Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

Trophy hunter slays son of Cecil

This week, Vietnam agreed to the rescue and relocation of 1,000 bears who live on bear farms. These Asiatic sun bears are held in deplorable settings and “milked” in extraordinarily inhumane ways for their bile (used in tonics and in traditional Chinese medicine). The shut-down of this industry is a big moment in the global . . . 

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Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

Breaking news: Key Senate committee says ‘neigh’ to reopening U.S. horse slaughter plants

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee – whose members constitute nearly a third of the entire chamber – voted with nary a controversy in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening in the United States. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the bipartisan effort, with fellow committee . . . 

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State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

To its credit, the California Senate Judiciary Committee stopped a bill to expand the state tax on cattle and dairy farmers to the tune of millions of dollars – a plan to put the funds into a “commission” that would be authorized to use the money for lobbying against animal welfare and family farmers. The . . . 

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Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

Congressional attacks on wolves ramp up

It wasn’t enough that earlier this year a narrow majority of lawmakers in Congress targeted wolves and other native carnivores for destruction on 76 million acres of our national wildlife refuges in Alaska. Now, they are expanding that fight to National Park Service lands in Alaska – another 20 million acres, where they want to . . . 

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Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

Breaking news: Key House committee votes to reopen horse slaughter plants in U.S.

Today, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted narrowly to give the green light for the reopening of horse slaughter plants in the United States. There were 27 members of Congress who voted against the bipartisan amendment offered by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., to bar horse slaughter operations . . . 

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California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

Last week, a heat wave, in tandem with a lack of adequate housing and other safeguards for the animals, resulted in thousands of dairy cows perishing in the punishing heat of California’s Central Valley. It’s one of the worst weather-related incidents to strike dairy herds in recent memory, and rendering plants in California are so . . . 

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Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

Doping scandal adds to reputational issues for greyhound racing industry 

In Florida, the hub of a withering U.S. greyhound racing industry, regulators identified 12 greyhounds with cocaine in their blood at the Bestbet Orange Park near Jacksonville, according to The Washington Post and First Coast News. One trainer, Charles McClellan, handled all of the dogs, an incriminating fact pattern. Cocaine is just one of many . . . 

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Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

In late December 2015, Hawaii conservation officers found a dead bird the size of a small child buried in a nest on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and a stick next to the nest. Sadly, that marker was a faint indicator of a crime committed by a group of young men. Officers would later determine . . . 

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‘See you in court,’ The HSUS tells feds on grizzly bear plans

‘See you in court,’ The HSUS tells feds on grizzly bear plans

The HSUS, along with its affiliate the Fund for Animals, today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over its removal of federal protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. By taking away the “threatened” status for bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal . . . 

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Wounded warriors, heroic dogs working together

Wounded warriors, heroic dogs working together

Some 241 years ago, in Philadelphia, on a hot day in early July, the United States declared itself as a free and self-determining nation by adopting the Declaration of Independence. As the July 4 holiday approaches, it’s natural to look forward to parades, parties, and barbecues. But it’s also an opportunity to reflect upon the . . . 

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