Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

There’s an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision late last week to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other operations regulated under the federal . . . 

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Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

Even with so much other political activity in Washington, it’s hard not to notice the anti-regulatory rhetoric streaming out of the White House and Congress in the new political setup, and wonder where the balance is. President Trump has frozen many new regulations, including one to crack down on horse soring (which the Obama administration . . . 

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BSL is Bad, Senseless Lawmaking

BSL is Bad, Senseless Lawmaking

Our fight against discriminatory, breed-specific legislation (BSL) is likely to gain momentum with a raft of states considering legislation to remove and prevent restrictions on pet owners keeping certain breeds and types of dogs. Dog experts and researchers – along with just about every reputable humane organization, from The HSUS to the ASPCA to the . . . 

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New polls show voters in key Midwest states – Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska – strongly oppose horse slaughter 

New polls show voters in key Midwest states – Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska – strongly oppose horse slaughter 

There was one particularly lucky and apolitical participant in the Trump inauguration – a horse named Jakar, once destined for slaughter, rescued by an animal advocate, and eventually taken on by the Cleveland Police Department for law enforcement work. Jakar, along with other members of Cleveland’s mounted police force contingent, marched in the streets of . . . 

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Mexico says ‘no mas’ to dogfighting

Mexico says ‘no mas’ to dogfighting

There’s a lot in the news about Mexico and our border with that populous nation to our south. While that discussion swirls, we continue to make steady progress on animal welfare in Mexico, even though our Humane Society International office there is still in its first year of operation. This week, Mexico’s Congress took one . . . 

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