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.
March 29, 2013 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
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.
October 2, 2012 |
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 |
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.
May 27, 2012 |
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.