In 2015, Proposition 2 (also known as “Standards for Confining Farm Animals initiative”) went into effect in California. This landmark law requires that egg-laying hens have enough space to turn around, lie down, and fully extend their legs and wings—luxuries not afforded to the millions of hens confined in battery cages that provide less space per bird than a regular 8.5x11” sheet of paper.
The San Francisco SPCA, a proud Emergency Placement Partner for Humane Society International (HSI), has once again opened its doors to 60+ dogs recently rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea that has been permanently closed with the help of animal advocates.
The largely unmonitored and widespread practice of shark finning has devastated shark populations and the stability of marine ecosystems. Many shark populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years, and experts estimate that most shark species could go extinct within the next decade.
In a big step forward in the battle against animal cruelty, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began tracking animal abuse in their national crime database this month.
Previously, the FBI aggregated animal abuse crimes with other mostly minor offenses in a generic “other” category in its reporting system, rendering them difficult to track and analyze.
Looking to welcome a new pet to your home this holiday season? Lucky you! Hardly anything is more exciting than finding a forever friend who will add so much joy to your life year round.
Chances are that you’ll turn to the Internet to help find your perfect pet. With lots of helpful resources online, the Internet can be a great place to start – just make sure it’s not where your search ends.
This past Saturday, famous racehorse American Pharoah completed horse racing’s first-ever Grand Slam at Breeders’ Cup. On June 6th of this year, when he won the Triple Crown, the Internet went crazy. The horse’s name was even trending on Facebook, a testament to the popularity of the sport. Not surprisingly, Americans love to admire the beauty, grace, and athleticism of these powerful animals.
Coyotes have been recently spotted in Golden Gate Park and other areas in San Francisco. On Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30pm, individuals are invited to join Project Coyote, Supervisors Katy Tang and Norman Yee, and other stakeholders for an important community meeting about coyotes in San Francisco.
The people have spoken. Yesterday, the California Coastal Commission unanimously voted to ban captive whale breeding and drastically restrict the movement of whales in and out of SeaWorld San Diego. The ban was a last-minute amendment to a 100 million dollar expansion to the orca tanks at SeaWorld. The expansion was approved, along with the stipulation that breeding of captive orcas must end.
When it comes to protecting circus animals, there’s a lot to be thankful for in California. San Francisco recently became the largest U.S. city to ban exotic animal performances. Oakland and Los Angeles have both banned the bullhook, a weapon used to control circus elephants. With Senate Bill 716, California could soon become the first state in the nation to stop bullhook abuse. Amid growing public concern, Ringling Bros.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Yesterday, a Yellowstone grizzly bear named Blaze fell victim to the blind and archaic notion that if a wild animal kills, it must be killed in return. This is an extremely tragic situation on all fronts. A man has lost his life, an endangered mother grizzly bear has lost her life, and the future is uncertain for her two cubs.