Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

Here’s why animal agriculture must be central at UN climate change summit

The facts are clear: More than 88 billion land animals are bred, raised and slaughtered for food every year. The animal agriculture industry is responsible for at least 14.5% to 16.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions globally, on par with emissions from all the planes, . . . 

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American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

Giraffes, with their iconic long necks and unmistakable, beautifully patterned coats, are facing extinction. There are currently fewer than 69,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild today. And the threats of habitat loss and illegal hunting for bushmeat are only exacerbated by demand for giraffe . . . 

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US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

In the spring, wolf dens are usually full of young pups being raised by their parents and helper wolves, but when one den in Idaho was discovered vacant earlier this year, biologists worked on uncovering the reason. Today, the Washington Post reported that eight wolf . . . 

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Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

North American bird populations have declined by three billion birds since 1970, which is just one of the reasons why the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been such an important source of protection for birds for decades. So, it felt like a terrible threat when . . . 

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Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane. For anyone who followed the story of Cecil . . . 

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The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

By on September 30, 2021 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 3 Comments
The Humane Legislator of the Year Award goes to Rep. Paul Tonko

While 2020 was no ordinary year, each and every one of us associated with the Humane Society family of organizations did our best to make it an extraordinary one for animals. Here in the U.S., our colleagues at the Humane Society Legislative Fund finished strong . . . 

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Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered . . . 

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It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s why your vote matters for animals

By on September 28, 2021 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment
It’s National Voter Registration Day: Here’s why your vote matters for animals

Our mission is to end suffering for all animals, and this so often centers around boosting the public policy work of the humane movement. That’s why we encourage supporters to advocate for animal protection legislation and related proposals by contacting their elected officials and becoming . . . 

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Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week, largely because of extreme wolf-killing laws recently passed in Idaho and Montana. The agency’s decision comes in response to a legal petition . . . 

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‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies

‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies

By selling puppy mill dogs, some pet stores are spreading severe diseases that are dangerous to the public. We’ve been saying this for years. And now a new scientific investigation published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network reinforces this fact. . . . 

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Breaking: European Parliament votes to phase out animal testing and research

Breaking: European Parliament votes to phase out animal testing and research

On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that calls on the European Commission to draw-up an action plan to phase out animal experiments. This is a momentous political victory in a region where recent setbacks have occurred for animals in . . . 

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New law increases availability of service dogs for veterans with PTSD

New law increases availability of service dogs for veterans with PTSD

President Biden recently signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act (PAWS), which increases the number of service dogs available to support veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. We’re elated at the thought that more veterans will have access to the . . . 

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