Humane Society of the United States

18 08, 2017

U.S. Government Reinstates Database of Kennel Inspection Reports

By |August 18th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release this afternoon announcing the reinstatement of its searchable online database that includes inspection reports for commercial dog-breeding kennels. Reinstatement of the database follows months' worth of public outcry. A diverse spread of individuals ranging from animal-welfare advocates to pet-store executives have said the previously available database should [...]

8 02, 2017

New Study Likely to Affect Debate about Shelters and Breeders

By |February 8th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

This morning, The Washington Post published my article about a new study from Mississippi State University showing that shelter euthanasia rates for dogs have dipped to the lowest level in modern history, with fewer than 780,000 dogs per year now dying in U.S. shelters. Researchers and scientists from groups including the ASPCA, No Kill Advocacy [...]

6 02, 2017

Petland and HSUS Act to Reverse USDA Database Decision

By |February 6th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

When the pet-store chain Petland and the Humane Society of the United States---frequent opponents on legislative actions---are both on the same page and crying foul, you know we have entered new territory concerning the welfare of dogs. Both Petland and HSUS today stated that they are calling upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend or [...]

4 02, 2017

Federal Agency Removes Key Consumer Tool for Evaluating Dog Breeders

By |February 4th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

At 1 p.m. today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted this notice on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) section of its website. The notice explains that from now on, it will be much harder for consumers and others to review government inspection reports about dog breeders that previously had been available online in a simple [...]

21 11, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed: How Our Political Vitriol is Hurting Our Dogs

By |November 21st, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The Washington Post just published my latest story about dogs, which I originally pitched with the title "Party Animals." It's about how our current level of political vitriol in the United States is keeping dogs in conditions that many of us agree are unacceptable. I hope you'll take the time to read it, whether you [...]

1 09, 2016

‘The Dog Merchants’ Book Inspires Colorado Legislation

By |September 1st, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Late last night, I learned from Google that my book has inspired legislation in Aurora, Colorado. I found out when I read this story in the Aurora Sentinel, which reported that the councilman who introduced the legislation "said he was inspired to do something locally after reading Kim Kavin’s book The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business [...]

6 08, 2016

Hydra: New Jersey’s Just Pups and the ‘Puppy Mill Monster’

By |August 6th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Well-intentioned officials in my home state of New Jersey are combining forces to exile Vincent LoSacco and his Just Pups stores, where, among other things, 67 puppies and dogs were left outside in a 38-degree van earlier this year. First came hundreds of animal cruelty charges, followed by the closing of Just Pups [...]

15 07, 2016

Extended Interview with Forrest Lucas about ‘The Dog Lover’ Film

By |July 15th, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments This morning, Dogster published my review of "The Dog Lover," a new film based on the true story of a hunting-dog breeder in South Dakota whose dogs were seized in a puppy mill raid aided by the Humane Society of the United States. The film has received mixed reviews, including from The Hollywood Reporter ("this propaganda [...]

7 06, 2016

‘The Dog Merchants’ Op-Ed Inspires Amendments to ‘Pet Store Puppy Mill Legislation

By |June 7th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

My publisher, Pegasus Books, just sent out the press release below. I'm thrilled to see "The Dog Merchants" and my other writing based on the book's research having such an impact, just a month after the book's publication date. “THE DOG MERCHANTS” OP-ED INSPIRES AMENDMENTS TO “PET STORE PUPPY MILL” LEGISLATION  The bill’s sponsoring senator now seeks [...]

8 05, 2016

An Open Letter to Brandi Hunter and the American Kennel Club

By |May 8th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Illustration created by Sharon Montrose for my op-ed. Copyright to this work is owned by the Albany Times-Union. On May 2, I published this op-ed in the Albany-Times Union urging New York State lawmakers to consider outright evicting, or at least prohibiting the televising of, the AKC-sanctioned Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from within [...]