Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

Cockfighters defy the law, and on national television no less

I am used to the nattering and claptrap of people who try to justify or excuse their acts of animal cruelty. They may dress it up as some kind of tradition, a personal right or freedom, a sort of social norm, or even an economic necessity. In addition to offering up their particular set of . . . 

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No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

Traveling home to their districts, members of Congress are hearing from riled-up constituents like never before – and right on the heels of a tremendously contentious election. On Capitol Hill, telephone lines are being overwhelmed repeatedly by the fresh concerns of Americans roused to action. In cities across the country, citizens are organizing, vowing to . . . 

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Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Congressional effort to allow killing hibernating bears and wolf pups in their dens moves to U.S. Senate

Last week’s vote on H.J. Res. 69 was one of the most disturbing actions by Congress I’ve witnessed during more than a quarter century of political advocacy for animals. By a 225 to 195 vote, a narrow majority of the U.S. House voted to rescind a rule from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) . . . 

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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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U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska

What the U.S. House of Representatives did today – actually a very narrow majority of the House – was shameful. Cruel. Callous. Venal. The vote in favor of H.J. Resolution 69, authored by Alaska’s Rep. Don Young, was 225 to 193. Those 225 members voted to overturn a federal rule – years in the works, . . . 

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Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

Urgent alert: Your help needed to stop Congress from sanctioning cruelty to wolves and grizzly bears on refuges in Alaska

Today, The HSUS launched a television advertising campaign to expose a hard-to-stomach and hard-to-comprehend effort in Congress to overturn a federal ban on the most inhumane and unsporting practices seen in the recent history of American wildlife management. This gambit involves the sanctioning, among other deplorable practices, of private citizens going into dens and killing . . . 

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More than 150 Republican and Democratic lawmakers urge president to stop cruelty to horses

More than 150 Republican and Democratic lawmakers urge president to stop cruelty to horses

Late last week, a bipartisan group of 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to President Trump, asking him to give final approval to a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that got sidetracked during the last days of the Obama administration. The rule was designed to fix serious deficiencies in the USDA’s existing . . . 

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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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Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

Time to end the era of aerial gunning of grizzlies, other wildlife

One of the most despicable acts against animals in contemporary times is the aerial gunning of wildlife – chasing down these animals in aircraft and then strafing them with bullets, mainly as a way to wipe out local populations and artificially boost populations of moose and caribou for hunters to shoot at a later time. . . . 

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Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Eight years after voters approved the landmark ballot initiative, and two years after the law took effect, a law enforcement agency today brought criminal charges against a California egg producer, Hohberg Poultry Ranch, in southern California, with 39 counts of violating Prop 2 and 16 other counts of violating the state anti-cruelty code. Specifically, the . . . 

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