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April 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Pennsylvania egg farm is under fire from the Humane Society of the United States after the animal rights group conducted an undercover investigation that it says netted secret footage of hens living in filthy, cramped conditions that put public health at risk. Kreider Farms did not respond to repeated requests from The Times for comment. But Ron Kreider, the company president, told the Associated Press that the society's report, posted on its website Thursday, was “a gross distortion of Kreider Farms, our employees and the way we care for our birds.” He said Kreider has “state-of-the-art facilities” and “more than 80% of our chickens are housed in larger, modern cages.” For six weeks in February and March, the Humane Society had someone on the inside at Kreider Farms who used a hidden camera to document conditions there, society president Wayne Pacelle told The Times.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
About 40% fewer bears were killed in California by hunters in 2013, a change the Humane Society of the United States attributed to a new state law barring packs of unsupervised dogs while hunting. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said 1,002 bears were killed during the 2013 black bear hunting season compared to 1,962 bears over the same period in 2012. That figure was about 40% lower than the annual state average over the last decade, the Humane Society said in statement issued Thursday.
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OPINION
June 12, 2011
The Humane Society of the United States is accustomed to criticism. As the country's largest, richest and most powerful animal welfare organization, it is a big target. Its successful 2008 campaign in California to pass Proposition 2, which outlawed battery cages for egg-laying hens, was fought hard by the egg industry, which protested that the new law would cripple egg farmers throughout the state. But a series of public attacks by a group called HumaneWatch.org , which have appeared on the group's website and in the media over the last year and a half, takes the debate to a troubling place.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Animal rights advocates are preparing for a legal showdown after a federal appeals court this week temporarily banned the slaughter of horses in New Mexico and Missouri, with the activists pledging to continue to fight for the welfare of domestic horses nationwide. The issue of slaughtering domestic horses has been divisive nationwide, spurring debate in Congress and dividing horse rescue and animal welfare groups, ranchers, politicians and Indian tribes. The last U.S. horse slaughterhouse closed in 2006, the same year Congress essentially banned the practice by eliminating funding for inspections of those facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998
Re "Cats Held at Shelter," March 18 letter by Henry Naughton. Mr. Naughton neglected to mention that several other animals, outside the scope of the warrant for the cats, were also seized by the Humane Society from Glenda Brunette. A "minuscule" technicality, I suppose. The "wonderful" attorneys were not responsible for the incarceration of the cats for three years; they simply represented their respective clients' differences in a court of law. The Humane Society is not empowered to unilaterally disenfranchise people of their rights or make up their own rules as they go along.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Two animated productions -- the feature film "Bolt" and the Fox TV series "The Simpsons" -- have picked up top honors at the 23rd annual Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States to honor media presentations of animal protection issues. "Bolt," the story of a pampered, sheltered dog suddenly thrust into the outside world on its own, was cited in part for its depiction of "the sad truth about unwanted and abandoned cats and dogs," while "The Simpsons" won for its episode "Apocalypse Cow," which the Humane Society praised for "telling it like it really is about the fate of 4-H club animals and the bleak, inhumane nature of factory farming."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1997
I am appalled at your recent stories attempting to discredit the Humane Society of Ventura County. It seems as if there is some sort of vendetta going on. To address a few of the incorrect accusations: We have hired an architect and plans are drawn for our spay/neuter clinic. Our next step is to obtain permits. We are not "sitting on this money," but moving ahead. Naturally, this "controversy" dredged up by a small group of new members has put the clinic on hold and caused us to spend thousands of dollars on attorneys instead of the animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1990
Humane society officials Thursday ordered the closure of what they called an "abysmal" kennel at a Gardena house, where 10 dogs and a cat died in a fire earlier in the week. Officials found pools of urine and feces collected at Fantasy Kennels on La Salle Avenue and "declared the property uninhabitable for animals," said Sgt. Cori Whetstone of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
"Fast Food Nation" was named best feature film of 2006, and Oscar winner "Happy Feet" also was honored at the 21st annual Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States to honor media presentations of animal protection issues. "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's fictionalized adaptation of the book by Eric Schlosser, was lauded by the Genesis judges "for an uncompromising look at the link between the abuse and exploitation of people and animals in a slaughterhouse."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
California has the strongest animal protection laws in the country, with wide-ranging regulations shielding animals from harm in homes, on farms, at racetracks and in the wild, the Humane Society of the United States reported Monday. In an analysis of laws in all 50 states, the animal welfare advocates ranked the Golden State No. 1 for the legal protections it has enacted across the animal kingdom. New Jersey, Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts also scored high in the national rankings.
