Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
In recent days, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a series of animal protection bills into law, including a measure to crack down on wildlife trafficking. It’s the latest example of policy makers and animal advocates teaming up to stop the killing of wild animals for small parts of their bodies, such as fins or . . .
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States elected not to hear an appeal by state attorneys general and governors aligned with Big Ag who were seeking to overturn California’s landmark egg sales law that stipulates eggs sold in the state must come from housing systems that do not severely confine laying hens. In practical . . .
Today, two lawmakers from Congressional districts with major horse hoofprints – Reps. Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. – introduced legislation to end any doping of Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, and Quarter horses in the business of pari-mutuel racing. This legislation seeks to launch a new era in the racing industry, which for decades has resisted . . .
The practice of slicing fins off live sharks and throwing them back into the water to bleed to death took a big hit yesterday when a key Senate committee passed a bill that would end any trade of shark fins in the United States. The Senate Commerce Committee passed the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, . . .
Yesterday, we worked alongside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to conduct the largest cockfighting bust in U.S. history, with a staggering 7,000 fighting roosters at a single location. Early yesterday morning, more than 100 deputies from the sheriff’s office, along with large contingents from the HSUS Animal Rescue Team, spcaLA, and the Los Angeles . . .
Last week, West Virginia law enforcement officials, with an assist from The HSUS, arrested Victor Zandlo and charged him with suspected abuse of dogs. It was a particularly vicious case of bestiality. Local rescue groups did their best to help all eight dogs in the house, but they were too late for one member of . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .