In 1971, Congress declared our wild horses and burros an integral part of our public rangelands and ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to care for them as cultural icons. Over the years, the BLM has rounded up tens of thousands of our wild equines, often with cruel methods, and shipped them to tax-funded holding facilities where they are confined for the rest of their lives.
The BLM is again looking to apply the same failed model of round-ups and removals in revised management plans for wild horses out West. These plans must be altered.
If adopted, these management plans would decimate the wild horse population in the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two-million-acre mix of public and private land where nearly half of Wyoming’s wild horses live. This is certainly not the free-roaming vision Congress set out for these majestic animals.
The good news is that you can help! The BLM is accepting public comments through Friday, September 27, on the potentially devastating revisions to Resource Management Plans that will cull wild horses in Wyoming.
September is National Chicken Month, so it’s especially fitting that this month the ASPCA launched a national campaign to improve the lives of the nearly 9 billion chickens raised and slaughtered every year for meat. The Truth About Chicken is a big initiative for a big problem.
As the graph below shows, since 1920 the average weight of a meat chicken has risen while the time it takes to reach “slaughter weight” has shrunk. This is no accident. In the name of producing as much cheap white breast meat as possible, modern chickens have been bred for unnaturally fast and disproportionate weight gain.
The average age and the average live weight of chickens at slaughter since 1920.
On factory farms, where 99% of them live, chickens are packed into windowless sheds by the tens of thousands where in just over six weeks, they explode from tiny chicks into top-heavy, sumo-sized six-pound birds. That's almost a pound of weight gain a week!
The weight strains the birds’ bones and organs, which haven't had enough time to develop, causing all kinds of breakdown: broken bones, torn tendons, difficulty breathing, heart attacks and birds who collapse under their own weight. Overburdened but still youngsters, these chickens lie in their own waste for much of their lives, causing burns and open sores on their chests and feet. These wounds allow in Salmonella, campylobacter and other pathogens that can make consumers sick.
As farmer Will Harris states, “We have successfully bred most of the chicken out of the chicken. A chicken in 1940, raised for 14 weeks to maturity, could fly. A chicken in 2010, raised for 6 weeks to maturity, struggles to walk.”
We’re fighting for better lives for chickens and we need your help. Tell the industry that you won’t stand for this kind of cruelty in the name of profit. Take action at TruthAboutChicken.org today!
When Shakira H. decided to bring home a feline companion from the ASPCA Adoption Center, she thought it was best to take her time. Having recently lost her beloved Tabby, Brooklyn, whom she adopted from the ASPCA, Shakira wanted to spend some quality time with the adoptable cats to find the perfect fit.
“The ASPCA representatives were helpful and patient,” Shakira says. “I went to the Adoption Center for a whole week just visiting and trying to make the right decision for this lifelong commitment. The staff worked with me, listened and understood what I was looking for in a cat.”
After plenty of time and thought, Shakira ended up with not one but two kittens. She named them Gusto and Niu Niu.
“Gusto and Niu Niu were the ideal pair,” Shakira says. “They were exactly what I wanted: a young, bonded pair. They were adorable, playful and friendly.”
It’s safe to say that these lively kittens are keeping Shakira on her toes.
“Gusto, Niu Niu and I are still adjusting,” she says. “They are very playful and curious, as any 6-month-old kittens would be. They are also fast learners. Their antics keep me going and put a smile on my face.”
Want to come join us in sunny Florida this winter? It’s not too late to run or walk with us to raise money for homeless, abused and injured animals—and on top of the satisfaction of making a real impact on animals’ lives, Team ASPCA participants will receive:
Guaranteed race entry into the Walt Disney World race of your choice.
Marathon or Half Marathon training from professional coaches.
Weekend travel accommodations, including roundtrip airfare to Orlando and hotel accommodations.
Official Team ASPCA merchandise, including a Team ASPCA singlet, Team ASPCA training shirt and much more!
Access to Team ASPCA events such as our team kickoff event, pre- and post-event celebrations, invitation to our exclusive Coaches Breakfast and entry into the private Team ASPCA tent at the finish line.
Plus, to help you reach your goal, a personal online fundraising page and guidance from Team ASPCA Alumni and professional fundraisers!
The entire event weekend (all races!) is 100% sold out, so new participants can join only as members of a charity team like Team ASPCA. We are hosting online information meetings through October 16—visit teamaspca.org to learn more, and get active for a great cause!
Zack was one of about 150 Jack Russell Terriers and Shiba Inus we rescued from a Michigan puppy mill earlier this year. After rescue, he needed surgery on his eyes—but he also needed extensive behavior help.
ASPCA behavior expert Kristen Collins was at the rescue to help remove dogs from the property, and she noticed Zack right away. He shook violently as he crouched in terror, his eyes wide. When Collins approached his enclosure, he bolted for the broken crate that was his only shelter from the elements.
"He looked like the most fearful dog on the property," Collins remembers. She knew Zack's best hope was intensive treatment at our Rehab Center for puppy mill and hoarding survivors.
When Zack arrived at the Rehab Center, his behavior was no different than the first time Collins saw him quake with fear at her approach. He cowered in the back of his space, ears flat and body low. And yet—after a few days, though he remained skeptical about human touch, Zack began to tentatively wag his tail at the sight of familiar people.
Today, Zack has been adopted and is part of a loving family. We wanted to show you the amazing progress Zack made during his time with us—please watch his video below.