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Pets of Valor
The HSUS' mission statement is Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty. The HSUS addresses the most egregious forms of cruelty against animals, but also celebrates the human-animal bond and animals that go above and beyond.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/EuK2t_dMpLU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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The HSUS Annual Report
The HSUS recently released its 2012 annual report, showing the huge accomplishments of the organization for the year.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/87cFe6lABq8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 87: Closing the Last Gas Chambers
Wayne and Tracie discuss gas chambers, an antiquated and inhumane method of euthanizing shelter animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/LmkfCxKX-zI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 86: Animal Fighting Spectator Bill
All 50 states have laws that ban animal fighting, however a dangerous loophole exists in federal law that prevents spectators from being arrested or prosecuted.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/He3sjhBmf5E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 85: Nightmare in Mississippi
The conditions our rescue team witnessed at a recent puppy mill raid in Mississippi were nothing short of appalling. It was, in a word, a nightmare for the animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/LLFxQAjouOU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 84: The King Amendment
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has proposed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would nullify any standards approved at the state level to regulate agriculture.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/362tWUwW3S4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 83: Victory for Dolphins
Wayne and Tracie discuss the recent developments in the ongoing struggle to keep dolphin-safe tuna labeling requirements intact.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/1UydPXnKtmE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 82: Get the Lead Out
Assembly Bill 711 seeks to ban the use of toxic lead ammunition in California. Lead bullets continue to kill wildlife long after being discharged into the environment.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/4XhmOPbVd7E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 81: Canada's Seal Slaughter
Thousands of baby seals are clubbed to death during the Canadian seal slaughter each year. Although there is little demand for seal fur, the Canadian government continues to buy up the excess pelts.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/JXWGQaSzj3w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 80: Michigan Wolves and Doves
Michigan Senate Bill 288 would allow the repeal of one of the most popular ballot measures in Michigan history, which outlawed the target shooting of mourning doves.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/jftuQySN_4Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Epidsode 79: Wayne and Ellen Speak Up for Animals
Tracie and Wayne discuss Wayne's recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where he talked about the dangerous Tennessee anti-whistleblower bill that is making its way to Governor Bill Haslam's desk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/kpGx3P6cCaE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 78: Meatless Mondays
The second largest school district in the country, Los Angeles Unified, recently made a commitment to go meat-free on Mondays.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/FGhAwyMF7mY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 77: PUPS Act & Puppy Mills
Wayne and Tracie discuss puppy mills, the AKC, and the recently introduced PUPS Act – federal legislation that would close a loophole that allows puppy millers to sell over the internet without regulation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/xSyc_EvEpRM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 76: Wolf Reintroduction Ends in Tragedy
Starting in the 1990s, there was an effort to reintroduce wolves in the Northern Rockies. Many people were quick to label the effort a success, but that was a premature judgment.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/6I7I-pmt20I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 75: Is Your Fur Faux?
The FTC has taken action against several big name retailers that falsely advertised real fur as faux fur. The HSUS has conducted many investigations exposing falsely labeled or falsely advertised fur garments.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/aDFpBXOkkhw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 74: Horse Meat on the Menu?
Wayne and Tracie discuss the issues surrounding horse slaughter and horse meat, and the recent developments in the EU and the U.S. regarding meat contamination, welfare concerns, and food safety problems.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/6lVzx4NbiOQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 73: When Animals Are In Need, The HSUS Is There
Wayne and Tracie discuss all the ways in which The HSUS helps animals - particularly in terms of direct care. Contrary to the claims of many opposition groups, The HSUS is the No. 1 organization in the nation for hands-on animal care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/qtfpwA_t_h0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 72: Whistleblower Suppression Laws
One of the only methods of bringing individuals and companies who engage in serious animal cruelty offenses to justice is to videotape or photograph them engaging in the illegal act.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/5UWslmirf08" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 71: NIH Working Group Finds Chimps Should No Longer be Used for Invasive Research
Recently, the National Institutes of Health set up a working group to determine whether or not research on chimpanzees is necessary. They found that all but 50 chimps should be permanently retired and research discontinued.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/wUMU63LfyhQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 70: Saying Goodbye to Billy and Working to Stop Puppy Mills
Billy was a puppy mill dog whose video turned into an overnight internet sensation. The years of neglect Billy suffered were too much, and sadly, he passed away in December.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/6k2vSFrpCds" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 69: Street Dog Welfare
Street dogs make up nearly half of the world's population of canines. Wayne talks about HSI's innovative program to spay/neuter and vaccinate street dogs, bringing the population down to a more manageable level.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/4uMlNEyk_P4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 68: Animal Welfare in India
Wayne and Tracie talk about his recent trip to India and the animal protection issues that Humane Society International is addressing in the newly opened offices in the country.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/fEmt9joZCH8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 67: Disaster Response from Katrina to Sandy
Wayne discusses his experiences on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and how disaster preparedness and response with regard to animals has changed in the years since Katrina.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Qzi9PobDJLE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 66: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 2)
Part 2 of 2: Tracie and Wayne continue their conversation about progress made for animals by The HSUS in 2012.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/OOIfNsr5g14" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 65: Progress for Animals in 2012 (Part 1)
Part 1 of 2: Every year The HSUS works tirelessly to create a more humane world for animals. Listen as Wayne and Tracie discuss the major milestones reached in 2012 state by state.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/KDY1F6p4sno" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 64: Wolves Under Fire
Less than a year after the USFWS de-listed wolves in the Great Lakes region, Wisconsin and Minnesota open wolf hunting and trapping seasons. Tracie and Wayne discuss the implications of this tragic development and how The HSUS is responding.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ufEOcMi98Oc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 63: Putting a Stop to the Cruel Beluga Whale Trade
Eighteen beluga whales who were captured in Russian seas are set to be put on display at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. If the permit for their import is approved, it will set a precedent that will have devastating consequences for wild belugas.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ychU0gSsX68" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 62: It's Time to End Chimpanzee Research
Listen in as Wayne and Tracy discuss how and why we should phase out medical research on chimpanzees and retire those currently living in labs to sanctuaries.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/0vdkI9B1Ltg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 61: Going Undercover to Reveal Abuse and Help Animals
The HSUS conducts undercover investigations at factory farms, research labs, slaughterhouses, and other places where animal cruelty is often hidden behind closed doors. Hear more about the courageous work of investigators and how they help animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/foJ1ijbPp_o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 60: Reforming Policies to Help Animals
The HSUS rescues thousands of pets and runs a network of sanctuaries, but we also protect animals by reforming policies in Congress, at the state level, and in the courts. Learn more about how these efforts are improving conditions for so many animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/JXy5ekGv2Tc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 59: Companies Backslide on Animal Testing Policies
Was the shampoo you use tested on animals? Did your toothpaste or lipstick cause suffering for animals in labs? We've made great progress in phasing out animal tests for many products, but recently several companies backslid on their cruelty-free pledges.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/MONmeiHRiss" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 58: Touring the Heartland of America
Hear about Wayne's recent tour of farms in rural America, and more about how The Humane Society of the United States is working with farmers to phase out cruel confinement and work together to advance animal welfare.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/5SRl4LRTK5I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 57: Domestic Dog Fur for Sale in the United States
It's illegal to sell products containing domestic dog or cat fur in the United States, thanks to legislation supported by The HSUS more than a decade ago. But in 2012, our investigators found domestic dog fur for sale in the U.S.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/_-iIMOcItbc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 56: Major Moments in Animal Protection, Continued
Hear more about major moments for the animal protection movement in recent years. In this continuation, Tracie and Wayne discuss the Hallmark-Westland undercover investigation of a dairy cow slaughter plant, and how people can seek out more humane food.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Yqtk4hby6dM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 55: Five Landmark Moments for Animal Protection
Learn more about five of the most important events in the recent history of animal protection, including the rescue of pets after Hurricane Katrina, the arrest of Michael Vick for dogfighting, and the ban on extreme confinement of farm animals in Calif.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ym09axWr6f4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 54: Undercover Video Reveals Abuse to Horses
A recent HSUS investigation uncovered shocking abuse of Tennessee walking horses. Learn more about horse soring, the intentional infliction of pain to produce a high-stepping gait, and the aftermath of this investigation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/N36hz51PT7g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 53: Where the Wild Things Shouldn't Be
Why is it a bad idea to keep a Bengal tiger or a chimpanzee in your backyard, basement, or living room? Find out more about the problems with the exotic pet trade, including a tragic incident recently in Zanesville, Ohio.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/gJoQg7FBxyQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 52: Doublespeak from American Kennel Club on Puppy Mills
The American Kennel Club says it stands for responsible breeders and the welfare of dogs. Yet it has opposed dozens of laws to set basic standards for puppy mills. Listen to this episode to learn why, and for an update on a USDA proposal to protect dogs.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ltSakdE5qrc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 51: Protecting Parrots and Other Birds
