Humane Trends in the News

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HRC's new Humane Trends study and website are creating a buzz - check out the roundup of recent articles and blogs highlighting the study and its results. If you haven't had a chance to visit the website to see the details, play with the interactive charts and maps for each indicator, and tell us what you think by making a comment, please go to Whatever animal issue you work on, you'll find something of interest. But don't just take our word for it - see what others are saying...


Animals and Society Institute Research Nutshell

    The 21-page "Humane Trends" report draws from 25 data sources divided into categories for companion animals, farmed animals, wildlife and animals used in science, as well as a category of general indicators. Each indicator has an associated goal or target that represents what most animal advocates would consider the ideal state for that indicator. By looking at where public attitudes are now measured against what is considered progress for the humane treatment of animals, the study provides both a snapshot and a blueprint for continued activism on behalf of all species. READ MORE

Humane Connection (Blog of the Institute for Humane Education)

    (T)his is an important survey that provides a snapshot of the status of animals in U.S. society and that offers educators an excellent tool for exploring important issues surrounding our relationship with animals, such as whether our choices and the systems we support that abuse and exploit animals are consistent with our values, how we can make choices that do the most good and least harm for all, and what obstacles we can remove to make it easier for our society to treat animals with respect and compassion. READ MORE by Erik Marcus

    Some figures extracted from a “Humane Trends Baseline Report” released yesterday by the Humane Research Council:

    • 91 percent of U.S. adults say that protecting companion animals is important
    • There are 14 laws in seven states that limit the confinement of farm animals
    • An estimated 3.5 million cats and dogs were killed in animal shelters in 2010
    • 89 percent of U.S. medical schools do not require terminal animal labs
    • More than 9 billion land-based farm animals are slaughtered for food annually
    • Only 15 U.S. states have policies that allow students to opt out of dissection
    • 15 million hunting licenses were issued in 2011, up 520,000 in the past two years
    • There are 376 endangered animal species in the U.S. as of 2010

    Useful numbers for animal advocates considering which activism opportunities deserve priority. I’d put item #5 atop the list. READ MORE

Untamed Idaho

    Yesterday, the Humane Research Council released its 2011 Humane Trends Baseline Report. It evaluates animal protection rights in the U.S. The report does have a pretty slanted agenda, I get the feeling they oppose all forms of hunting and abhor the thought of eating animals. However, I think the information is important when we talk about animal cruelty. READ MORE

    According to a new study by the Humane Research Council, the US scores very low regarding its treatment of animals, with an average of 34 out of 100 possible points. Researchers divided the study into five 100-point categories and studied relevant statistics and research to determine scores. READ MORE

HRC’s Carol Glasser on Go Vegan Radio

    The U.S. gets a horribly failing grade, as you will learn from a new study today just released by the Humane Research Council. Its Research Director, Dr. Carol Glasser, will be on today’s program discussing the Humane Trends report... READ MORE

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