HSUS leader Wayne Pacelle reviews results for 2014

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In his A Humane Nation blog this week, Humane Society of the United States leader Wayne Pacelle reviewed the organization’s “Top Transformational Results of 2014.”

The list features:

South Dakota becoming the 5oth US state to adopt a felony animal-cruelty law.

It is now a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.

The truly idiotic and evil “King Amendment” was tossed out of the Farm Bill.

A federal appellate court rightfully overturned a horrible ruling from a lower that might have tossed out the animal crush video law. If I recall, the lower court tried to claim that torturing and brutally killing animals was protected free speech. That’s one for the Moronic Court Ruling Hall of Fame.

So arguably the current leader for the Moronic Court Ruling Hall of Fame is Citizens United.

A number of countries have agreed to end the use of gestation crates for pigs.

Three horse-slaughter plants were blocked from opening this year.

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture rule blocks the importation of puppies for sale. This means at least foreign puppy mills can’t sell here.

Internet sellers of puppy now have to follow USDA guidelines. The HSUS helped to block a legal challenge to this ruling.

Better protections are in place for animals suffering through experiments in labs.

The World Trade Organization is thankfully supporting European Union’s ban on products resulting from the horrific Canadian seal hunts.

The wolf hunts were stopped in Michigan.

New York and New Jersey became the first states to banned the sale of Ivory. This one should become a federal ban.

And Pacelle states the “…  International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling program violates the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling’s ban on commercial hunting.”

Read Pacelle’s full rundown at the link above.

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A lack of understanding of basic logic can lead to statements that defy logic

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Oddly enough, the headline over an editorial published Sunday on the Globe and Mail website reads “Hunting for logic in the WTO’s seal-hunting ruling.”

The World Trade Organization recently upheld the European Union’s important ban on products imported from the Canadian seal hunts. It is a great ban, but the aforementioned editorial shows an opposition to it, noting other animals slaughtered for food are killed under inhumane conditions.

But suggesting we should not work to ease the suffering for one species, merely because other species are being treated horribly too, is far from logical. In fact, it is great that progress can be made in any areas possible.

And then there’s this from the piece:

On the contrary, the Canadian government insists the highly regulated seal hunt is humane, a claim supported by veterinarians who have studied it.

Who could logically claim beating an animal to death is humane? Clearly this is not the case. And the more science advances and uncovers, in terms of self-awareness in animals, the more the evidence mounts to show these acts are not humane. The statement above is based on old notions and has no basis in modern science and has no basis in our current understanding of what animals actually feel.

It’s time to put the old, antiquated thinking in the trash bin of history.

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Video: HSUS documents seal slaughter

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The Humane Society of the US is documenting the suffering that is going on at the hands of those slaughtering baby seals on the Canadian sea ice.

How anyone could live with themselves after inflicting this sort of suffering on innocent beings is beyond what I can comprehend.

WARNING: Graphic content.

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New animated HSUS video informs on the horrors of the Canadian seal slaughter

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The Humane Society of the United States has released a new video, informing viewers about the horrors of the Canadian seal slaughter.

While the market for seal products continues to decline worldwide, the Canadian government continues to promote severe cruelty.

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