Tracie and Wayne discuss the recent rescue of more than 120 neglected parrots from a supposed sanctuary in Ohio. Though some types of birds make wonderful pets, parrots are intelligent, social, can live many decades, and need specialized care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/wdnvjsrW_RM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 50: Investigation Shines Light on Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses
An HSUS undercover investigation showed Tennessee walking horses having caustic chemicals applied to their legs as well as being whipped, kicked, and shocked in the face. Learn more about the public awareness and criminal indictments that followed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/2RQBAY6rESQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 49: Tigers and More Rescued from Exotic Animal Park
The issue of keeping dangerous wild animals in backyards or substandard roadside zoos continues to be in the news. Hear about a recent rescue of tigers, leopards, and other animals from an Oklahoma roadside zoo with poor conditions and safety risks.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/mgnfmKDX7G4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 48: Speak Up Now to Help Dogs in Puppy Mills
Countless puppy mill dogs are sold over the Internet with little oversight because of a legal loophole. Before July 16, please comment to support requiring large-scale breeders selling dogs online or directly to the public to meet basic standards of care.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/4nriWsHvGhY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 47: Working with Law Enforcement to Protect Animals
The HSUS works with law enforcement officials to help rescue pets, crack down on animal fighting, protect wildlife, and much more. Find out how this cooperation takes place in this week's episode of Humane Talk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/K_9phStjHBE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 46: Get Educated on Animal Issues at Humane Society University
Find out how you can go to school for animals at Humane Society University, with classes online and in Washington, D.C. The university has a wide range of courses and offers undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates, and master's degrees.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/HkGWEK7Nag4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 45: Helping Street Dogs in the Asian Nation of Bhutan
Hear about the ongoing project in Bhutan, a small county in Asia, where Humane Society International is helping street dogs and communities by sterilizing tens of thousands of free-roaming dogs.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/5cutmTAXGPw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 44: Racing Is a Dangerous Game for Horses
This episode looks into how competitive horse racing leads to the injury and death of far too many horses. A recent series in the New York Times brought more attention to the serious problems with injuries, drugs, and overbreeding in the industry.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/MtB0U22s8Ew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 43: California Wildlife Official Kills Mountain Lion on Guided Trophy Hunt
Although Californians banned hunting mountain lions with dogs two decades ago, the president of the state Fish & Game Commission recently traveled to Idaho to corner and kill a cougar with a pack of dogs. Wayne and Tracie discuss the controversy.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/-jzoIIuZ76g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 42: Join us at Animal Care EXPO or Taking Action for Animals
Learn more about how to make a difference for animals by signing up for our Taking Action for Animals conference this July, offering workshops and a wealth of information. Animal care professionals, please join us for our Animal Care EXPO this May.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/KXEv80Yr-AY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 41: Getting Closer to Ending the Canadian Seal Slaughter
Learn about the growing momentum to stop the commercial slaughter of baby harp seals in Canada. More and more countries are closing their borders to the seal fur trade, and animal advocates are speaking out against the killing.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/GsqHRMBoeqY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 40: Pets Used for Experiments
Wayne and Tracie discuss the little-known problem of Class B dealers, who acquire pets from shelters, "free to good home" ads, and other sources, then sell them to be used in experiments. Hear about how these random-source dealers are on their way out.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/os2L28IGz8A" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 39: Contraceptive Vaccine for Humane Wild Horse Management
Wild horses are an iconic part of the U.S. landscape, but the government rounds up thousands annually. Find out how a safe contraceptive vaccine for these animals can help manage their populations, and learn about the history of wild horse protection.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/EfP8FQO0YPo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 38: McDonald's Announcement is Great News for Pigs
Hear about McDonald's taking action to move toward ending the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs. More and more restaurant chains, pork producers, and food service companies are making similar announcements to phase out this cruel confinement.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/9yTYSIGSJ1Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 37: 'Horse Diving' Act Canceled after Outcry
An Atlantic City business recently scrapped plans to re-open a "horse diving" act. This dangerous spectacle became popular in the 1920s, with horses forced to walk up to an elevated platform that drops and plunges them 30 or 40 feet into a tank of water.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ZQHe9W6CT2Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 36: New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens
Hear more about the good news for hens: Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill to phase out barren battery cages for egg-laying hens and give these birds more space. Wayne and Tracie explain the details and the efforts to pass this important bill.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/rDgZNHt2ZPc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 35: Killing Campaigns against Coyotes
The U.S. government poisons and traps many coyotes and other wild animals, often in cruel ways. Find out why The HSUS is working to stop this taxpayer-funded killing program, and to replace it with effective nonlethal methods.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/i27waDKmQz8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 34: The Dangers of Large Constrictor Snakes as Pets
