Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

By on May 11, 2017 with 27 Comments
Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

First, on January 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) froze an anti-horse-soring rule, years in the works and with massive bipartisan support in Congress. Then, just days later, the agency, without warning, took down thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and Horse Protection Act violations from a searchable website. Third, the USDA placed . . . 

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New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

By on May 10, 2017 with 5 Comments
New HSUS report shows rampant puppy mill abuses throughout the nation

Take a good, hard look at our latest Horrible Hundred report – which is based on our research team scouring federal and state inspection reports of large-scale dog-breeding operations throughout the United States and giving a red card to some of the worst operators. It may be the last time you read a report like . . . 

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The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

By on May 9, 2017 with 20 Comments
The North Face, Timberland and other iconic American brands to ban fur, angora, and exotic skins

No more skin in the game. That’s the message from the parent company of more than two dozen popular clothing brands, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, and Nautica, which today announced it will cleanse its supply chain and all of its garments of animal fur, angora, and exotic leather. VF Corporation has partnered . . . 

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France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

By on May 8, 2017 with 2 Comments
France bans cetaceans in captivity, as Ringling wraps up its final shows this month

Last night, Ringling Bros. marked the beginning of the end as one of its two touring shows folded up its tents for the final time. The company’s final show will be May 21st. Ringling Bros. was not able to adapt quickly enough to the new, humane economy, and it made a decision to cut its . . . 

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The U.S. should end widespread doping of racing horses

By on May 5, 2017 with 7 Comments
The U.S. should end widespread doping of racing horses

The HSUS and its affiliates have worked to drive big changes to our society’s use of animals – with the forces of change effecting reforms in food and agriculture, animal testing, and entertainment sectors, among other areas. We’ve outlawed dogfighting and cockfighting throughout the United States. Greyhound racing is withering and in decline, as my . . . 

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Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

By on May 4, 2017 with 7 Comments
Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a morally inconsistent mess when it comes to animal welfare. Although in the past he’s signed important legislation to ban horse slaughter and to crack down on the ivory trade and the trade in trophies, among other positive actions, he’s also been a strong proponent of trophy hunting of . . . 

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Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

By on May 3, 2017 with 2 Comments
Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that producers invoking the federal government’s label are honoring the standards. . . . 

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Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

By on May 2, 2017 with 5 Comments
Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

Last week, the fast-food giant Subway announced a comprehensive plan to require that its chicken suppliers enhance the way they treat animals. Subway is the world’s largest restaurant chain, with more than 25,000 locations in the United States alone. Our Nine Billion Lives campaign to improve the welfare of chickens got even more wind in . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

By on May 1, 2017 with 22 Comments
Breaking news: Congress poised to pass spending bill that advances animal welfare in the nation

Last night, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on the details of a massive bill to fund the federal government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 (through September 30th), and it’s packed with good news for animal protection. Working with our allies in the House and Senate, we staved off several anti-animal-protection riders, held the . . . 

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Time for British Columbia to end its disgraceful assault on grizzly bears

By on April 28, 2017 with 5 Comments
Time for British Columbia to end its disgraceful assault on grizzly bears

It’s an image that millions of people who’ve watched it won’t soon forget: a majestic grizzly bear thrashing in confused agony as she tumbles down a hill, her blood smearing the snow, while the men who shot her cheer at the misery and suffering they’ve delivered. An investigator might have filmed the horrible spectacle to . . . 

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