USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses
In early 2017, with a new administration in office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deleted its online public database containing thousands of pages of records that the public and animal protection groups depended on to monitor Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act violations. These . . .
As annual walking horse event begins in Tennessee, country music star Tanya Tucker calls for an end to soring
This week, a few hundred industry participants have gathered in Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the 80th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration: an event that has over the years seen many cruelly treated horses — victims of a practice known as horse soring — exhibited and . . .
When the Volcán de Fuego erupted in Guatemala nearly two weeks ago, devastating villages for miles around, Humane Society International’s disaster response team took immediate action. HSI has been helping animals affected by disasters for many years, and it’s one of the most crucial services . . .
The Horseracing Integrity Act, H.R. 2651, will better protect our nation’s racehorses by replacing outdated state-by-state drug and medication rules, banning race-day medication, and putting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in charge of a program to set one national uniform set of rules on medication . . .
Animal advocates from around the nation will converge in Arlington, Virginia, from July 20-23 for the Taking Action for Animals Conference (TAFA), to get a better understanding of animal protection issues, and to strengthen their ability to help animals in their communities through lobbying, outreach, . . .
The horse racing season concludes this weekend with the Belmont Stakes, the third and final race in the Triple Crown series. Racing enthusiasts will watch to see which horse takes home the big prize. But once the race ends and the tracks are empty again, . . .
For years, the government, through the Bureau of Land Management, has attempted to control wild horse and burro numbers by rounding the animals up and offering them for adoption. It was during one such roundup in the year 2000 that a flashy sorrel and white . . .
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has abandoned a disastrous proposal to outsource inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos and research laboratories to third-party inspectors. If implemented, the proposal would have essentially allowed these industries to police themselves and severely undermined protections for millions of animals. . . .
Congress first tried to end soring — the intentional infliction of pain on the legs and hooves of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds to create the exaggerated, artificial show gait known as the “big lick”” — nearly half a century ago, with the passage . . .
Imagine a country where states are forced to legalize dog, cat and horse meat. Where states could no longer set anti-cruelty and public health standards for meat and eggs sold to their residents. Where laws preventing puppy mill abuse and the trade in shark fins . . .