Invasive Burmese pythons are killing native animals in Florida, while pythons and other large constrictors kept as pets have killed several people. Learn about stopping the pet trade in large constrictor snakes to protect animal welfare and public safety.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/0LgFGP2y_bw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 33: Operation Cyberwild
Hear about the intriguing investigation called Operation Cyberwild that found products made from tiger skin, elephant skin, and other wildlife parts being sold online. HSUS volunteers helped federal officials uncover this illegal trafficking.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/JKHQ6CWLcPA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 32: Report Card for the Obama Administration
Find out why The HSUS gave the Obama administration a C-minus grade for 2011, looking at important animal welfare issues such as wild horses, chimps in research, puppy mills, protection of farm animals, trophy hunting of wolves, and more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/SJSKDVGYhro" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 31: New Front Group Tries to Divide Animal Advocates
This episode uncovers the dealings of PR front-man Richard Berman and his involvement with a new group, the so-called "Humane Society for Shelter Pets," attacking The HSUS. Berman has formed many front groups to try to discredit public interest charities.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/TZg2MR27FwE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 30: Good News for Chimpanzees
Learn more about the amazing lives of chimps and some recent good news for these animals, such as a federal study concluding that biomedical research on them is unnecessary.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Ag5k5Cvuy4Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 29: Wolves Under Attack
Learn more about the serious threats facing gray wolves today--animals who were nearly eradicated in the continental U.S. by trapping, hunting, and poisoning. Tracie and Wayne also talk about why protecting wolves is sometimes controversial.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/w83zZoSoQnU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 28: Problems with Purebred Dog Breeding
Tracie and Wayne explore the serious health problems caused by breeding dogs for their appearance instead of well-being, highlighted by a New York Times Magazine article on bulldogs. Find out more about calls to prioritize the dogs' health and welfare.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/gLI-AVxhLkQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 27: Buyer Beware - Online Sales of Puppy Mill Dogs
Cute puppies for sale over the Internet may win over unsuspecting consumers, but a recent investigation linked a major puppy broker to inhumane puppy mills. Hear more about the investigation and how to avoid supporting puppy mills when getting a dog.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ZvCdRSkUDXk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 26: The Campaign against Cramped Crates for Breeding Pigs
Learn about the problem of gestation crates, where many breeding pigs are confined on factory farms for most of their lives without being able to turn around. This episode discusses how animal advocates are campaigning to phase out these cruel crates.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/XwmXTkXrRy4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 25: Celebrating 2011's Victories for Animals
Tracie and Wayne talk about some of the biggest victories for animals in 2011, such as an agreement between The HSUS and a major egg industry group to phase out barren battery cages for hens, as well as good news on pet rescue, shark finning, and more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Bg8srTBnYho" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 24: New Year's Resolutions for a Humane Diet
As we approach the new year, listen to an encore episode about how the choices we make when we sit down to eat make a big difference for animals. Choosing to join in Meatless Mondays or buy cage-free eggs can make great New Year's resolutions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Ix3hEARvZVg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 23: Pets for Life Helps Underserved Communities
HSUS's Pets for Life programs in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and other cities reach out to underserved communities to host free pet health clinics, strengthen the bond between people and their pets, and more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/ZCu1XtX0sew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 22: The Shelter Pet Project Spreads the Word on Pet Adoption
The Shelter Pet Project, a project of The HSUS, the Ad Council, and pet foundation Maddie's Fund, is promoting shelter adoptions through a national ad campaign. Hear more about this groundbreaking project and how it's helping pets.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/gbyV7mP9FJY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 21: Bullfighting Banned in Spanish Province of Catalonia
Tracie and Wayne celebrate this year's ban on bullfighting in Catalonia, a province in northeastern Spain, and highlight the ongoing campaigns to end this blood sport elsewhere.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/mHeeW7gLymc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 20: Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Ohio
Hear the latest on the pressing topic of wild, dangerous animals being kept as pets in Ohio. Dozens of tigers, lions, and other animals were recently killed after being released by a Zanesville man, just the latest example of why stronger laws are needed.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/M3paQZTfDkU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 19: Federal Budget Cuts to Help Animals
With the federal government focused on reducing huge budget deficits, Wayne and Tracie discuss four ways that Congress can cut hundreds of millions in wasteful spending while helping chimpanzees, wild horses, animals in research, and wildlife.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/lmIbv3cgSew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 18: Hawaii Donkeys Airlifted to Safety
When can donkeys fly? When The HSUS, veterinarians, and others came together to help free-roaming donkeys in Hawaii, we airlifted more than 100 of them to sanctuary on the mainland. Hear the unusual and uplifting story of these special equines.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/T8ZL_hjS1B4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 17: Supreme Court Hearing Case on Downer Cattle and Pigs
