The HSUS works year-round to secure the passage of animal protection bills in state legislatures, and to block bad ones advanced by lobbyists for Big Ag. Some lawmakers in Iowa have recently introduced two retrograde bills that seek to reverse the good work done by animal protection advocates in improving conditions for hens in battery . . .
Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule
Today, The HSUS is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to scuttle the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule – one of the most important rules to ever come out of a federal agency, affecting the well-being of tens of millions of animals each year. The USDA finalized the rule in January 2017, . . .
Today, the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods, announced more progress in its movement away from confining mother pigs in tiny gestation crates, further acknowledging that animals built to move ought to be allowed to move. As a matter of historical import, our quest to rid the industry of these inhumane contraptions got an enormous . . .
California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list
According to our Humane State rankings for 2017, California remains the most humane state in the nation, comfortably ahead of number-two finisher Oregon and then Massachusetts, which has held the third position since 2016 when it approved a sweeping measure to restrict factory farming and to forbid the sale of veal, pork, and eggs if . . .
Today, we are celebrating the implementation of some major reforms for farm animals that went into effect yesterday in Ohio – a ban on keeping veal calves in crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around, and a ban on cutting off cows’ tails for medically unnecessary reasons. There’s quite a backstory to . . .
The HSUS pursues multi-channel reform efforts, and in 2017 we made extraordinary progress by pushing forward on a hundred fronts – in the federal courts, in protecting wolves, farm animals, and other creatures at risk of suffering or under threat; in legislatures throughout the world in passing anti-cruelty laws; in corporate board rooms, whether in . . .
This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules adopted in 2016 and in January 2017 to protect grizzly . . .
In 2017, The HSUS continued its campaign to bring about major transformational change in the food and agriculture sector, specifically by rolling out its Nine Billion Lives campaign to take out so much of the pain and misery from the conventional means of raising and killing broiler chickens (those raised for meat). Meanwhile, we’ve been . . .
Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges
As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and in legislative assemblies at the state and federal level. Each . . .
Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals
After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. In doing so, the agency has again poked a thumb in the eye of thousands of family farmers . . .