This piece originally ran in The Hill newspaper.
Americans love animals. In fact, more of us go to visit zoos and aquariums each year than attend all professional sporting events combined. Yet recent incidents such as the one with Harambe, the Western lowland gorilla who was shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure, have prompted a small but vocal minority to question if the world still needs zoos and aquariums.
The fact is, as lawmakers learned this week at an event on Capitol Hill, zoos, aquariums and conservation parks are essential if we want to preserve the magnificent creatures with whom we share the Earth.
Little Lost Pet. Big Scary World.
It’s a big, scary world out there for cats and dogs who are lost and alone, far from home. And even though you may think your pet would never run away — never be one of the lost ones cowering in an alley or running across a busy street — the sad fact is that it can happen to any pet. Continue reading
Animals As Gifts
The holidays are a popular time for welcoming a new furry friend into your family. There may not be a greater gift for homeless animals than to open your heart and home to them. As they do year-round, animal shelters have thousands of wonderful companions available for adoption. If you’re thinking about giving your children a bunny or chick as a “special” Easter present, here are some things to think about first:
Retired Military Working Dog, Staff Sergeant Nico
Partners On and Off the Battlefield
The first thing Sgt. Calvin Aguilar requested when he groggily awoke from surgery was to see Staff Sergeant (SSG) Nico. The two partners had been deployed to Afghanistan together, and like all soldiers they watched each other’s back during times of danger. In fact, the two didn’t leave each other’s side until Sgt. Aguilar was rushed to surgery following a battlefield injury. Even then, Sgt. Aguilar was only able to see SSG Nico after receiving special permission, because unlike other hospital visitors, Nico had four legs instead of two. Continue reading
Animal abuse is never acceptable, and should never be tolerated.
American Humane Association has received complaints regarding an episode of a Nat Geo reality television series featuring Cesar Millan. As this country’s first national humane organization, we are always vigilant about stopping abuse wherever it occurs.
We saw what so many concerned Americans saw in that segment. Clearly, the treatment of the animals did not meet our stringent “Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media.” American Humane Association oversees the humane treatment of animals around the world with our No Animals Were Harmed® animal welfare program, but sadly we are not invited to protect the animals featured in reality television productions. Continue reading
Flame was one of 49 abused cats rescued from a hoarding situation in Bartlett, Tennessee.
The orange and white tabby cat with matted fur and bright green eyes was confused when emergency responders donning white suits and face masks came through the front door, reaching for him. He desperately dodged from one soiled surface to another until he was finally picked up by a responding volunteer, placed in a carrier, and hustled out of the home’s interior. Named “Flame” by the volunteer emergency responders, he deeply breathed in the fresh Tennessee winter air for the first time. Continue reading