earth" Greets Ringling Bros. In Los Angeles

This year's opening night protest of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on July 11 drew another record crowd, maintaining its reputation as the Greatest Circus Protest On Earth. Energized activists lined both sides of the street in front of the arena holding graphic signs and large, colorful banners. They wore elephant and clown costumes, chanted, and handed out flyers to educate circus customers about the horrors animals endure for "entertainment." IDA and a variety of animal protection organizations were represented, and our message was united: It's time to end the use of animals in circuses!

Save the Date - Elephant Awareness Day. The City of Los Angeles has designated Friday, August 3rd as Elephant Awareness Day, and IDA is planning events in L.A. and beyond. If you live in L.A., come to City Hall on Friday to educate the City Council about the need to end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. On Saturday, we'll be leafleting at the L.A. Zoo for elephants Billy, Tina and Jewel. More details will be released in the coming weeks. If you live outside Los Angeles, stay tuned for info on what you can do.

4 years ago

    Emmy Nominee
ABC News has been nominated for a prestigious Emmy Award for its outstanding report on MFA’s undercover investigation into a McDonald’s egg supplier. The exclusive coverage exposed birds crammed into cages so small they couldn’t spread their wings, workers torturing birds, and other abuses. Watch.


4 years ago
  Dairy’s Dark Side
In a New York Times opinion piece, Mark Bittman exposes the dark side of dairy, including its links to type 1 diabetes and prostate cancer, and the inherent cruelties within the dairy industry. MFA’s investigation into New York’s Willet Dairy uncovered shocking animal abuse and unsanitary conditions. Learn more.
4 years ago

Animal Fighting Penalties Advance in Congress, and a Dangerous Attempt to Overturn State Animal Welfare Laws

Last night, during consideration of the 2012 farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment that is intended to overturn every voter-approved animal welfare ballot measure relating to agriculture–Prop 2 in California (banning extreme confinement crates for pigs, veal calves, and laying hens), Prop 6 in California (forbidding the sale of horses for slaughter for human consumption), Prop 204 in Arizona (banning veal and gestation crates), and Amendment 10 in Florida (outlawing gestation crates). The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would also nullify six other state bans on gestation crates, horse slaughter bans in a half-dozen other states, and a raft of anti-downer laws and other animal protection laws designed to shield farm animals from abuse and extreme confinement.

Dog rescued from alleged dogfighting ring in North Carolina
Michelle Riley/The HSUS
A dog rescued from a fighting ring.

But while animal welfare laws may be King’s primary intended target, his amendment reaches way beyond that.  It also seeks to nullify every state, county, or local law that creates any standard or condition established relating to an agricultural production activity.  We’d have no state laws for agricultural facilities relating to worker rights, animal welfare, environmental protection, or public health. It’s hard to overstate how sweeping and far-reaching the King amendment is. It’s the biggest attack on states' rights and the 10th Amendment that I’ve ever seen.  It tries to put the federal government in absolute control of all agriculture, and take states and local governments entirely out of the picture in terms of any balance between agriculture and the values we hold dear in society.

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4 years ago

South Korea Bans Catching of Dolphins for Show Business

Dolphin Ban

The maritime affairs ministry of South Korea has announced that it will ban the capture of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins for use in shows by designating them as protected mammals. Read More >>

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Polar bear with cubs All across America people are begging President Barack Obama to say no to oil giant Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic this summer -- so far, to no avail. Today we have another compelling reason to say Shell No!

The company has admitted that its Arctic drillship Noble Discoverer and its oil-spill response vessel Nanuq can't meet the air-pollution standards in its Clean Air Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. Shell's own documents show that the company knew back in 2010 that it couldn't meet its permit requirements -- but instead of fixing the problem, it's waited till the eleventh hour to ask the EPA for a waiver to just let it drill in the Arctic, sidestepping these strict air-quality protections.

This is a classic bait-and-switch tactic, and we can't let Shell get away with it.

Shell has told the media it's certain the EPA will let it move forward -- despite the fact that its drillship is going to emit three times the amount of harmful nitrogen oxides allowed, and its oil-response vessel is going to emit 10 times the amount of particulate matter pollution. What's more, just this weekend the Noble Discoverer came loose from its moorings in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and drifted perilously close to shore.

Does the Obama administration really think that a drillship that can't be properly anchored in port is prepared for the harsh conditions of the stormy, ice-choked Arctic Ocean? Shell should not be permitted to play out its comedy of errors in the fragile home of threatened polar bears and walruses.

Please take action to tell the president enough is enough.

Click here to find out more and take action.
4 years ago

Heinz Joins the Call to End Gestation Crates

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 09:40 AM PDT

Today, we’re announcing the decision of yet another major food company to commit to ending the use of gestation crates. Heinz, one of our nation’s most iconic food manufacturers, produces frozen meals and sauces that contain pork, including for its Weight Watchers, TGI Friday’s, and Classico branded products.

Pig in gestation crate from Oklahoma pig investigation
Many companies are moving to phase out cramped
gestation crates for breeding sows.

“[Heinz] is currently working with its pork suppliers to understand and document their plans to reduce or end the use of crates,” wrote Heinz in a letter to The HSUS. “This information will be used to inform the company's choice of suppliers now and in the future, in an effort to increase the company's use of pork from crate-free sources and, over time, eliminate gestation crates from our supply chain.”

Just this year, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s (the top fast food chains in the country); Kraft (the world’s second-largest food manufacturer and maker of Oscar Mayer meats); Kroger and Safeway (the nation’s top two grocers); and Compass Group and Sodexo (the world’s top two food-service companies) have all enacted policies to eliminate gestation crates in their supply chain.

Our efforts¯and the efforts of food companies like Heinz¯are paying off. Just look at what the pork industry’s own publications are saying.  “The Humane Society of the United States is succeeding in its efforts to convince major U.S. pork producers to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls,” according to trade journal Meatingplace.  The Western Producer told pork companies that “You’d have to have rocks in your head to build a new sow barn with gestating sow stalls.” Pork magazine advised producers opposing this snowballing movement away from gestation crates, “You will lose the battle.”

At The HSUS, we’re working to bridge the gap between how farm animals are treated and how these animals should be treated. And virtually nowhere is this gap starker than in the pork industry, where mother pigs are virtually immobilized for nearly their whole lives in crates barely larger than their own bodies.

It wasn’t always that way. Industrial agriculture didn’t start cramming pigs in crates until about 30 years ago, when some businessmen decided that a caged pig would require less space and labor. This practice of extreme confinement spread like a virus within the industry, and has become the dominant system of pig production. We moved away from the era of pig farming and into the era of pork production, where the animals are treated as inanimate objects.

4 years ago

Noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

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4 years ago
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Congress, where are the elephants?
4 years ago

I dread seeing the numbers of elephants killed each month to line the pockets of ivory traders. Earlier this year, park rangers in northeastern Cameroon found more than half their elephants dead in just a few weeks – all killed for the ivory in their tusks.

There's a number I do like seeing: how many people have already reached out to their members of Congress to help stop the massacre. We have a goal of sending 85,000 letters to Congress, and we're 96% of the way there! (In case you don't want to do the math: that's 81,612 letters.) With our deadline tomorrow, please join them now.

I know you want to see elephants survive this decade, so please help make it possible by urging your members of Congress to reverse funding cuts for the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

Thanks for everything.

Liz Bennett
- Liz Bennett

4 years ago

Signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn

4 years ago

Noted and signed and sent Messages for now Will be coming back Lynn and Thanx ) ) )

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