Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

South Africa to clamp down on exploitative captive lion industry

South Africa to clamp down on exploitative captive lion industry

A key panel appointed by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in South Africa recommends banning captive lion breeding and the commercial trade of lion parts such as lion skeletons. Humane Society International/Africa has been a key player in the campaign to phase . . . 

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NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

The New Yorker broke a story yesterday about the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, attempting to kill an endangered elephant in Botswana. The newly released footage exemplifies the blithe depravity of trophy hunting. The video shows LaPierre’s botched attempt to kill an . . . 

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Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

We all know what dogs love: a comfortable napping spot, a romp in the grass, a kind touch and the safety and security of a caring environment. But thousands of dogs in commercial breeding operations licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell to . . . 

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Arkansas ‘Working Animals’ bill jeopardizes animals and citizens. Here’s why.

Arkansas ‘Working Animals’ bill jeopardizes animals and citizens. Here’s why.

One of the most successful political channels through which advocates have been able to take a stand for animals in recent years is by securing the passage of local ordinances to regulate or end practices associated with animal cruelty and suffering. But vested interests in . . . 

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Idaho lawmakers on verge of sanctioning a carnage of 90% of the state’s wolves

Idaho lawmakers on verge of sanctioning a carnage of 90% of the state’s wolves

UPDATE (5/7/21): Despite overwhelming opposition from Idaho residents, professional wildlife biologists and managers and state fish and game commissioners, Gov. Brad Little signed S. 1211 into law on May 5. We urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to uphold its obligations to review and . . . 

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House revives bill to end shark fin trade that passed during last session

House revives bill to end shark fin trade that passed during last session

A bill to end all commercial trade in the United States of shark fins and shark fin products was reintroduced in the U.S. House today. The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 2811, already enjoys great support in Congress and a previous version passed the . . . 

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Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets advances in Nevada

Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets advances in Nevada

Nevada, one of the last remaining states without a ban on the ownership of exotic wild animals as pets, is now moving to pass a law to do exactly that. A bill, SB 344, recently passed the Senate and now awaits action in the Assembly. . . . 

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U.S. finalizes critical habitat protections for endangered humpback whales

U.S. finalizes critical habitat protections for endangered humpback whales

The United States has finalized a rule to protect key ocean habitats used by endangered humpback whales as they migrate and feed in the waters off the U.S. west coast. This is a tremendous development and one we hope will help speed the recovery of . . . 

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Bill to end keeping big cats as pets, ‘cub petting’ reintroduced in U.S. Senate

Bill to end keeping big cats as pets, ‘cub petting’ reintroduced in U.S. Senate

A bill that would prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards and ban keeping these animals as pets has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. The Big Cat Public Safety Act, S. 1210, would end the suffering of animals like Elsa, . . . 

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Breaking: Washington bans the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet shops

Breaking: Washington bans the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet shops

Today, Governor Jay Inslee signed the Humane Pet Sales Bill, making Washington state the fourth in the nation to prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. Washington joins California, Maryland, Maine and over 380 localities across the country in taking a strong . . . 

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A resolution for Earth Day — and every day

A resolution for Earth Day — and every day

With spring in full blossom, my favorite escape from Zoom meetings is getting outside for a long walk with my dog, Lilly. That time is a tremendous respite for both of us. In a year when we’ve spent so much time indoors, I think we . . . 

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Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

State and federal inspections of puppy mills have been scaled back or, in some cases, have ground to a halt during the pandemic. As a result, dogs in these operations have been left without the most basic protections under the law. This is even more . . . 

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