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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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In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

Just this week, I reported on our progress toward a federal dogfighting ban in Mexico and the shutdown of a major dog meat trading and slaughter hub in South Korea. Our work abroad is expanding at a rapid and ambitious pace, as we continue to apply the skills, resources, and approaches that have made our . . . 

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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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The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

The HSUS and affiliates provided hands-on care to nearly 300,000 animals in 2016

At The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County, the staff treats a wide range of native animals who are in some kind of trouble. But when a call came in from a hiker who claimed to have found a sick bald eagle in the woods, their bat ears and their skepticism went . . . 

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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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Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

Major wildlife gains in 2016 for captive marine mammals, carnivores, and elephants

The HSUS and Humane Society International are the rare humane organizations with very active and robust wildlife protection programs. We fight for species and habitats, but also against cruelty to individual wild animals, whether scarce or abundant. That latter instinct is what leads us to challenge many uses of captive wild animals and also to . . . 

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Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Advancing the cause through many channels, including the courts

Journalist Marc Gunther’s detailed profile of The HSUS and me in the current issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights our aggressive yet mainstream approach to driving transformational change for animals over the last decade. The HSUS and its affiliates have fortified the legal framework against cruelty, set the nation on a trajectory to end . . . 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy birthday to The HSUS

Yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of The HSUS’s incorporation. The organization, founded in 1954, has changed the political, cultural, and economic landscape for animals in the United States and abroad. We’ve got so much more work to do, but this holiday is a good time to reflect on what we’ve done together, and to give . . . 

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Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Wolf-killing plans stir in lame-duck session of Congress

Nobody eats wolves. If you’re a meat eater, it’s one thing to hunt deer or some other wild animals and consume them. It’s another matter to go on a head-hunting exercise, or just kill for the thrill of it. In the lame-duck session of Congress, there is a big move afoot to eliminate federal protections . . . 

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