OPINION
July 12, 2013
Re "Mass protest sweeps state prisons," July 10, and "The strike against solitary," July 10 The fact that many prisoners in California are treated inhumanely by the state shocks the conscience and haunts the soul. It's not "tough on crime" to keep inmates in solitary confinement or to fail to provide prisoners basic humane services; to the contrary, it contributes to the high recidivism that affects us all. The answer is to get smart on crime and be humane to those incarcerated.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Visitors to Maui now have a way to stay connected to four-legged friends, even if the family pets are back home, thousands of miles away. The Maui Humane Society is giving pet lovers a chance  to interact with homeless dogs and cats in need of some human kindness. Starting Wednesday, the “Helping Paws Visitor Program” will let tourists lend a “helping paw” at the society's animal shelter 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. After a brief orientation, vacationers-turned-volunteers will participate in activities such as bathing puppies, brushing cats and walking dogs.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS  - A national animal advocacy group excoriated the federal government, saying it misled the public about last week's removal of 11 wild mustangs that had coexisted for years with residents of a populated area outside Carson City, Nev. The Humane Society of the United States has called for the Bureau of Land Management to return the animals to the wild, rather than following through on plans to put them up for adoption. “The Humane Society of the United States denounces the Bureau of Land Management's decision to remove a small band of wild horses located just east of Carson City, Nev., in the Pine Nut Herd Management Area,” according to a statement released by the group Tuesday.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States says he wants a seat on the board of directors at Tyson Foods so he can begin working from the inside-out to improve the plight of farm animals -- especially pregnant pigs. Let that sink in for a second. The head of one of the world's largest animal-rights organizations wants to help oversee one of the world's biggest meat producers.  Wayne Pacelle said in a statement posted on the Humane Society's website that he has filed paperwork as a candidate for election to the board of directors of Tyson Foods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2012 | SANDY BANKS
Goofy looks fearsome at first glance. He's a strapping Staffordshire bull terrier, with big teeth, a barrel chest and a baleful stare. But he waddles more than he swaggers. And when this pit bull jumps on a stranger, it's to deliver a slobbery kiss, not to rip an ear off. Juan Arevalo bought the dog as a puppy for his teenage son, who promptly lost interest in him. So, Goofy has been Arevalo's canine partner for the past four years. They walk or run together every day. "And I watch 'The Dog Whisperer' a lot," Arevalo said.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
ATWATER, Calif. — The gigantic chicken coop at the JS West farm here is big enough to hangar a Boeing 747, and the clucks from 150,000 egg-laying hens make it almost as noisy as one. Jill Benson, whose family owns the place, is proud of the roomy cages, the clean, ventilated air and, yes, even the never-ending squawks from all those birds. "They're singing because they're happy," she said. If that's true, California voters can take some of the credit. Proposition 2, passed by a wide margin in 2008, requires chicken farmers to give their egg-laying birds enough room to stand and spread their wings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 | From Times staff reports
The Humane Society of Ventura County will charge an impound fee beginning June 1 for all cats and dogs claimed at its Ojai animal shelter that are not spayed or neutered. The owner of an unaltered cat or dog will be fined $35 the first time the animal is taken in. If the animal is impounded a second time, the fine will be $50. For a third occurrence, $100. A similar policy is enforced by the county's animal regulation shelter in Camarillo.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Pennsylvania egg farm is under fire from the Humane Society of the United States after the animal rights group conducted an undercover investigation that it says netted secret footage of hens living in filthy, cramped conditions that put public health at risk. Kreider Farms did not respond to repeated requests from The Times for comment. But Ron Kreider, the company president, told the Associated Press that the society's report, posted on its website Thursday, was “a gross distortion of Kreider Farms, our employees and the way we care for our birds.” He said Kreider has “state-of-the-art facilities” and “more than 80% of our chickens are housed in larger, modern cages.” For six weeks in February and March, the Humane Society had someone on the inside at Kreider Farms who used a hidden camera to document conditions there, society president Wayne Pacelle told The Times.
OPINION
October 21, 2011
The tragic carnage and panic that unfolded this week outside Zanesville, Ohio, after a man set free the 56 wild animals he kept on his property were clearly extraordinary events set in motion by a deeply troubled person who later killed himself. But the fact that Terry Thompson — who had been convicted of animal cruelty in 2005 — was even allowed to own lions, tigers and wolves, among other dangerous animals, spotlights the disturbing inadequacy of Ohio law on the issue. Two years ago, the Humane Society of the U.S. singled out Ohio along with Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma for having the fewest restrictions on keeping wild animals as pets.
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