The Humane League announces major victory with Sodexo

In February, Sodexo, Inc., a leading quality of life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, announced that it will eliminate the use of veal crates from its supply chain by 2017 and extend its previous commitments to source all of its eggs from cage free hens by the end of 2020.

The policy change was the result of an aggressive animal rights advocacy campaign facilitated by The Humane League, a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization with the mission to save as many animals’ lives and reduce as much animal suffering as possible.  

The Humane League’s Sodexo campaign was the organization’s single largest victory to date improving the lives of 750,000 hens each year once the policy is in place. Working to effect change at the both the individual and institutional levels, The Humane League’s data-driven, cost-effective strategies are designed to raise awareness of the cruelties of many modern agribusiness practices and improve the welfare of billions of farmed animals currently within the factory farm system. With Sodexo’s broad geographic scope, the changes initiated by The Humane League pave the way for the entire industry to follow suit.

“The Humane League may be a smaller nonprofit organization, but we have a big impact on the farming industry and facilitate system-wide change,” says David Coman-Hidy, executive director of The Humane League. “We are very proud that our organization can make major changes at some of the world’s largest food corporations with limited financial investments driving our national campaigns. The Humane League has built a strong grassroots presence via our national network of regional organizers who engage local activists and rally student support on campuses. This gives us an exceptionally large reach for such a small organization.”

The Humane League’s advocacy strategies are guided by research and refined by a focus on bottom-line results and accountability. Programs are data-driven and informed by the latest research within social psychology. Given the enormous scope of factory farming, The Humane League prioritizes enacting far-reaching changes as cost-effectively and quickly as possible. In-house research by the Humane League Labs, a research project of The Humane League, guide which messages, images, and approaches inspire the most dietary change and spare the greatest number of farmed animals.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 9 billion land animals are raised in the United States every year for meat, milk, and eggs, and most of them have little or no legal protection. These animals represent more than 95 percent of the animals used and killed in the United States each year, and because they are largely excluded from anti-cruelty laws, they suffer intensely on today's factory farms. The vast majority are subject to intense confinement where they are denied most basic behaviors and are frequently unable to spread their wings, stretch their limbs or turn around. In addition to welfare issues, factory farms have significant environmental and human health implications due to overcrowding and improper and insufficient waste disposal.

The 280 million chickens raised for egg production are arguably the most abused animals within agribusiness as they endure severely overcrowded, barren battery cages for virtually their entire lives. Battery cages are tightly confined spaces no larger than a sheet of paper that impede hens from spreading their wings or engaging in any of their natural behaviors. This outdated agricultural practice is so cruel that it is already illegal in the entire European Union and several states in the United States.

In recent years, The Humane League has actively targeted this issue by working closely with corporations and universities to boycott farms that use cage systems in an effort to enact broad policy changes from these companies. Through The Humane League’s campaigns, recent victories include commitments from Ikea, Au Bon Pain, Centerplate, Delaware North Companies, and Starbucks Coffee, among others.  

“Because of The Humane League’s anti-confinement campaigns, many top foodservice companies and retailers, some who operate across the globe, are now committed to ending their support of facilities that confine egg-laying hens to battery cages and mother pigs to gestation crates,” adds Coman-Hidy. “More corporations are increasingly seeing these anti­confinement policies as an inevitable shift in the right direction, The Humane League will continue to aggressively advocate on behalf of farmed animals.”