Learn about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case on a California law spurred by HSUS's Hallmark/Westland slaughterhouse investigation, which found horrific abuse of downer cows and led to a massive meat recall because of human health concerns.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/2QKiAoxT6b0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 16: Ballot Initiatives to Help Animals
Wayne and Tracie discuss state ballot initiatives that allow voters to decide directly on important issues. The animal protection movement has used initiatives to outlaw cockfighting in Oklahoma, battery cages in California, and more.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/4aHu_0j7iYM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 15: The Dangers of the Exotic Animal Trade
Boa constrictors, tigers, chimpanzees, lions, and other exotic animals are legal to keep in homes and backyards in much of the United States. Learn why keeping large constrictor snakes and other exotic animals is harmful for the animals and for people.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/_0LViWieO_4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 14: Stopping the Cruelty of Horse Soring
This episode explores the disturbing practice of "horse soring," using painful methods to make show horses have an exaggerated, high-stepping gait. Tracie shares her personal experiences with show horses. *Please note: some descriptions are graphic.*<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/7wHE-6pzIpM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 13: Fur-Free Fashion and O Magazine
Tracie and Wayne chat about fur-free fashion and the great news about O, the Oprah Magazine, embracing fur-free alternatives. More people are recognizing that fur is cruel and unnecessary with so many modern alternatives for consumers.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/iC7hBa5b174" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 12: Contagion and the Threats of Factory Farming
Learn more about how intensive factory farming is not only inhumane for animals, but contributes to contagious diseases that threaten people. Wayne and Tracie discuss the new movie "Contagion" and how our treatment of animals affects human health.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/TByheRYSaF4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 11: Meatless Mondays and Humane Farming
Did you know that the choices you make when you sit down to eat can make the biggest difference to help animals? Hear how campaigns like Meatless Mondays and cage-free eggs can benefit millions of farm animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/Fo5YHtlZAqk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 10: Good News on Botox Animal Testing
Wayne describes how the anti-wrinkle treatment Botox has used an infamous animal testing method to make batches of the product. But recently, Botox maker Allergan announced that it has developed a new, alternative test that doesn't use animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/kiJx0pFLUoM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 9: Special Animal Shelter at Louisiana Prison
Hear the unique story of a new pet shelter inside the Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana, which takes in homeless animals and offers them for adoption. This project is helping inmates, pets, and the community.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/g9WVCTtxjGk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 8: Summer Reading for Animal Lovers
Hear about some of the latest books that celebrate animals, including "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "Alex and Me," Pacelle's book, "The Bond," and a wide variety of fascinating reads.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/gGoZK3BkFJo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 7: Protecting America's Horses
Learn more about the issue of horse slaughter, including the closure of U.S. slaughter plants in recent years and the continuing efforts to stop the export of American horses to Canada and Mexico to be killed for human consumption.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/QjByWXWUwk0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 6: The Humane Economy
Tracie and Wayne talk about the idea of a "humane economy" where businesses reflect humane values--such as whale watching instead of whale hunting, pet stores supporting adoption instead of puppy mills, or ecotourism instead of seal killing.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/HudIwMM_8-c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 5: Agreement to Help Egg-Laying Hens
Get the latest on the important agreement between The HSUS and United Egg Producers to phase out barren battery cages, give egg-laying hens more space, and improve labeling to help consumers make informed decisions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/FrlJ-1gep7w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 4: The Problems with Pet Store Puppies
Hear more about a rescued puppy mill dog recently adopted by a U.S. Congressman, and why pet adoption is so important. Tracie and Wayne also talk about new federal legislation to crack down on puppy mills.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/DYxk0Uj_ftI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 3: Puppy Mill Update
Learn more about puppy mills, where breeding dogs typically live in small cages for their whole lives without proper care. These mills sell puppies through pet stores and over the Internet. Tracie and Wayne discuss the campaign to help these dogs.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/64t1ZjjocRQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 2: GoDaddy Controversy
Wayne and Tracie talk about the intense controversy over GoDaddy.com CEO Bob Parsons' killing of an African elephant in Zimbabwe. Learn more about the issue of wasteful trophy hunting, and how to support companies that are friendly to animals.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/7-swDVutCQg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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Episode 1: A Passion for Animal Protection
In the first episode of Humane Talk, hear Wayne Pacelle and Tracie Hotchner discuss the day-to-day work of animal protection. Wayne shares how he became an animal advocate and what motivates him as president of The Humane Society of the United States.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/HumaneTalk/~4/_CuomUDGDWc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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