Improve the Lives of Egg Laying Hens

Last week I received an email from HSUS urging people to write to their senator asking them to pass a bill, described here:

Recently, federal legislation to reform the egg industry and ban barren battery cages, S. 3239, was introduced in the U.S. Senate with a bipartisan group of original cosponsors. This bill (identical to H.R. 3798 introduced earlier in the House) will lead to major improvements in the treatment of 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production, essentially doubling the amount of space per bird, banning inhumane practices such as forced starvation molting, and requiring on-carton labeling so consumers know how hens are raised.

HSUS Improve the Lives of Egg Laying Hens
They included a link that made it very easy to send a message to NY Senator Schumer, so I did. Here is the message I received in response (probably automated, still very awesome):

Dear Ms. Shulze:

Thank you for your letter expressing your support of H.R. 3798, The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.  I share your concern for the welfare of animals and believe that it is necessary to protect them from unnecessary harm and cruelty.

Animal welfare is personally important to me. In past Congresses, I cosponsored several bills to protect companion animals: S. 714, the Pet Safety and Protection Act; S. 1880, which would make dog-fighting a federal crime; and S. 2439, which would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track animal-cruelty crimes nationwide.  I also strongly supported S.1076, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act; S. 3841, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act; and S. 850, which increases protection for sharks from the cruel practice of cutting their fins off and tossing the mutilated animals back into the ocean to die. I am happy to report that all three bills are now law.

In addition to protecting pets, I am also committed to promoting the safety and well-being of farm animals.  I have cosponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would make it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption.  Working with the Humane Society of The United States, I have pushed for increased funding to enforce laws which protect farm animals, including the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

Although I am proud of the accomplishments made on behalf of animal welfare so far, I am aware that there are still many animal welfare issues remaining to be addressed.  Rest assured that I remain strongly committed to protecting animal welfare.

As you know, H.R. 3798 has not yet been referred to the Senate for consideration but I will closely monitor this legislation as it makes its way through the Congress.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of further assistance on this or any other matter.

Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator

Pretty cool, huh! Click here to read the article on, and take action if you also want to improve the lives of egg-laying hens!

Ric, Movember, and Support Prostate Cancer Tshirt


Growing up, my father always told my brother and me that we could be anything we wanted. We could make money doing what we loved, if we strived to be the best at it. He was an advocate of pursuing your dreams. Still, I followed a more traditional career path for most of my life.

When I began designing graphic tees to benefit animals in need in 2007, I had big dreams, but it was just a hobby. My dad saw it differently. He wanted to be a part of it. He took off of work to come to meetings with me at a clothing manufacturer, even though I was in over my head and had no clue what I was doing. He even offered to be my sales rep, and suggested that he go door-to-door selling my tshirts. I thought he was crazy. I couldn’t afford to pay him anything and he had his own business to pay attention to. But I always kept the intention to include him as much as possible when I reached success.

I never got that chance. I lost my father to prostate cancer in March of this year. I changed the name of my line to his name, so that he will always be a part of this adventure. I believe he now helps me in ways he never could before.


Recently, I came across this movement called Movember. Here is their mission:

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Movember raises funds to support the following programs:

I absolutely love this idea and what it stands for. With so much awareness for breast cancer, prostate cancer gets a little lost in the mix. Throughout his battle with cancer, my dad attended monthly meetings by “Us Too“, an organization dedicated to prostate cancer education & support. Together, my brother and I designed this tshirt to help raise awareness for prostate cancer. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Us Too:

Support Prostate Cancer Unisex V-neck Tee Support Prostate Cancer Unisex Crew Neck Tee

So buy a tee, grow a moustache, and spread the word about Movember & prostate cancer to everyone you love! Happy Movember!

Last Hope’s Golden Whisker Society Aims to Increase Senior Adoptions

Recently, I was asked by my sister-in-law to design this logo for Last Hope‘s new Golden Whisker Society Senior Dog & Cat Adoption Program:

Golden Whisker Society at Last Hope

Below is the newsletter sent out regarding the program:

November is “Adopt a Senior Pet” Month and the perfect time for us to launch Last Hope’s senior pet adoption program, the Golden Whisker Society.  As we know, our town shelters are overflowing with homeless cats and dogs every day.  Removing any animal from that plight is rewarding; Doing so for an older cat or dog can be one of the more satisfying experiences of a lifetime.  No animal likes to be in a cage, alone and without companionship.  Older animals tend to suffer more, though, due to the stress of a major life-change at a time when their bodies are not as strong and their sensitivities high.   Many suffer physical pains and ailments that go untreated because they cannot tell anyone what hurts.  Most of them suffer broken hearts due to  the losses they have endured, having once been someone’s beloved pet and now finding themselves alone in a cage in a strange place. Many older animals languish in shelter cages for months, and even years, because most people look to adopt younger pets.  We are hoping to change this.  Our goal with our Golden Whisker Society is two-fold:  We aim to raise awareness of the incredible joy one can experience in adopting a senior pet by having our senior-pet adopters tell their stories here, and we hope to raise much-needed funding so that we can continue to take more amazing seniors out of the shelters and give them the medical attention they deserve and the comfort of the forever-homes they crave.

Please check back here often for our stories, and please consider donating to our cause. If you have ever adopted an older animal and want to share your story, just send us an email to to submit your story (and photo too!) and we can post your story here. For more information about the Golden Whisker Society contact Lucy at and Eileen at

We celebrate this month as Adopt a Senior Pet Month, but our Golden Whisker Society mission continues every single day throughout the year and beyond.  For as long as there are senior animals who need us, we will continue to find ways to help them.

Please support the Golden Whisker Society and spread the word to animal lovers in your circle!

Justin Bieber Launches Believe Charity Drive

It’s apparently all about Justin Bieber’s big heart lately….

Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe

In conjunction with the release of his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, Bieber also announced a new charity drive called Believe. He plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from his new album to this charity, and encourages others to donate as well. Specifically, he lists the following charities to benefit from the drive:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Pencils of Promise
  • Musicians on Call
  • Project Medishare for Haiti
  • City of Hope
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • The Grammy Foundation

He chose the above organizations due to “their emphases on education, youth well-being and music.” He says, “The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. You can … donate as little as one dollar, or even donate your time, because everything will make a difference. Please join me in our quest to raise millions of dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, Believe. I know that with your help we can make a change.”

Thanks for giving back, Justin!