Animal Rights

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    HSPCA and Prosecutors Won't Say How Rescued Dog Died

    The Houston SPCA and Galveston County District Attorney's are not revealing the fate of a dog whose former foster believes overheated and died during a highly publicized seizure in Santa Fe last month. Susan Culver says the dog's death was disclosed at a September court hearing to decide what to do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Undercover Investigation Reveals Alleged Mistreatment at Monkey Lab

    An undercover investigation of a major primate research lab in San Antonio revealed a pattern of mistreatment of its monkeys, including death, injury, overcrowding, and lack of medical care, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization claims that a five-week investigation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Local PETA Ad Features Death Row Pigs Over "Death Penalty Capital"

    In a fresh taunt to local drivers, animal rights group PETA is set to aim a two-pronged blow by billboard at Texan meat-eaters. Capitalizing on the state's reputation as the "Death Penalty Capital of the World," PETA's newest billboard overlooking Interstate 45 near Hutchins Street and St. Joseph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    PETA's Autism Lies and the Pet Blood On Their Hands

    Got Autism? PETA has answers for you. Well, if you like your medical advice to be lacking scientific validity, that is. You see, back in 2008, while PETA was off busying themselves with compiling violent slaughterhouse videos and purchasing Costco-sized containers of red paint for dousing people in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    PETA Stages Protest Downtown By Dressing Model in Collard Greens

    Today at noon, the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took their message in support of a vegan diet to the streets of downtown Houston. Two PETA members planted themselves (pun intended) at the corner of Milam and Congress and proceeded to dress a volunteer model in a floor-l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

    The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against "soring" -- hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait. The barbaric practice, which we'll describe in a moment, was barred by legisla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Donkey Basketball: Animal Abuse, or Harmless Fun for Jackasses?

    The Humane Society of the United States is calling foul on a Montgomery County official's donkey basketball fundraiser February 11. For the non-rednecks out there, donkey basketball is just what it sounds like: people playing basketball while riding donkeys. Hilarious, right? Charlie Riley, the pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Animal Welfare Group Plans to Protest Great Bull(shit) Run

    On January 25, idiots will descend upon Baytown's Royal Purple Raceway to run with a bunch of bulls for some reason -- we're not really sure why, exactly -- and the University of Houston Law Center's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to be there protesting. Although the Great Bull Run, LLC's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    PETA Takes Issue With French Fry-Stuffed Burrito At Taqueria Arandas

    Last week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to Judy Camarena, the president of Arandas Franchises, asking that the popular Tex-Mex chain Taqueria Arandas create a vegan version of its new french fry-stuffed El Mateo burrito, which was given away for free on Sunday at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Rachael Ray Serves Up Big Bucks to Citizens for Animal Protection

    Citizens for Animal Protection has won $40,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge, a national contest where animal shelters try to raise their adoption numbers to win much-needed grant money. CAP "found homes for 1,807 pets during the three-month competition, an increase of 625 lives saved over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    So You Have 51 Animals in Your Rented Home, Claim to Run a No-Kill Shelter, and You Write Notes to Your Dead Veterinarian? Nah, No Reason to Think Those Animals Aren't OK!

    Last month, Almita Flores of Houston found a gorgeous yellow lab. She says she posted flyers in her neighborhood, as well as a notice on Craigslist, but never heard from anyone claiming to be the owner. After two weeks, she says, the dog -- who she decided to call Max -- got out of her gate, only to ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    The "Ag-Gag" War: Big Ag Declares War on Whistleblowers

    Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.

  • News

    May 16, 2013

    Open Season: Do Laws Against Animal Crushing Videos Violate Free Speech?

    Ashley Nicole Richards, who filmed herself torturing and killing kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, was the first person brought up on revised federal crush-video charges -- which backfired magnificently.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Annise Parker Running From Her Promise To Increase Spay-Neuter Programs, Critics Say

    Three Houston animal rescue groups are accusing Mayor Annise Parker of going against a plan to tackle animal overpopulation she came up with in 2007, when she was still the city's controller. Calling themselves Unity for a Solution, the groups -- Corridor Rescue, Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Proj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Put the Panic on Hold: The DA's Office Will Still Prosecute Animal Cruelty Cases

    Houston animal advocates have notified Hair Balls about a recent post by animal law specialist Clarissa Kay Bauer that suggests new District Attorney Mike Anderson has all but relegated animal cruelty cases to the trash heap, but this does not appear to be the case. From what the office's spokeswom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    UTMB Pays Fine in Animal Welfare Act Allegations

    Three University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston employees have been fired, and the university has agreed to pay $9,143 relating to allegations of Animal Welfare Act violations. Under the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the university did not admit or deny any wrong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Ever Wonder if Your Kid's Teacher Runs a Puppy Mill in Her Spare Time?

