Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

Chris Christie throws lifeline to puppy millers in Midwest

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 . . . 

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Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that producers invoking the federal government’s label are honoring the standards. . . . 

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Time for British Columbia to end its disgraceful assault on grizzly bears

Time for British Columbia to end its disgraceful assault on grizzly bears

It’s an image that millions of people who’ve watched it won’t soon forget: a majestic grizzly bear thrashing in confused agony as she tumbles down a hill, her blood smearing the snow, while the men who shot her cheer at the misery and suffering they’ve delivered. An investigator might have filmed the horrible spectacle to . . . 

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Trump should leave national monuments alone

Trump should leave national monuments alone

It is unsettling that President Trump has called for a review of protected areas established by his predecessors under the Antiquities Act. Set-asides of the last, best places in the United States, both terrestrial and marine environments, has been a legacy for both Republican and Democrat presidents, and the Antiquities Act has been a critical . . . 

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Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

In a groundbreaking victory for countless dogs caught up in Mexico’s animal fighting trade, the nation’s Senate has put the final stamp of approval on a comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting in the country and establishes tough penalties, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities like organizing fights, owning or trading . . . 

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Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

The city council of the nation’s second largest city – and the capital of the entertainment industry – today unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks, and rentals for house parties or events. . . . 

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Cecil’s cousins under attack here in the U.S.

Cecil’s cousins under attack here in the U.S.

Imagine the terror. Without warning, a lion hears chaotic barking from a pack of dogs. The barking gets louder as the dogs close in on her. She runs in the opposite direction. The barking continues. Winded, she uses her extraordinary muscles and claws to climb a tree as nimbly and effortlessly as a squirrel, and . . . 

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Breaking news: Florida commissioners reject trophy hunt, spare bears for at least two years

Breaking news: Florida commissioners reject trophy hunt, spare bears for at least two years

In yet another dramatic turn in a long-running battle over contrasting views of proper wildlife management, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted by a 4-3 margin not to proceed with a black bear hunt in Florida. The especially good news is that the commissioners voted to maintain the moratorium through the end of . . . 

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The HSUS calls on the United States to stand tall and provide enhanced protections for giraffes

The HSUS calls on the United States to stand tall and provide enhanced protections for giraffes

What kind of person shoots a giraffe to obtain a trophy? How difficult is it to shoot the tallest animal in the world? Imagine seeing a creature this size crumple to the ground after a trophy hunter’s bullets tear through the beautiful, patterned fur markings and into the creature’s flesh? As the largest importer of . . . 

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Facebook killer may have had a history of animal abuse

Facebook killer may have had a history of animal abuse

The murder of Robert Godwin, Sr., with a shot to the face on Easter Sunday, jarred the nation. The perpetrator uploaded the encounter to Facebook for all to see, in an act that blended violence and vanity in the most macabre way. Steve Stephens opened his car door and picked his victim at random, gunning . . . 

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