Saturday, May 27, 2017

ASPCA denounces proposed 2018 budget permitting wild horses to be sold for slaughter

The ASPCA has denounced the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2018 federal budget for including a shocking plan to remove existing safeguards for federally-protected wild horses, opening the door for tens of thousands of horses to be immediately killed or sent to slaughter.

The Wild Horse and Burro Program, managed by the Bureau of Land Management under the Department of the Interior, would allow wild horses to be sold to the highest bidder, almost certainly for the purposes of slaughter, and would strip critical language prohibiting the killing of healthy wild horses.

“This proposal represents a dereliction of the Interior Department’s responsibility to protect our nation’s wild horses and an affront to public opinion and our shared values,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO. “Wild horses can and should be humanely managed on-range using simple fertility control, yet the BLM would rather make these innocent animals pay for draconian budget cuts with their very lives.”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

ASPCA files lawsuit against HUD following denial of fee-waived FOIA request

The ASPCA, with the assistance of Holland & Knight LLP, has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) claiming that the agency's denial of its request for a fee waiver for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning pet ownership restrictions in select public housing units is unlawful.

In its original request, the ASPCA noted that the organization is entitled to receive these documents free of charge under FOIA's public interest provision because the documents would be used to educate the public about HUD policies that potentially prohibit pet ownership by thousands of tenants nationwide.

The ASPCA's suit argues that nonprofit groups will be prevented from using FOIA effectively if government agencies demand thousands of dollars of fees to fulfill each request.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Can you break a window to save a dog in a hot car?

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the danger of dogs dying because negligent owners left them in a hot car grows as well.

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do, within your legal rights, if you see an animal in distress in a locked car? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Budget bill prevents slaughter of wild horses

The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund are pleased that the 2017 omnibus spending bill includes provisions directing the Bureau of Land Management to protect our nation’s wild horses and burros.

The bill prevents the BLM and its contractors from sending wild horses to be slaughtered for human consumption.

It further directs the BLM to review all serious proposals from non-governmental organizations and create a plan, within 180 days of enactment of the bill, to maintain long-term, sustainable populations on the range in a humane manner.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

HSUS assists in removal of more than 350 animals from Georgia property

The Humane Society of the United States and several Georgia-based organizations were called in by the Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control to assist in the rescue of more than 350 animals from a Habersham County property.

HCACC personnel served a search and seizure warrant on the property on April 12 after receiving a barking complaint and conducting a welfare check.

During the execution of the search warrant, the officers found the animals in deplorable living conditions, with many of them living in filth and inches of feces and without access to clean water. HCACC is removing the animals from the property pending the final disposition of the case.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Coalition kicks off National Dog Bite Prevention Week - April 9-15, 2017

There are more than 77 million good dogs in the United States, but even the gentlest dog can bite.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, a founding sponsor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition, joined coalition representatives from the U.S. Postal Service, State Farm, the Insurance Information Institute, and American Humane at the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA to share the latest dog bite statistics and demonstrate safety tips with a group of Los Angeles area school children.

"It is vital to teach children from a very young age how to read a dog's behavior," said Dr. Melissa Bain, board certified in veterinary behavior and animal welfare in the Clinical Behavior Service at the University of California–Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.