The Humane Society of The United States
The mission of The Humane Society of the United States is to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy and the promotion of respect and compassion.
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Stop Puppy Mills: It Starts with YOU
The majority of pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are like dog-making factories where mother dogs spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention. When the mother and father dogs can no longer breed, they are discarded or killed. Sadly, consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel industry. Help stop this cycle of cruelty by pledging to adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue, or purchase from a responsible breeder who will show you where your puppy was born and raised. Then, do even more by refusing to buy pet supplies from any store or website that sells puppies. Where you spend your dollars makes a difference! Take the pledge below.
Stop Animal Fighting in West Virginia
Please ask the West Virginia legislature to pass H.B. 4201 to increase animal fighting penalties. This new bill will make it illegal to bring a minor to an animal fight and to gamble on animal fights. It will also increase penalties for spectators of these horrific fights. Intentionally forcing an animal to fight, often times to the death, while spectators cheer and wager, is barbaric and has no place in our state. Federal investigations have revealed animal fights to be intricate gambling rings that often attract large crowds. Large quantities of drugs are often found at these fights. Spectators play a crucial role in animal fighting. They enable these activities by promoting them, paying admission, and betting on fights. These fights would not occur without spectators as they would be unprofitable for event organizers. We need laws to make our communities safer by setting meaningful penalties for fueling the animal fighting industry, and deterring animal fighters from seeking refuge in West Virginia. Take action now!
Urge Congress to Crack Down on Puppy Mills
Legislation to crack down on puppy mills has been reintroduced in Congress. S. 395 / H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, will close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act regulations that currently allows puppy mills to sell dogs over the Internet without any oversight or standards of care. This bipartisan bill will require the following changes to the Animal Welfare Act: 1.) All dog breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public will be federally licensed and inspected; 2.) Dogs at commercial breeding facilities must be given the opportunity to exercise for 60 minutes a day; and 3.) The bill will not affect small breeders and hobby breeders who sell fewer than 50 dogs per year directly to the public, but is crafted to cover only large commercial breeding facilities. The PUPS Act is sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. and David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., Sam Farr, D-Calif., Bill Young, R-Fla., and Lois Capps, D-Calif. Take action today and send a message to your legislators expressing your support for the PUPS Act!
Tell Smithfield No More Gestation Crates
An HSUS undercover investigator recently documented the suffering endured by female breeding pigs held in severely restrictive gestation crates on a factory farm operated by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, in Waverly, Virginia. Gestation crates are exceptionally cruel and have been banned by the European Union, New Zealand and seven U.S. states. In 2007, Smithfield said it would phase out the use of gestation crates by 2017, yet in 2009 it said it could no longer meet its self-imposed and very lenient deadline. Many of these highly intelligent and inquisitive pigs develop pressure sores and infections from crate-related injuries and from simply lying in the same position without relief. Out of sheer boredom, they engage in repetitive behaviors — such as bar biting and head swaying — sometimes injuring themselves in the process. TAKE ACTIONPlease send C. Larry Pope, CEO of Smithfield, a message urging him to recommit to the company's original promise and stop the use of these inhumane gestation crates on Smithfield's factory farms by 2017.