Farm Animals

House committee votes to gut states’ rights to protect animals and citizens

House committee votes to gut states’ rights to protect animals and citizens

The news that the House Committee on Agriculture has approved a version of the Farm Bill with an amendment by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, that could gut states’ rights to protect animals and their citizens is infuriating. But the Farm Bill will go to the House floor for a vote soon, and the Humane Society . . . 

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Farm Bill should include key animal welfare reforms on horse soring, animal fighting and more

Farm Bill should include key animal welfare reforms on horse soring, animal fighting and more

As the U.S. House and Senate agriculture committees begin work on a new Farm Bill, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund are pressing for this legislation, which has the potential to affect the lives of millions of animals, to include key provisions on animal fighting, horse soring, the . . . 

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HSUS 2017 annual report: Driving change for all animals around the globe

HSUS 2017 annual report: Driving change for all animals around the globe

This week we release our 2017 annual report, an account of recent achievements in our broad-ranging mission to help all animals. The report is teeming with encouraging news about the advances we made on issues ranging from negotiating with corporations, to producing large-scale animal welfare reforms, to pressing for major legislative goals, to educating and . . . 

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USDA proposes disastrous plan to increase kill speeds at pig slaughterhouses

USDA proposes disastrous plan to increase kill speeds at pig slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouses in the United States are allowed to kill more than 1,000 pigs per hour under current U.S. Department of Agriculture rules. Inside these facilities, employees handling the animals work under immense stress at breakneck speeds, performing repetitive motions in cold, slippery conditions, using dangerous equipment. Now, as if these existing conditions for both the . . . 

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Breaking news: USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label

Breaking news: USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label

Despite strong public support for the measure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule that established clear and meaningful protections and higher animal welfare standards for farm animals raised under the organics label. The USDA delayed implementation of the rule three times before yesterday’s announcement that it would formally withdraw the rule. This . . . 

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California ballot measure would set a new precedent for farm animal welfare across the globe

California ballot measure would set a new precedent for farm animal welfare across the globe

In just six weeks, The HSUS and a coalition of leading farm animal protection organizations will deliver the signatures needed to launch a California ballot measure that The Guardian described as “History in the making.” That’s fitting, because the ballot and referendum process is a true gem of American politics, a chance for citizens to . . . 

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HSUS, HSI work with corporations, schools, and hospitals to add delicious plant-based options to menus

HSUS, HSI work with corporations, schools, and hospitals to add delicious plant-based options to menus

Whether through our successful campaigns to end the worst factory farming practices by law, or our corporate partnerships to eliminate the use of eggs and meat from caged animals, The HSUS and Humane Society International have together been a force in moving the needle for animals caught up in our global food system. But there’s . . . 

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Bills in Iowa would force grocery stores to sell eggs from caged hens

Bills in Iowa would force grocery stores to sell eggs from caged hens

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 . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

By on January 12, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 86 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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, . . . 

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Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

By on January 8, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

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 . . . 

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