The Humane League is a leading national nonprofit animal advocacy organization with the mission to save as many animals’ lives and reduce as much animal suffering as possible. Founded in 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Humane League works to end the worst cruelties of modern factory farming and also encourages reduced meat consumption through public education, outreach, and corporate advocacy campaigns. The Humane League has offices in the greater metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Maryland, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, and San Francisco. Offices will be opened in Denver and San Diego in 2015. Funding is made possible through private grants and tens of thousands of supporters across the globe. The organization has ranked as "Best in America" by the Independent Charities of America and named a "Top Charity" by the charity navigator Animal Charity Evaluators for three consecutive years. For more information visit

Top 10 Workout Songs for March 2015

This month's top 10 workout songs cover a wide array of tempos and styles that will complement an equally diverse range of workouts. For low rep exercises that strengthen your body—crunches, weights and so on—you might start with one of the slower tracks from David Guetta or Flo Rida. For a cardio routine—running, ropes, and the like—consider one of the faster numbers from alt-rock favorites Bleachers or club stars Yellow Claw.

If the feel is more important to you than the tempo, there are tracks spanning 100-128 beats per minute (BPM) and a variety of genres. The mix includes the latest confection from Maroon 5, a remix of Big Data's crossover hit, and a collaboration between X Factor alumni Fifth Harmony & L.A. rapper Kid Ink.

There should be something here for every taste and routine. If you're looking for a few new songs to spruce up your existing mix, you're in luck. Alternatively, if you need a clean break, you can swap in this entire list—since it blends a variety of speeds and sounds that will get you moving and keep you guessing.

Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

After Treasured k9s rehabilitation rescued Jindo ready for adoption

Recently it’s become trendy for many rescue groups and individuals to rescue dogs from the South Korean meat market trade and adopt them to families in the United States. Many of these dogs have suffered unimaginable abuse and it is impossible to know how they will adjust to a home.  While there have been great success stories with some of the adoptions, there have been many that did not work out. Because most owners do not understand the breed, many of the dogs are surrendered to shelters where they are almost always euthanized. The lucky few, like Alex, end up in rescues that have the ability to rehabilitate them.

Alex’s story begins when he was separated from his mom and pack at a few weeks old. Alex spent the first weeks of life in a dirty crate; scared, filthy, sick and only skin and bones.

Craig Petronella, a U.S. Service member stationed in South Korea, discovered Alex and soon learned the puppy was living with his second abusive owner who no longer wanted him and was about to abandon him in the streets.
Dog meat traders routinely pick the easy target strays and Alex was nearly doomed for someone’s dinner plate. Mr. Petronella adopted Alex and brought him home to live with his wife, son and dogs in Virginia.

Craig’s wife Ines recounts: “When Alex came into our family he was very scared, always trying to get away from us or hide. Fast movements, noise, cars, trucks, people – pretty much everything scared him. If he couldn't hide, he tried to attack.”   Ines witnessed Alex fearfully shutting down countless times.  Out of the blue, he would start to shiver, press his eyes tightly shut, push his trembling body against the ground and sit paralyzed in fear.

As Alex grew, he began to protect himself by becoming fearfully aggressive. The Petronellas consulted an animal behavior consultant who explained that Alex had suffered such severe psychological trauma that he required a more experienced home to recover.

Ines contracted Treasured k9s, the only non-profit rescue dedicated to Jindos on the East Coast and was relieved to find a group that was experienced in rehabilitating the breed.

“When I received Ines’s email, I knew exactly what Alex needed and that Treasured k9s was his only hope”, says Kristen Edmonds, founder of Treasured k9s. 

Alex was only eight-months-old and was at a prime age to learn to overcome his fear issues, build his confidence and learn to trust people. Treasured k9s has built a reputation on taking in, rehabilitating and successfully adopting dogs with behavioral challenges other rescues would simply give up on. 

“We do not seek out these cases but they seem to find their way to us”, says Ms. Edmonds. Treasured k9s is fortunate to have a long standing relationship with Jeff Kolbjornsen, a New York-based dog behaviorist.  Initially, Treasured k9s estimated Alex would need 2 months of rehabilitation with Mr. Kolbjornsen. After his evaluation, they realized the process would take much longer. 

 “When Alex first arrived at our center he was extremely fearful of me, had no training skills at all, and had a huge fear of the leash and collar that he was required to wear for training. The degree to which Alex bucked, screamed, and tried to get away by trying to bite was one of the more severe fear-induced demonstrations that I have seen,” says Mr. Kolbjornsen. 

