Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry and Jason Mraz will ‘Rock the House for Animals’ in livestream concert to
Tonight, in a wonderful gesture of support for our lifesaving work, some of America’s most talented songwriters—Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry and Jason Mraz—will join forces for a one-of-a-kind benefit concert, Rock the House for Animals.
The concert, which will livestream on HumaneSociety.org, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch beginning 8 p.m. eastern time (with a preshow at 7 p.m.) is a benefit for the Humane Society of the United States, in partnership with Sidewalk Angels Foundation, founded by Marisol and Rob Thomas, to support critical work for all animals, including help for pets and people affected by the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis for the companion animals who share our hearts and homes. With so many Americans facing the risks of illness and unemployment, many pet parents are concerned about being able to afford basic care for their beloved animals. We are working harder than ever to make sure that these animals stay in loving homes and out of shelters (which have their own challenges at this time).
The artists will each perform from their homes, and the event will feature interviews, a Q and A with fan questions and appearances by special friends of Rob and Marisol Thomas. HSUS board member Georgina Bloomberg will interview Marisol about her work for animals. You will also see Laura Brown, editor-in-chief of InStyle magazine, and me discussing the effects of the coronavirus crisis on animals and people who care about them.
All of us here at the HSUS are tremendously excited about the concert, which our incredible Special Events team and our partners have planned and finalized in a dizzyingly short amount of time. The animals are in need right now, and there’s no time to waste.
We are also truly moved by the love these performers have for animals and their commitment to our cause. As Rob, a longtime friend of the HSUS, says, “animals are everything to our family.” He and Marisol have two rescue dogs whom he describes as “our life.” Their charity Sidewalk Angels Foundation, provides support to more than 20 animal shelters and rescues across the United States.
“It is deeply important for us to do what we can during this critical time and help support keeping animals with their families,” Chris says.
I am looking forward to your participation and support at the concert tonight. Mars Petcare, the world’s leading pet nutrition and health care business, has generously pledged to match the first $100,000 in funds raised during the concert. The grant funds, provided through Mars’ BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, will be administered by the HSUS to help eliminate pet homelessness.
I, for one, can’t wait to Rock the House for animals. In the face of so much bad news in the world, music and animals have the power to bring us all together, lift our spirits, renew our resolve and make us smile. I hope I will see you there.
Published at Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:00:25 +0000
California’s law bans the extreme cage confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and veal calves within the state. It also bans the sale of products from these abused animals within California, no matter where the eggs, pork and veal were produced. Photo by Tigrane Boghossian Photography
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by the factory farming industry to overturn a landmark California law that’s the strongest farm animal protection law in the world.
The lawsuit dismissed yesterday by Judge Thomas Whelan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California was filed by lobbyists for the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. It was nearly identical to a lawsuit brought by another industry group, the North American Meat Institute, which represents industrial pork and veal factory farms. Last November, we and our allies defeated that group’s attempt to halt California’s law from going into effect.
California’s law bans the extreme cage confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and veal calves within the state. It also bans the sale of products from these abused animals within California, no matter where the eggs, pork and veal were produced. The Humane Society of the United States and our allies conceived and successfully put this measure on the state’s ballot in 2018 (as Proposition 12), and it passed with a nearly two-thirds majority in the state.
The law has resulted in a revolution in the treatment of egg laying hens. Largely as a result of Prop. 12, laws like it and consumer demand, egg producers are rushing to convert to cage-free facilities, guaranteeing that tens of millions of animals will never know the misery of cage confinement.
Other states have also moved to ban cage confinement in recent years. In 2016, Massachusetts citizens overwhelmingly approved Question 3, which largely mirrors Prop 12. Last year, we secured groundbreaking cage-free laws in Oregon, Washington and Michigan. And in the private sector, more than 200 companies have agreed to stop sourcing eggs and/or pork derived from extreme confinement systems.
But instead of encouraging producers to change with the times, the factory farming industry is asking them to spend their money on frivolous lawsuits that have little chance of success. They should recognize by now that the writing is on the wall: the public is demanding cage-free reform, and lawmakers and businesses are rushing to comply. There are fewer takers than ever before for the cruel and archaic factory farming practices of the past.
Published at Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:46:52 +0000