Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

Trump should support reasonable federal regulations, not crony capitalism

Yesterday, I got a lift to the Portland (Oregon) airport, took a cross-country flight to National Airport, and jumped in a cab to head home, hugging my dog and scratching my cat’s head for a good long time after walking through the door. Long-distance travel is a matter of routine for many of us now, . . . 

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Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

Gains to limit animal research and testing in 2016

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, as part of our commitment to all animals, we put our shoulder into the moral and scientific problems of using animals in research and testing. In doing this work, we follow the framework of the Three Rs – refining, reducing, and replacing the use of animals. That approach . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

Top 10 gains for dogs, cats, and horses in 2016

Companion animals are a great source of joy in our lives, in this and every season, and their welfare is a core priority for The HSUS. We celebrate the human-animal bond, and we work to uphold it in every possible way, for our pets as for other animals. Here’s an account of key achievements for . . . 

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Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

Polar bears in the crosshairs of denial and greed

For years, a small band of lawmakers in Congress – every one of them aligned with Safari Club International – has remained obsessed with securing a rider to allow 41 Americans to import the heads of polar bears they shot some years ago in Canada. Unable to import the heads because of federal animal protection . . . 

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Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Since Donald J. Trump’s electoral college win in the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk from him and from Republican leaders in Congress about rolling back federal rules and even repealing some existing statutes. If animal protection policies are targeted, we’ll be ready to play defense and fight off attacks on our nation’s . . . 

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Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

At The HSUS, we don’t work only to pass laws but also to enforce them. And one of the best enforcement tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of lawsuits and legal petitions in support of our major campaigns. The HSUS legal team also drafts state . . . 

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Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

Ohio lawmakers crack down on cockfighting, bestiality, but give puppy mills a pass

In Ohio, last night, it was the best of times and the worst of times. As the state legislature closed in on the end of its lame-duck session, state lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that became a veritable Christmas tree of issues, including three key animal-related measures (two of them very good and . . . 

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Redux on wolves in Michigan

Redux on wolves in Michigan

One of the most disturbing and sobering examples of the misuse of political power comes out of Michigan – and it has nothing to do with the astonishingly close presidential race of 2016. It concerns the unusual, years-long obsession of a few lawmakers who want to clear a path for trophy hunters and commercial trappers . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include four blogs covering a bill signing or a final rulemaking . . . 

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