Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

The Department of Transportation today announced its plan to issue new regulations that would prohibit airlines from banning certain breeds of service dogs. This represents a much-needed move toward ending discriminatory policies by individual airlines that cause unnecessary and cruel hardships for customers with disabilities . . . 

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As racehorse death toll continues to climb, Congress moves to salvage the ‘sport of kings’

As racehorse death toll continues to climb, Congress moves to salvage the ‘sport of kings’

Horses dying at the racetracks with alarming frequency is a sadly familiar scenario of late, but even by that measure the body count over the past week is nothing short of astonishing. Since Friday alone, three horses have been euthanized at Santa Anita Park in . . . 

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Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

It is exactly 25 years this month since 14 wolves from Canada were brought to Yellowstone National Park, an area that had not seen a single wolf in 70 years because of trophy hunting and trapping. Almost immediately, the animals began reshaping the landscape, regenerating . . . 

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New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

I arrived at Project Chimps yesterday just as dinner was being served to its residents: 79 retired research chimpanzees who now call this verdant, 236-acre sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia their home. The building we were in is a brand-new, state-of-the-art . . . 

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Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

A federal judge has just shut down the latest challenge to California’s foie gras ban, in an important ruling that reaffirms the right of states to enact legislation that protects animals in agriculture. Today’s district court ruling is the latest in a long-running saga that . . . 

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Norwegian company fires U.S. executive amidst rising public sentiment against trophy hunting

Norwegian company fires U.S. executive amidst rising public sentiment against trophy hunting

Public disapproval of trophy hunting and the havoc trophy hunters wreak on the world’s endangered and threatened wildlife is on the rise, both here in the United States and around the globe. We recently saw a striking example of this in play when a Norwegian . . . 

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Breaking news: Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law

Breaking news: Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law

In November, Americans were stunned by a viral video that showed two teenagers kicking and stomping an injured white tail deer they had just shot. In the 30-second clip, Alex Smith, 18, and his companion could be seen laughing and ripping off one of the . . . 

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Nebraska once again opens its fragile mountain lion population to trophy hunters

Nebraska once again opens its fragile mountain lion population to trophy hunters

Last week, a trophy hunter killed a mountain lion in Nebraska and posted a photo of himself on social media with the dead animal, a one-and-a-half-year-old male. While most Americans would find this unnecessary killing of a majestic native carnivore horrifying by itself, the facts . . . 

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New Maryland law heralds progress against puppy mills nationwide

New Maryland law heralds progress against puppy mills nationwide

A new law that ends the sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores has just taken effect in Maryland this New Year, heralding a new era of progress for companion animals suffering in puppy mills. Maryland is only the second state to pass such . . . 

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Let’s make this the year we end cosmetics testing in all of the United States

Let’s make this the year we end cosmetics testing in all of the United States

Residents of three U.S. states can now buy cosmetics in stores without having to worry whether they may have been tested on animals. On New Year’s Day yesterday, a ban on the sales of cosmetics newly tested on animals went into effect in California, Illinois . . . 

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In 2019, the HSUS and our affiliates produced extraordinary gains for all animals

In 2019, the HSUS and our affiliates produced extraordinary gains for all animals

The year 2019 was one of extraordinary gains for animals trapped in the cruel business of fur, for companion animals who are the victims of malicious cruelty, for wild animals at risk of extinction because of trophy hunting and the wildlife products trade, and for . . . 

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In 2019, HSI drove key global wins for farm animals and against dog meat trade, wildlife trafficking and more

In 2019, HSI drove key global wins for farm animals and against dog meat trade, wildlife trafficking and more

With a presence in more than 50 countries, Humane Society International has the reach and the ability to create lasting and transformational change for animals around the globe. In 2019, among several achievements, our team helped win key victories for giraffes, elephants and rhinos at . . . 

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