Clearly, rehabilitating Alex was going to be a challenge.  Building trust with a dog who has such innate fearful behaviors requires a lengthy socialization period with the training handler as well as a long term, methodical desensitization process.

The rehabilitation process stretched over a 6-month period of daily socialization and rehabilitation which cost Treasured k9s over $20,000. Alex has progressed and plays very well with other dogs, is much more at ease with meeting new people, obeys commands, and understands his role and hierarchy in human relationships.

Currently in a foster home, Alex is ready for adoption into a household willing and capable of providing him routine, structure and rules. 

“My goal is to place Alex with an owner who is calm, observant, and firm. Alex requires patience not dominance,” said Ms. Edmonds. “Alex is proof that even the most difficult cases can and should be rehabilitated and given a second chance.” 

Treasured k9s is a 501(c)(3) dog rescue organization specializing in rescuing and rehabilitating Korean Jindo dogs. For more information on our Jindos awaiting forever homes and how you can help, please visit

Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

Remixes rule in this month's workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these uptempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum.

Songs getting a makeover include the latest from from Gwen Stefani, a club anthem from David Guetta, and the three way collaboration between Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Pitbull. Meanwhile, the other half of this month's list includes a Taylor Swift song you might recognize from a Target commercial, a Fall Out Boy track that pays tribute to a scene from Pulp Fiction, and the follow-up to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne's breakthrough hit "Rather Be."
By combining new music from Top 40 regulars and updated versions of recent hits, this month's list strikes a fine balance between fresh and familiar sounds--both of which will come in handy when you're ready to get moving.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.
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Actress hosts podcast with celebrity friends and animal advocates

Elaine Hendrix
The Pet Matchmaker today announced the launch of a series of free weekly podcasts set to begin on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The Podcast is hosted by the organization’s founder, Elaine Hendrix, who is best known for her roles in Disney's The Parent Trap, SNL'sSuperstar and the cult classic Romy & Michele's High School Reunion. She will star alongside Denis Leary in the new FX comedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Rollthis summer.

THE PET MATCHMAKER...with Elaine Hendrix is a fun, feisty and furry podcast hosted by award-winning actress and animal advocate Elaine Hendrix, along with a kennel-full of her celebrity friends, fellow pet lovers and animal experts.

“I couldn’t be more excited to team up with Sideshow Network for The Pet Matchmaker Podcast,” said Ms. Hendrix. “It combines two of my favorite things: performing and animals. We’re gearing up for fun, exciting shows that will keep pet-centric people up-to-date on the latest news in the animal protection world and pet industry and leave listeners educated, entertained and inspired. We also want to hear from the listeners and find out what’s on their minds. After all, who would want to miss one of our weekly cocktail recipes to celebrate our pets!”

Each show will run approximately 45 minutes and contain an array of features such as Stages & Cages, Non-profit of the Week, Pet Rescue Rockstars andAll-star Animal Advocates. “Everywhere I go I meet people who love animals. Whether I’m on a film set or at the dog park. Over the years I have the opportunity to build connections with animals lovers of all types from celebrities to leaders of non-profit organizations, veterinarians, animal trainers and behaviorists, dog groomers, and pet psychics—all using their skills in a unique way to help animals,” said Ms. Hendrix. “I’m excited to bring my friends together for a lively conversation about our favorite topic—animals!”

Ms. Hendrix will be joined on-air by her 'sidekick' and best friend, Dr. Antonio Brown, a Hollywood writer/producer and animal lover. 

