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Arkansas poised to enact draconian ag-gag measure

Arkansas poised to enact draconian ag-gag measure

The attack on animals – and the people who defend them – isn’t just happening on the federal level. It’s happening in some important states, too. The Arkansas Senate yesterday approved a controversial state “ag-gag” bill that allows employers in Arkansas to sue workers who expose cruelty at their workplaces. It had passed the House . . . 

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HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

HSUS 2016 annual report: Transformational progress for orcas and elephants, farm and lab animals, and others

Today, we officially release our 2016 annual report. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of issues and challenges. Below, I’ve closely reproduced my President’s essay from the report. I’m proud to note that thanks to you, we grew our net assets by nearly . . . 

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The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

The United States needs a federal anti-cruelty statute

I’ll get to that matter, but some background first. In 2014, South Dakota became the 50th state to adopt felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty. That action puts an exclamation point on the notion that opposition to the worst forms of cruelty is a universal value in the United States and that people who commit such . . . 

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

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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Lawmakers target dog meat trade in the United States

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 court upholds New York City ban on puppy mill sales

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

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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Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

Stateside shelters help attack mass euthanasia, other animal problems in Puerto Rico

We launched our Humane Puerto Rico program two years ago because animals are in crisis in this long-neglected, populous part of the United States. One fact, among all others, stared us in the face: some shelters in the Commonwealth had a euthanasia rate of 95 percent. There was a broad recognition that if an animal . . . 

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USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

USDA bends to massive national campaign to restore animal care inspection reports

Nobody much likes what the U.S. Department of Agriculture did two weeks ago in purging thousands of inspection reports for the animal facilities and horse shows under its authority, and pledging not to post new reports on a go-forward basis. USA Today panned the action hard yesterday. Today, the Des Moines Register said it was . . . 

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Horse soring crowd conspires with USDA to bury vast trove of inspection reports

Horse soring crowd conspires with USDA to bury vast trove of inspection reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s jarring removal of thousands of Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act inspection reports from its website has caused anger among animal advocates, concern among many in the regulated industries who want to be able to show their clean records, and condemnation from opinion-leaders, lawmakers, and a wide range of . . . 

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