    A former grade school teacher has been charged with animal cruelty after sheriff's deputies and SPCA workers seized 106 abused and neglected dog from her East Texas home Monday. The dogs were allegedly "forced to live in their own filth inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked home on the property" near ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2012

    Retired Lab Chimps Pressed Back Into Service

    A San Antonio lab says primate research is necessary for curing diseases like AIDS and hepatitis. But what progress has really been made.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Galveston Cop Wins Humane Society Award for Busting Big Cockfighting Ring

    Galveston Police Sgt. Joel Caldwell has won an award from the Humane Society of the United States for his role in organizing a December raid of a facility that had 350 roosters raised for cockfighting. Caldwell was the first officer in Texas to make an arrest under a 2011 law banning the raising o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Dog Rescuers Shocked and Worried after Spindletop Dog Refuge Raid

    Dog rescuers throughout the country are worrying today over the fates of dogs they placed at the Spindletop Refuge in Willis, where authorities say hundreds of dogs were found living in their own waste in cramped, stacked crates, near a mass grave with an unknown number of bodies. The 298 dogs sei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Please Help Find Who's Killing, Mutilating Dogs in Crosby

    There has been a rash of gut-wrenching animal cruelty stories in Houston lately, and we're sad to add yet one more, this time dealing with a dumping ground of mutilated dogs in Crosby. Rhonda Heffernan, who's been involved in the rescue community for several years, launched a website to spread awar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Cal-Maine Egg Farm: Don't Look At This Video While Eating Breakfast

    You don't wanna know​If it's been too long since your last undercover-video-of-ghastly-animal-abuse fix, then check out the footage cited in this lawsuit concerning the Cal-Maine egg farm in Travis County. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Flying Fur: PETA Members to Protest on Black Friday

    Don't expect hot, naked protesters on Friday. Think about it if you like, but don't expect it.​When you are out picking up some toys for the tikes at the Galleria this Friday, you might see something besides chubby Santas and frustrated holiday shoppers. You might catch anti-fur protesters. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Bigmouth (AKA Morrissey) Strikes Again

    That's our Moz.​Former Smiths front man and staunch animal rights advocate Morrissey is raising some eyebrows with comments he made about the Chinese in a recent interview: "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    PETA Comes To Houston To Take On NASA

    Time for my radiation, guys​Commuters on the Gulf Freeway will get a new billboard to ponder sometime soon: "NASA: Takea Giant Leap for Mankind. Stop Torturing Monkeys," it will say.It comes courtesy of animal-rights group PETA, who we guess should get points for avoiding the "Houston, We Have A P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Minute Maid Park's Veggie Menu Gets PETA Love -- With A Side Order Of Carlos Lee Smack

    Put an Astros cap on this dude​The Astros have been dismally unexciting this year -- except when they're playing the equally inept Washington Nationals, it seems -- but they've got PETA on their side.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a group whose Venn diagram intersection wit ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2010

    Down on the Farm

    The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    The Battle Between Big Agriculture And The Humane Society

    Screencap via YouTube​For years, the Humane Society has been PETA's more well-behaved brother, getting giant corporations to support their gentle efforts to save animals.But now that the Society is taking on what it calls "factory farming," things are different. Food-growers are fighting back, boy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    PETA Searches for Sexy Vegetarians, Finds Two Living in Houston

    Photos courtesy of PETA​Now that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is over, those fun-filled folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have turned their attention to promoting sex, vitality and good muscle fiber among humans who do not eat meat. As part of PETA's national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    PETA Searches for Sexy Vegetarians, Finds Two Living in Houston

    Photos courtesy of PETA​Now that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is over, those fun-filled folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have turned their attention to promoting sex, vitality and good muscle fiber among humans who do not eat meat. As part of PETA's national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    The Mystery of the 14 Dead Dogs Dumped in North Houston

    ​The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering to help Houston investigators in the search for whoever dumped 14 dead dogs under a sheet in northeast Houston. KTRK reported Wednesday that the bodies of the dogs, mostly adult shepherd mixes, were found that day near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Much-Loved Veterinarian Fired by BARC

    Gil Costas, a part-time veterinarian at Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, was fired today for lack of state-mandated certification, Houston Health and Human Services Spokeswoman Kathy Barton told Hair Balls. The news was originally broken by Nicole Sica, editor of the animal-welfare b ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    BARC Sucks

    The city's animal shelter just can't get its act together

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Your Animals Are Probably Bitching About Ike, Too

    Because Ike (that bastard) has created more victims beyond the human variety, it’s important to keep our furry friends in mind. Fortunately, groups like the Houston Humane Society and the Houston SPCA have been keeping us apprised of the animal situation, and what folks can do to help out. First, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008
  • News

    July 24, 2008
  • News

    April 24, 2008

    Foreclosure Pets

    Dogs, cats and other household pets get left behind when owners are pushed out

  • News

    September 6, 2007

    Greyhound Racing

    Tracks and breeders struggle as attendance declines

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Monkey Business

    Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here

  • News

    August 24, 2006

    Hog Wild

    Feral pigs are ugly, destructive and mean. Some people in Texas just love to trap, stab or shoot them. Or put them in rodeos. With dogs.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2006

    A Buncha Bull

    Houston Humane Society The dogs had a choice of lying in a hot barrel or standing in flithy water. Lucky them. We've received a few terse e-mails about Monday's short post on the Chron's pit bull story. (Pit bulls are the spotlight on the paper's home page.) They all point out, correctly, that i ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    The Fido Solution

    The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people

  • News

    April 8, 2004

    A Dog's Life

    Is Mr. K's the best we can do? Would you wish it on your best friend?

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pet Store

    Houston SPCA

  • News

    November 7, 2002

    In the Doghouse

    An animal typically has three days before he leaves the city pound, dead or alive. What happens during that time continues to cause concern.

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Cinema Dog Daze

    Films fuel the fads for special pets -- then comes the fallout

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    A New Leash on Life

    Stray Houston mutts make it big in Marin, thanks to Allison and the HSPCA

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    The Great EscApe

    In two decades, Wally Swett's sanctuary has become a place of peace for primates - it's the humans that have him going bananas

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Ad-verse Reaction

    Is an animal rights billboard too explicit - or merely odious to the rodeo?

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