Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

By on March 10, 2017 with 2 Comments
Airplane-aided hunting, contest killing, ag-gag, tigers in the backyard, and dogs in hot cars flare up in legislative debates across the nation

Legislative activity is furious at the federal and state level. This week, lawmakers introduced three new animal protection bills (banning the sale of dog and cat meat in the United States, creating a federal anti-cruelty statute, and outlawing the sale of shark fins). Next week, the U.S. Senate may take up H.J. Res. 69, or . . . 

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Animal protection is neither right nor left – but forward

By on March 9, 2017 with 0 Comments
Animal protection is neither right nor left – but forward

A couple months ago, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura adopted a puppy from the SPCA of Texas. In a Facebook post announcing the arrival of Freddy Bush, the 43rd president advocated for adoption: “If you could use a little extra joy in your life, consider adopting a pet from an animal . . . 

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Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

By on March 8, 2017 with 5 Comments
Ruthlessness of wildlife poaching and trafficking on display in Paris

It’s an alarming and revealing photo – a group of four game wardens in Kenya, guns in hand, surrounding a large adult male northern white rhino. That picture tells two stories: one revealing human avarice, but the other reminding us of human grace and resolve to stop the savage, serial killing of one of the . . . 

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Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

By on March 7, 2017 with 23 Comments
Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

If we are going to ask the rest of the world to end the era of dog- and cat-meat consumption, we have to establish a bright-line legal standard against the practice in the United States. We took one big step toward achieving that goal today by working with some of our strongest congressional allies. U.S. . . . 

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Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

By on March 6, 2017 with 6 Comments
Federal appeals court likely to doom hundreds of wolves in Wyoming

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Wyoming was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday, all but clearing the way for the state to allow an open season on the small population of wolves surviving in the state (only the wolves who . . . 

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Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

By on March 3, 2017 with 46 Comments
Trump’s interior secretary reverses ban on lead ammo on national wildlife refuges as his first official act

So much for sober-minded consultation, careful study of the data, and thoughtful analysis from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and other experts on his staff. Before the chair in his office was even warm, and just after he dismounted from his horse, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke undid a director’s order to phase out the . . . 

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Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

By on March 2, 2017 with 7 Comments
Federal court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

In an important ruling for dogs and a critical ruling for all animals protected by local and state laws, a federal appeals court today upheld New York City’s law restricting pet stores to selling only dogs obtained from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with a solid record of compliance with the . . . 

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My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

By on March 1, 2017 with 6 Comments
My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

On this blog, I write about urgent battles for animals, answer the critics and adversaries of animal protection, and comment on trends and major news in the world of animal protection. But I also see this as a platform for big thinkers who associate themselves with animal protection and the values that undergird it. On . . . 

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Breaking news: Guatemala passes omnibus anti-cruelty law, striking blow against wide range of practices

By on February 28, 2017 with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Guatemala passes omnibus anti-cruelty law, striking blow against wide range of practices

Guatemala, Central America’s biggest and most populous nation with more than 15 million people, has adopted one of the world’s most comprehensive anti-cruelty laws – an omnibus measure that, in addition to its basic anti-cruelty provisions, creates protections for wildlife, companion animals, animals used in research, and animals used in circuses. It bans animal testing . . . 

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Which path will the USDA choose: Transparency or a cover-up and collusion?

By on February 27, 2017 with 4 Comments
Which path will the USDA choose: Transparency or a cover-up and collusion?

The coalition of groups demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture restore inspection reports and violation notices called for under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act is growing at a rapid pace and strengthening its reach. Last week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader . . . 

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