Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it’s time to ban lead ammo, fishing tackle on federal lands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week announced a far-reaching, conservation-minded, and science-based action on the eve of the presidential inauguration – establishing a new policy to phase out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle by January 2022 on more than 150 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges and other agency lands . . . 

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Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

Bureaucratic bungling, rules freeze endanger horse soring rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s anti-horse-soring rule – put in motion after a damning 2010 Inspector General’s report identified deficiencies in the execution of the federal law against horse soring – is in peril despite the agency announcing final, favorable action on the issue just days ago. The trigger for the problem was bureaucratic bungling . . . 

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Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Political shots fired as American lawmakers renew war on wolves

Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive kill of the ecologically and economically beneficial native carnivores, but . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

In its final major action for animals – this one perhaps promising to improve the treatment for millions and millions of animals in the coming years — the Obama Administration today finalized a rule that clarifies and updates the requirements of the “organic” label, establishing clear and meaningful protections for farm animals raised under that . . . 

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After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

After years-long anti-soring campaign, USDA bans torture of walking horses

Pushed to act by a series of HSUS undercover investigations and a national campaign that attracted the support of more than 300 members of the U.S. House and Senate across the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced strict new rules to crack down on the barbaric practice of horse soring — the . . . 

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Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

Breaking news: A six-month reprieve for Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The Obama Administration has passed a flaming-hot coal to the Trump Administration – pushing to the incoming leadership at the Interior Department the decision to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears. Yesterday, news outlets reported that a Rocky Mountain region official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that the agency . . . 

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While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

While China cracks down on ivory trade, U.S. House sets up attack on Obama-era rules

China announced last week a timetable to shutter the ivory market in the world’s most populous country and the biggest trading post for elephant tusks, which are carved into decorative trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, and other household items and jewelry. The year-long phase-out, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, was a follow-up on . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, providing so much support and encouragement. For some, the compassionate . . . 

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Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

Grizzly bear fate likely to rest with Trump Administration

With just three weeks until the Obama team transfers executive power to the Trump Administration, the current leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running out of time to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections from the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Yet, with many leaders within the conventional wildlife . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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