With the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry showing no willingness to root out the abuse festering in its ranks, the Obama Administration has signaled readiness to take further measures to crack down on the cruel practice of “soring.” Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent a proposed rule to update its existing Horse Protection Act . . .
I’ve written recently about two outrageous and closely related maneuvers in Oklahoma: the first, an effort by the farm lobby and its allies in the puppy mill and cockfighting domains to pass a sweeping and overreaching constitutional amendment by referendum to establish a “right to farm,” and the second, an effort in the state legislature to bar national animal . . .
Those running for President of the United States sure talk about Mexico a lot. So we figured we should too. Humane Society International opened an office in Mexico City last week, hosting a well-attended event that brought together legislators, food companies, government officials, celebrities, and local organizations. We have an office in Canada, and we . . .
Trainers and owners in the “Big Lick” segment of the Tennessee Walking horse show world are addicted to injuring horses and breaking federal and state laws against animal cruelty in order to win ribbons at major horse shows. For evidence of that, look no further than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest test results from . . .
President Obama goes to the well of the U.S. House tonight to deliver his final State of the Union Address, making the case for his presidency and forecasting what’s ahead for his final year in office. While the country may be fractured on many of the ideas the President advances, there’s one set of issues . . .
We live in an incredible nation – a nation, like the others, still a work in progress. Think of it as a body bearing more than a few scars from past travails and battles, and one with its share of open wounds. And think of it as a country full of fault lines, and, as the . . .
This year, we helped secure an extraordinary series of gains in the federal policy-making realm — gains ushered in by Congress and federal executive agencies. More broadly, the government banned the use of chimps in experiments, saw new rules to protect elephants against the ivory trade, established new protections for African lions from American trophy hunters, . . .
EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » Looking back on 2015, think Cecil, Ringling, McDonald’s and Walmart, the National Institutes of Health, the FBI, the European Union, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. . . .
Every weekday, on A Humane Nation, I share news and analysis about the work of The HSUS and its affiliates, and comment on the broader issues in society relating to animal protection. Given the growth in awareness, and the enormous public engagement with animal welfare, there’s a fever pitch on our issues, with breaking news . . .
Breaking News: Omnibus Bill Bars U.S.-Based Horse Slaughter, Tosses Out Language to Remove Federal Protections for Wolves and Elephants
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, released early this morning and set for final action in the House and Senate later this week, turned out extraordinarily well for animal protection advocates. The negotiations were led by Senate leaders Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Harry Reid, D-NV, and House leaders Paul Ryan, R-WI, and Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, along . . .