The podcast launches on February 17, 2015 with guests Bill Crowe, Director of the Pet Care Foundation and actress, comedian, writer and film producerLisa Ann Walter. Future shows include:

February 24, 2015: Nikki Carvey Founder, Road Dogs & Rescue and actor David Faustino, best known for his role as Bud Bundy on the FOX sitcomMarried... with Children

March 3, 2015: Randy Grim, Founder, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, best known for her role as vampire Pamela Swynford De Beaufort on the HBO television series True Blood

Other anticipated celebrity guests (pending schedules) include: Elizabeth Gillies, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Kelly, Margaret Cho, Joanna Krupa, and Andy Dick.

Other guests (pending schedules) will include:
  • Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist and host of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet and co-author of the New York Times bestseller,Catification
  •  Stephen Wells, President of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
  •  Alex Hershaft, co-founder of the U.S. animal rights movement and founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
  •  Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States
  •  Andy Gil, businessman, conservationist and animal activist
One new episode will be released every Tuesday (ongoing) and is downloadable via and/or

About Elaine Hendrix
Elaine Hendrix is an award-winning actress and animal advocate best known for her roles in Disney's The Parent Trap, SNL's Superstar and the cult classicRomy & Michele's High School Reunion. In addition to her 100+ acting credits, has a full-time second career rescuing, adopting, volunteering, lobbying, protesting, speaking, writing, building habitats and more, all on behalf of animals, everywhere. She is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her rescue dogs, canines: Rossmore and Ellie and felines: Kimbo and Goodie Cornbread. Hendrix will star alongside Denis Leary in the new FX comedy, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll this summer.

About The Pet Matchmaker
The Pet Matchmaker was founded by award-winning actress and animal advocate Elaine Hendrix with the mission of celebrating and inspiring the rescue, foster and adoption of homeless pets everywhere.

NBC to air special celebrating shelter dogs and animal adoption

Celebrity Animal Lovers Betty White, Lindsey Vonn, Bryant Gumbel, Emmylou Harris, and Bernadette Peters Lend Their Support 

NBC Owned Television Stations will premiere the new special Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport.  Long time NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host.  The show takes viewers along on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country and their endearing animals hoping to find forever homes.  Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport airs locally on NBC 4 New York on Saturday, February 21st @ 7:00 ET and on the NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes. 

“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”

Producing Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport is one way we can draw attention to the important issue of homeless animals and raise awareness to help them find loving owners and permanent homes,” said Meredith McGinn, Senior Vice President of LX.TV, the division’s lifestyle production company.

Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as Seniors, Pitt Bulls, Mutts and Tripods – three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates based on very serious criteria like “lickability” and cuddle factor! Journalist and host of HBO’S Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel judge at Main Line Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania, teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA’s shelter in New York City.  One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.

“Most importantly, they will all find permanent homes which is what they deserve,” added Rappaport.
"BLUE is a company founded on the incredible bond humans have with our pets,” said David Petrie, Vice President, Blue Buffalo Co.  “Over the years, we’ve helped place over 2.5 million pets in forever homes, and we look forward to a long and helpful future for years to come.”

Show sponsor Subaru has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes. 

"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."

The ASPCA estimates that of the 5 to 7 million pets left to shelters each year, approximately 3 to 4 million will never get out. Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport gives these discarded animals a second chance, and brings attention to the countless abandoned pets worthy of adoption.

Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport will air locally on NBC 4 New York on Saturday, February 21st @ 7:00pm ET and on the NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Tune in to support the adoption of these undeniably loveable dogs.

About NBC Owned Television Stations
NBC Owned Television Stations, part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, includes 11 local broadcast television stations and a regional cable news channel serving the largest markets in the nation, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Washington, D.C., Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Connecticut as well as Puerto Rico. The stations produce and broadcast more than 17,000 hours of local news and information programming and enterprise journalism each year that is important and relevant to the communities they serve, across multiple online, social media and digital out-of-home platforms. The division also operates COZI TV (, a national network that brings viewers some of America’s most beloved and iconic television shows and hit movies, as well as the lifestyle production company, LX.TV, and the in-house marketing and promotions company, NBCUniversal Skycastle.

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