Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

A man who, along with his teenage son, mercilessly slaughtered a hibernating mother bear and her two newborn cubs in their den, and then lied about it, will serve time in jail for the gruesome crime that shocked Americans when it came to light last . . . 

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Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and . . . 

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At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

At Safari Club convention, vendors peddle canned lion hunts, elephant and hippo body parts

A canvas made of a whole elephant’s ear. Belts made with hippo skin. Elephant skin furniture. The annual Safari Club International convention in Reno, Nevada, had plenty on view that would shock and sicken the average person. But investigators for the Humane Society of the . . . 

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Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

Thousands of animals in USDA-licensed facilities feel impact of government shutdown

The federal government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has devastated many American families. But it has also affected countless numbers of animals, including thousands of domestic and wild animals in puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos and other facilities that are licensed — and inspected . . . 

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A blog renamed, a mission renewed

A blog renamed, a mission renewed

These are exciting times for the animal protection movement, and especially for those of us who work at the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates, including Humane Society International and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The year 2019 has come in with . . . 

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States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

States act to protect animals left outside in cold weather

Late last year, Pennsylvania investigators found a dog named Cam dead and frozen solid on a heavy chain, wedged between a small dog house and a fence. He appeared to have been digging for warmth when he died. As heartbreaking as this story is, unfortunately, . . . 

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Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

Complaints about sick Petland puppies pour in after HSUS undercover investigation

On December 11, we released the results of our shocking undercover investigation at two Petland locations, one in Las Vegas and another in Kennesaw, Georgia, where our investigators found several sick puppies and a dead puppy in a freezer. When we started the investigation, we . . . 

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Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

Breaking news: Supreme Court lets stand California, Massachusetts bans on cage confinement; foie gras ban

In a victory that will likely prevent significant suffering for millions of farm animals, the Supreme Court today snuffed out efforts by the factory farming lobby and associated interests to overturn landmark laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts, and a California ban on . . . 

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116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

116th Congress brings new hope, opportunities for animal protection

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson We are on Capitol Hill today for the swearing in of the 116th Congress, along with Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund colleagues. We’re meeting with members of Congress, old and new, and gearing . . . 

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North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

North Carolina, where a lion just killed a woman, is one of only four states with no law against private ownership of dangerous wild animals

Over the weekend, Americans were shocked by an incident at the Conservators Center in North Carolina, a privately run wild animal menagerie, where a 22-year-old intern who was cleaning an enclosure was attacked and killed by a lion. Law enforcement shot and killed the lion . . . 

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California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

California, which passed world’s strongest farm animal protection law and the nation’s first cosmetics testing ban, tops Humane State rankings again

California has once again topped our 2018 Humane State rankings list, after overwhelmingly passing the strongest farm animal protection law in the world, and by enacting a law that bans the sale of cosmetics tested on animals — the first U.S. state to do so. . . . 

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Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges

Significant gains in federal policy in 2018, despite challenges

As 2018 draws to a close, so too does the 115th Congress. Each year, the federal team at our affiliate Humane Society Legislative Fund pushes hard to advance legislation that protects animals, and this year, we saw strong progress. Notably, in the Farm Bill signed . . . 

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