Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

U.S. will allow Texas billionaire to import trophy of critically endangered black rhino he killed

U.S. will allow Texas billionaire to import trophy of critically endangered black rhino he killed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow an American trophy hunter who killed a critically endangered black rhino to import the animal’s body parts into the United States, in complete disregard for the precarious status of this species and despite overwhelming opposition from the . . . 

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Breaking news: Los Angeles votes to ban fur; largest U.S. city to do so

Breaking news: Los Angeles votes to ban fur; largest U.S. city to do so

The Los Angeles City Council has just voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur within city limits, making this the largest American city to do so. San Francisco passed a similar ban earlier this year. Today’s historic vote in Los Angeles, which comes just . . . 

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World says ‘no’ to Japan’s bid to restart whaling; reaffirms commitment to conserve whales

World says ‘no’ to Japan’s bid to restart whaling; reaffirms commitment to conserve whales

Japan’s package of proposals seeking to upend the 33-year global commercial whaling moratorium was soundly rejected last week at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil, with more than 40 countries making it clear to the rogue nation, which continues whaling in defiance of . . . 

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India mandates new regulations to stop animal cruelty and neglect by pet stores

India mandates new regulations to stop animal cruelty and neglect by pet stores

India has seen a boom in pet ownership in recent years, and there has been a corresponding increase in the number of pet stores doing brisk business by selling puppies. Unfortunately, the boom comes with a downside for the animals caught up in this trade. . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House votes to crack down on dog and cat meat, wildlife trafficking

Breaking news: U.S. House votes to crack down on dog and cat meat, wildlife trafficking

For many years now, Humane Society International has been at the forefront of a hot war against the dog and cat meat trade across Asia. We have taken on many high-profile fights and we’ve made tremendous progress, from pushing back hard against China’s Yulin dog . . . 

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Urgent alert: Help stop cruel hunting methods in Alaska, like killing wolf pups at their dens, shooting hibernating mother bears

Urgent alert: Help stop cruel hunting methods in Alaska, like killing wolf pups at their dens, shooting hibernating mother bears

A rule proposed by the federal government to reintroduce some of the cruelest of hunting methods to national preserves in Alaska has raised a chorus of outrage from conservation organizations, biologists, elected officials and American citizens, and there is still time to speak out against . . . 

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Victory! California becomes first state to reject animal testing for cosmetics

Victory! California becomes first state to reject animal testing for cosmetics

California made history late Friday night when it became the first state in the nation to pass legislation that ends the sale of cosmetics, including products like lipstick, shampoo and deodorant, that have been newly tested on animals. Lawmakers in both houses voted unanimously on . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal judge blocks Wyoming and Idaho plans to open season on grizzly bears

Breaking news: Federal judge blocks Wyoming and Idaho plans to open season on grizzly bears

A federal judge in Montana last night issued an order blocking what would have been the first trophy hunting season on grizzlies since the 1970s, set to open in Wyoming and Idaho this Saturday. The ruling came in response to a motion filed by the . . . 

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As annual walking horse event begins in Tennessee, country music star Tanya Tucker calls for an end to soring

As annual walking horse event begins in Tennessee, country music star Tanya Tucker calls for an end to soring

This week, a few hundred industry participants have gathered in Shelbyville, Tennessee, for the 80th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration: an event that has over the years seen many cruelly treated horses — victims of a practice known as horse soring — exhibited and . . . 

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Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing

Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing

With less than three months to go until Election Day, the Protect Dogs-Yes on 13 campaign in Florida is at full throttle, mobilizing public support to phase out greyhound racing in what amounts to the industry’s last redoubt. Attorneys for the state are fighting off . . . 

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