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A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

The release earlier this week of the pending $1.1 trillion omnibus Congressional spending bill – bundling 11 separate spending bills together to fund the operations of government through September 2015 – reveals the tug and pull between Congress and the executive agencies on federal rulemaking, . . . 

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California Not Just Dreamin’ of Cage-Free

By on December 10, 2014 in Farm Animals with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
California Not Just Dreamin’ of Cage-Free

In just three weeks, two of the most consequential animal protection laws passed anywhere in the United States will take effect in California. Proposition 2, a citizen initiative, requires that all breeding pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens in the state have enough space to . . . 

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North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

By on December 9, 2014 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

Not long ago, shelters in dozens of North Carolina's counties killed homeless animals in carbon monoxide gas chambers. Starting February 2015, that will end. Last week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a new policy statement that relies on formal policy positions from . . . 

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Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

By on December 8, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

The horse slaughter industry has been dealt the biggest blow since The HSUS led the fight in Congress, the states, and federal courts to shut down the three operating horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007. Today’s game-changing news: the European Commission has suspended . . . 

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Science and Sentiment Say Wolf Trophy Hunting Doesn’t Wash

By on December 5, 2014 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Science and Sentiment Say Wolf Trophy Hunting Doesn’t Wash

If policy makers stick to their guns and continue allowing trophy hunters to kill wolves in six states in the Great Lakes and Northern Rockies regions, they will be defying both science and, generally speaking, the will of voters. Washington State University researchers found that . . . 

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Top Gains for HSI on the Global Stage in 2014

Top Gains for HSI on the Global Stage in 2014

The HSUS has long taken on the toughest fights.  Our sister organization, Humane Society International – operating now in 20 nations — is doing the same, and winning major campaigns and advancing our ideals throughout the world. Here are our top 10 accomplishments on the . . . 

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FBI, Ellen, Puppy Mills, and Nestlé Most Popular Blogs of 2014

FBI, Ellen, Puppy Mills, and Nestlé Most Popular Blogs of 2014

I write A Humane Nation to chronicle mainly what The HSUS and its affiliates are doing and accomplishing, to comment on the major issues and controversies of the day, and to answer the arguments or false claims of our opponents concerning our work. I discuss . . . 

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Canadian Sealers Propose Bill to Stop Cameras From Documenting Slaughter

By on December 2, 2014 in Humane Society International with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Canadian Sealers Propose Bill to Stop Cameras From Documenting Slaughter

For the last decade, The HSUS and Humane Society International staff has braved extreme weather conditions and hostile sealers to expose the commercial sealing industry’s mass clubbing and shooting of baby seals in Atlantic Canada. We’ve encouraged journalists, scientists, members of the European Parliament, and . . . 

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Chris Christie’s Shameful Veto

By on December 1, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Chris Christie’s Shameful Veto

Late on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving – with the American public focused on family and football during a long holiday weekend and news organizations nationwide at low tide in terms of staffing – Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey chose to announce that he . . . 

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Making Gains Against the World’s Biggest Spectacle of Animal Sacrifice

By on November 26, 2014 in Farm Animals, Humane Society International with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Making Gains Against the World’s Biggest Spectacle of Animal Sacrifice

With our team on the ground, Humane Society International (HSI) and its partners are making pretty remarkable progress to halt the largest religious sacrifice spectacle in the world — in the mountain nation of Nepal where nearly half a million animals could be hacked to . . . 

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Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

By on November 25, 2014 in Humane Economy, Uncategorized with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Brazil, the largest pork producer in Latin America, struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates today with two major announcements. First, BRF, Brazil’s largest pork producer, announced that it will eliminate the lifelong confinement of breeding sows in gestation crates on company-owned and . . . 

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Pets for Life: Keeping Animals in Loving Homes and Out of Shelters

By on November 24, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Companion Animals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pets for Life: Keeping Animals in Loving Homes and Out of Shelters

The Hurricane Katrina crisis – 10 years ago, next year – was a wake-up call for our movement on so many levels. One takeaway: most disadvantaged and underserved people with dogs or cats love their animals, but typically they have been unable to afford or access . . . 

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