Here’s how to become an animal advocate in your state and why it’s important

By on January 28, 2022 with 0 Comments

The road to a more humane and just society for animals is paved by many hands and hearts doing many different kinds of work: Sheltering and finding loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals in local communities; tending to sick and injured animals, from those who share our homes to those who roam, swim or fly free; and, teaching the next generation what it means to widen the circle of compassion beyond our own species.

Yet creating a more humane society also requires work at the heart of society’s most fundamental expression of its values: Law and public policy shape what is and is not permitted when it comes to the treatment of our fellow creatures. By passing strong animal protection laws, and defeating proposals that would harm animals, we take some of the most meaningful steps in ending cruelty at its source.

This is where our unique network of state directors comes in.

Living and working in 35 states across the U.S., Humane Society of the United States state directors have been described as the tip of the spear of the largest and most effective animal protection organization. They are boots on the ground, each one steeped in the unique cultural, social and political landscape of his or her state. Passionately dedicated to advancing our mission to fight for all animals, they represent the interests of animals in state capitols, wildlife agency meetings, local municipal hearings and other halls of power. They’re master relationship-builders who draw on their vast and diverse networks to move the needle for animals in their state.

Recent victories around the country demonstrate the power of the state director model. Of course, none of our state directors succeed alone; they depend on the help and support of dedicated advocates in their state—people just like you who care about animals and want to help create the more humane society they deserve.

Here are some examples of what our state directors and their networks of activists have recently achieved:

Unstoppable and determined, both at the state and local level, HSUS state directors are leading the charge to shutter institutionalized cruelty, from the puppy mill industry to the factory farming industry, for good. When you volunteer to help these efforts for animals, you can expect training in legislative advocacy and support to take meaningful actions in your state—actions like lobbying your state and local lawmakers, submitting written comments or even testifying at a hearing. Many of these actions can be taken from the comfort and safety of your own home, which means our volunteers have made meaningful progress for animals even through the pandemic.

Julie Gray, a humane policy volunteer leader in Indiana, reflecting on the meaning of this kind of volunteer work in her life, said that she’d “always wanted to advocate for animals, but as just one person, it seemed overwhelming. What are the most urgent issues? Which legislators should I talk to? What are the most persuasive arguments I could use? It’s especially hard to answer those questions on a state level,” she said. “The HSUS policy volunteer program really helps. And it’s a great—and fun—way to connect with like-minded people.”

Even an hour or so a month of volunteered time can make an enormous difference for animals. Find out here if your state has an HSUS state director, and learn how to get involved. Make 2022 the year you and your state director make an ever-greater impact for animals, right where you live.

Follow Kitty Block on Twitter @HSUSKittyBlock.

To save wolves, the US government must act now 

By on January 27, 2022 with 0 Comments
To save wolves, the US government must act now 

We are fighting hard right now for wolves with legal petitions, lawsuits and lobbying pressure designed to protect this most besieged wildlife species. This is a perilous time as one state after another has surrendered to trophy hunters and special interest groups seeking to kill wolves. At . . . 

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Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

By on January 25, 2022 with 0 Comments
Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

Today, we released the grisly findings of three undercover investigations into wildlife killing contests in Virginia, including the largest contest held east of the Mississippi River. The heartbreaking callousness and carnage our investigators saw at the weigh-ins of the three contests, which took place over . . . 

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Trophy hunters celebrate their kills in Las Vegas despite overwhelming public opposition

By on January 20, 2022 with 0 Comments
Trophy hunters celebrate their kills in Las Vegas despite overwhelming public opposition

A new poll shows that more than 75% of Americans oppose trophy hunting, and 82% oppose the trophy hunting and import of African lions and elephants, both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Notwithstanding this evidence of public opposition to trophy hunting, a . . . 

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Colorado lawmakers are trying to save wild cats by banning trophy hunting

By on January 19, 2022 with 0 Comments
Colorado lawmakers are trying to save wild cats by banning trophy hunting

Earlier this month, an emaciated mountain lion found his way into a condominium complex in Vail, Colorado. Images show a very scared, skinny cat with light spots, indicating that he was still very young and not old enough to survive on his own. This mountain . . . 

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Breaking: 110 dogs saved from slaughter arrive in Canada to find homes

By on January 13, 2022 with 0 Comments
Breaking: 110 dogs saved from slaughter arrive in Canada to find homes

After a harrowing start in the world, more than 100 dogs once destined for slaughter are starting to arrive in Canada, at a temporary shelter run by Humane Society International/Canada, to start their search for new lives in loving forever homes. Each of these individuals . . . 

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How Petland is trying to keep puppy mills in business

By on January 12, 2022 with 0 Comments
How Petland is trying to keep puppy mills in business

Our fight to stop the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores is coming to a head in Florida, a state in which we’ve helped to pass over 80 local ordinances prohibiting those sales. A new bill in its state legislature, SB 994/HB 849, would void popular pet store ordinances recently enacted in Orange and Manatee Counties and . . . 

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Tiger King takeaway: It’s time to end big cat breeding and trafficking

By on January 11, 2022 with 0 Comments
Tiger King takeaway: It’s time to end big cat breeding and trafficking

The original “Tiger King” Netflix series was a pandemic phenomenon with a train-wreck fascination for millions of viewers and a whole cast of unsavory characters. But the sideshow weirdness of the personalities involved kept many viewers from focusing on the big cat industry’s epidemic of cruelty.  . . . 

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HSUS colleagues make it a special holiday season for sick puppies relinquished by New York pet store

By on January 6, 2022 with 6 Comments
HSUS colleagues make it a special holiday season for sick puppies relinquished by  New York pet store

The holidays were busier and happier in at least three HSUS households this season, as colleagues stepped up to care for three puppies relinquished by the American Kennels pet store in New York City. The relinquishments of Rocky, an Akita, Rosie, a Morkie and Pogo, . . . 

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Good news to start 2022: These new laws are now in place to protect animals

By on January 5, 2022 with 2 Comments
Good news to start 2022: These new laws are now in place to protect animals

We begin our work in 2022 encouraged by the knowledge that a handful of significant animal protection laws at the state level have now taken effect across the country. That makes for a great start to a year in which we hope to extend the . . . 

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How wild animals won against trophy hunters in 2021

By on December 30, 2021 with 3 Comments
How wild animals won against trophy hunters in 2021

Every year that passes sees hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world killed by trophy hunters, whose main motivation is to display whole animals or their body parts for bragging rights. Given all the threats facing wild animals, including . . . 

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Major progress for animals in laboratories in 2021 signals a more humane future

By on December 29, 2021 with 1 Comment
Major progress for animals in laboratories in 2021 signals a more humane future

The world is moving toward a future dominated by sophisticated methods that use human cells, tissues and organs, 3D printing, robotics, computer models and other technologies to create approaches to testing and research that do not rely on animals. These methods are often faster, less . . . 

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