Archive for December, 2018
California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again
California has once again topped our 2018 Humane State rankings list, after overwhelmingly passing the strongest farm animal protection law in the world, and by enacting a law that bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals — the first U.S. state to do so. . . .
Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges
As 2018 draws to a close, so too does the 115th Congress. Each year, the federal team at our affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund pushes hard to advance legislation that protects animals, and this year, we saw strong progress. Notably, in the Farm Bill signed . . .
Wildlife gains for 2018 range from bans on wild animal circus acts to major fur-free announcements
We’re fierce defenders of wildlife in the United States, and we made major strides on that front in 2018. We won major victories for grizzly bears and black bears, defeated attempts to remove federal protections for gray wolves, helped shine a spotlight on cruel wildlife . . .
Three tails of 2018 that end with a ‘happily ever after’
The rescue and reunion of animals whose lives we touch comprise the most joyful elements of our work within the Humane Society of the United States and across the range of our affiliates. In a season of reflection, gratitude and transition to a New Year, . . .
Farm Bill becomes law minus King amendment, capping a year of extraordinary gains for animals
Today, in a crucial victory for animals, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill minus the anti-animal King amendment but with three pro-animal measures. This is an outcome the Humane Society Legislative Fund had long worked for, along with our Humane Society of the . . .
In 2018, HSUS legal team delivered crucial court victories for Yellowstone grizzly bears, Great Danes rescued from New Hampshire mansion
For more than a decade, our Animal Protection Litigation team, a talented group of attorneys who use the law to advance the cause of animal protection, has been one of our most effective divisions. Each year, they file lawsuits and legal petitions to support our . . .
From combating dogfighting to dog meat to battery cages, HSI drove change for animals around the globe in 2018
Throughout 2018, Humane Society International has driven transformational changes for animals around the globe. Vietnam adopted animal welfare language for the first time in its history; Unilever supported a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics; the Indonesian government supported a ban on the dog . . .
American wolves need to be protected, not hunted
American wolves are once again under urgent attack. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is readying a proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire continental United States, which would arrest the recovery of these animals and banish them forever to . . .
Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets
The World Trade Organization delivered a decisive victory today to protect dolphins in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. All tuna sold in the United States with the dolphin-safe label must be caught using methods designed to protect dolphins from harm. Fishing . . .
Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses
New Jersey has made history by becoming the first state in the country to ban the use of numerous wild animal species, including elephants, tigers, lions, bears and primates, in circuses and traveling shows. Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a measure that recognizes . . .
Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories
The U.S. House has just passed the Farm Bill, and we’re celebrating great wins for animals. Most importantly, the bill does not contain the reckless King amendment, which could have nullified state and local laws that address, among other issues, prohibiting horse slaughter for food, . . .
HSUS asks feds to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride’s misleading claims about its chickens
Today, the Humane Society of the United States asked the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency charged with protecting consumers, to investigate allegedly deceptive marketing claims made by Pilgrim’s Pride, the second largest chicken producer in the United States, which wrongly leads consumers to believe . . .