April 12, 2013
2013 HSUS Accomplishments
See what we've achieved for animals so far this year
So far this year, The Humane Society of the United States has played a part in a number of important victories for animals.
Our Animal Rescue Team has been working to save animals throughout the country from cruelty, abuse, and neglect.
- In April, we assisted in raids on four suspected dogfighting operations in California, rescuing 18 dogs.
- In March, we participated in a Mississippi dogfighting bust that led to the rescue of 20 dogs and arrest of several alleged dogfighters.
- In March, we helped with the rescue of more than 100 dogs, cats, goats, horses, and other animals from a hoarding situation in Belmont County, Ohio.
- In February, we worked with local law enforcement to rescue more than 60 dogs from a North Carolina puppy mill.
- In January, we assisted with the rescue of sixteen cats from a hoarding situation in Dickson, Tennessee.
Ending intensive confinement of farm animals
So far in 2013, the following companies all committed to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chains: Tim Hortons, Bob Evans, Dine Equity (owner of IHOP and Applebee’s), Marriott, Au Bon Pain, General Mills, Williams Sausage Company, and Olymel (one of Canada’s largest pork producers).
Banning the slaughter of sick and injured veal calves
The UDSA granted an HSUS legal petition to ban the slaughter of downer veal calves and created a rule that closes a loophole in a federal anti-downer rule we secured in March 2009.
Exposing the fur industry
In response to an HSUS investigation, the Federal Trade Commission announced an enforcement action against Neiman Marcus and two other retailers for misrepresenting animal fur to consumers by advertising it as “faux fur” on their web sites. We also brought public attention to multiple animal fur garments being offered by the popular New York retailer, Century 21, including raccoon dog fur advertised as “faux fur” on a Marc Jacobs jacket.
Keeping Michigan's wolves protected
With the help of our coalition partners, we have secured the signatures needed to qualify for a Michigan referendum on wolf hunting. In just 67 days, we collected more than 253,000 signatures. This petition was launched to block wolf hunting for two seasons and to make the ban indefinite by securing a favorable vote of the people in the November 2014 election.
Ending shark finning
A federal court upheld California's law banning shark fins, a law we worked to pass.
The Council of Councils, an independent advisory body, recommended that the National Institutes of Health retire the majority of government-owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries. We donated $500,000 toward new construction at Chimp Haven, a Louisiana sanctuary that's already begun housing some of the 100-plus newly retired chimps.
Celebrating animal protection in the media
We held our annual Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., where we honored Ke$ha, The Colbert Report, and others in the news and entertainment industry for shining a spotlight on animal abuse.