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April 08, 2011

First-Quarter Blog Favorites

Your favorite blog posts from the first few months of 2011 have spanned many of our major programs at the Humane Society of the United States, including puppy mills, animal rescue, factory farming, disaster relief, and animal research issues. Many of you also followed the highlights of our accomplishments last year.

Here are the 10 most popular entries so far this year, followed by a few updates:

1. Help for the People and Animals of Japan
2. Missouri Senate Passes Bill to Eviscerate Prop B
3. A Tiny Dog Makes a Big Splash Against Puppy Mills
4. Allegations of Fraud and Waste at World’s Largest Chimpanzee Laboratory
5. Breaking News: 100 Dogs Now Being Rescued from Squalid Puppy Mill in Tennessee
6. A&E Show 'Hoarders' to Feature The HSUS, Rescue of 2,000 Pet Rats
7. 2010 in Review: A Remarkable Year for Animals and The HSUS
8. Lights, Camera, Cover-Up?
9. More Misdirection from Scammers at CCF
10. One Horse’s Inspiring Recovery after Arkansas Rescue

A touching story from Tennessee

Watch Brownie, a dog we rescued from a Tennessee puppy mill this February, in his new home in this video.

The latest news from Japan

Our team of first responders has been on the ground in Japan since March 28, collaborating with local animal groups to assess the needs of animals, to help with temporary sheltering and care, and to distribute pet food, dog crates, and other supplies. Humane Society International responders are currently in Fukushima Prefecture, working with Japanese animal welfare partners at the edge of the no-access zone established near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Amid the ongoing risks of radiation and aftershocks, our team is helping to set up feeding stations along the border of the off-limits area to draw out animal survivors so they can be rescued. 

This week, we were glad to hear the U.S. government’s announcement that it had transported about 230 pets of American military personnel out of Japan with their families since March 11. Humane Society International has encouraged protocols for just this kind of orderly transportation of pets living with Americans abroad.

Rescued horses in Arkansas pasture
Desiree Bender/The HSUS
Some of the rescued Arkansas horses stretching their legs.

The latest news on neglected Arkansas horses

Dedicated staff from The HSUS, ASPCA, and other groups are giving these rescued horses the care and attention they deserve while court proceedings continue in Arkansas. The animals’ health has improved and many are now being housed at a large farm, where they can run and graze in open pasture.

Just a few days ago, the team celebrated the birth of a filly named April. This young horse will never know the neglect her mother endured.

The latest news from Missouri

This week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced a proposal to provide more than $1 million in additional funding for enforcement of dog-breeding regulations. We welcome increased enforcement, but enforcement is meaningless without clear standards to prohibit the worst abuses at puppy mills. That’s why we’re urging Gov. Nixon to veto SB 113 or any other attempt to repeal the protections for breeding dogs that voters approved through Proposition B.

The latest news on anti-whistleblower bills

Since I wrote about bills in Iowa and Florida attempting to criminalize taking photos or video of agricultural operations, the Iowa bill passed the House of Representatives and was approved by the Senate agriculture committee. Newspapers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids have editorialized against HF 589, and a poll found that nearly two-thirds of Iowa voters oppose this proposal. If you live in Iowa, please take action here to ask your senator to oppose HF 589. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the Iowa Environmental Council also oppose this bill.

The Florida Senate agriculture committee approved a similar bill, SB 1246, but it has not yet come up for a full vote. Minnesota has also introduced a similar measure.

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