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HSUS and ASPCA Are Not Your Local Animal Shelter (and Likely Not Helping the Animals in Your Local Animal Shelter)

Ken White | Posted 07.28.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions.

Nepalese Organizers Announce an End to the World's Bloodiest Animal Sacrifice Spectacle

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Today, I have extraordinary and unexpected news: Humane Society International/India and Animal Welfare Network Nepal announce that all animal sacrifice has been banned indefinitely at Gadhimai. This is yet another amazing development for animals this year.

Toxic Substances, Nontoxic Policy

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

Each year, tens of thousands of animals are killed to test industrial chemicals. These animals suffer terribly, as harsh chemicals are rubbed into their skin, forced down their throats, and even dropped in their eyes.

Beagles Need Our Help

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Life for a beagle in a lab is barren and monotonous; the cages are small with artificial light and ventilation. These animals never feel the sunshine, breathe fresh air or run through the grass. The boredom they experience can lead to stress-induced behaviors.

Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Take action now -- call Costco and urge them to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Good intentions matter, but they must be given life, and in this case, stocked on the shelf.

Bob Dole, Bob Kerrey Call On Congress To Embrace Animal Welfare Agenda

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

We hope that lawmakers from both political parties heed their plea to pass these commonsense reforms and to swiftly eliminate unacceptable animal welfare problems in our society.

The New York Blood Center Has No Heart

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The New York Blood Center has abandoned a colony of 66 chimps in Liberia that its research teams used in experiments for three decades, reports James Gorman of the New York Times in a story today. This story is not just about the chimpanzees, but also about the caregivers who have sacrificed so much.

Breaking News: Walmart, Nation's Biggest Food Seller, Adopts Five Freedom Principles for Farm Animals

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Because it's Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of declarations and pledges from dozens of other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.

Largest US Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service company, is tackling three key areas where industrial agriculture has been badly failing in its production model. The collaboration of Aramark and the HSUS may be one of the best examples to date of how a for-profit and non-profit can work cohesively to build a more humane society.

We've Come a Long Way, Baby -- Cat Protection Protocol 10 Years Post-Katrina

Becky Robinson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Becky Robinson

In a city known for boisterous celebrations, there is new reason for optimism in New Orleans this week. More than 2,000 animal protection advocates have descended upon The Big Easy for the Humane Society of the United States' annual Animal Care Expo.

A Berlin Wall Moment for Animal Protection

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

It's surely one of the biggest announcements of the modern era in animal protection: Ringling Bros. has announced that it will cease its use of elephants in its traveling circus. Get the confetti and streamers. Grab the kids and the dog. Put on the party hat. Head over to the parade. Jump on what remains of the fallen wall and raise your arms.

Breaking News: Bill In Congress Proposes End To Farm Animal Torture At Federal Labs

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The USDA is the agency tasked with enforcing the AWA at facilities that conduct biomedical research; therefore, if these same animals were used in a laboratory for human health research they would be protected under this federal law.

HSUS Undercover Investigations at Roadside Zoos in Virginia, Oklahoma Reveal Severe Abuse

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Today, The HSUS released results of its investigations into two shoddy roadside zoos - the Natural Bridge Zoo in Natural Bridge, Virginia, and Tiger Safari in Tuttle, Oklahoma, both of which breed tigers for two-bit photo shoots with paying customers.

Arin Greenwood

These Dogs Were Rescued From A Massive Fighting Ring. They Are Loving Their Freedom.

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green

They're called the 367 dogs, because that's how many of them were taken in on August 23, 2013 -- the first day of what would turn out to be the countr...

Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Brazil struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates this week with two major announcements. Under the agreements, pork producers will be provided with training to facilitate their successful transition to more humane group housing systems.

Steep Drop in Rhino Horn Use in Vietnam

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The Nielsen poll found that a small number of Vietnamese -- 2.6 percent -- continue to buy and use rhino horn. We'll be working to continue to build awareness and to cause the whole of society to shame the people who persist in driving the consumption of this product.

N.C. Puppy Mill Rescue Highlights Deception, Dangers of Internet Sales of Dogs, Cats

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As our animal rescue team entered a trash- and feces-filled house last Friday to rescue more than 50 dogs and cats from an Internet pet seller in Rutherford County, N.C., they nearly stumbled over a kitten.

Centerplate Says Farm Animals Deserve to Be Center of Attention

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Violence toward pets is an all-too-common form of violence in our society, and one that also deserves no tolerance.

Breaking News: Critical Courtroom Victory to Benefit Millions of Egg-Laying Hens

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

A federal judge in California yesterday dismissed a challenge to California's pioneering farm animal welfare law, brought by a group of attorneys general with substantial factory farming industries in their states.

NIH Terminates Funding for Research Using Randomly Sourced Dogs

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As of October 1, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funder of biomedical research in the world, will no longer fund research that involves dogs from random source Class B dealers. A similar policy regarding cats was adopted in 2012.

Maine Wildlife Officials Abuse Public Trust and Office in Ballot Campaign

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What if there were a ballot initiative in Maine to ban the death penalty, and staff from the Maine Department of Corrections joined with private citiz...

This Adorable Pit Bull Was Nearly Beaten To Death, But Nothing Will Smash His Spirit

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green

It is something of a miracle that Odin the pit bull survived a beating that broke his skull in three places and left him blind. His rescuers almost...

Undercover Investigation Reveals Primate Injuries, Death at Texas Biomed

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Over five weeks, the investigator documented a pattern of mistreatment of the animals, including primates who suffered unnecessary injuries and even death.

Big News: FBI to Start Tracking Animal Cruelty Cases

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the "other offense" category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have critical data on animal cruelty.

Heinz Makes New, Important Animal Welfare Commitment

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

While the company still has a ways to go before getting cage confinement entirely out of its egg supply, this is a decisive step forward to reduce the suffering of tens of thousands of animals.