Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

How we work to save animals (part 2): Yes, there should be a law

How we work to save animals (part 2): Yes, there should be a law

Note: This blog is part of a series highlighting how we fight—and win—for animals. For this post, I join with Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, to tell the story about how we tackle institutionalized animal suffering by changing laws and government . . . 

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Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’ 

Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’ 

Some really good news from a federal courtroom on a fight we’ve long been waging for horses: Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture had unlawfully withdrawn a 2017 rule designed . . . 

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How to make Shark Week good for sharks

How to make Shark Week good for sharks

Sharks have been around for 450 million years, outliving the dinosaurs and surviving mass extinctions. But now, out of the 500 or so species (that we know of), a third of all sharks and shark-like species are threatened with extinction due to human activity. Some . . . 

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Congress poised to vote! Contact your Reps to help captive big cats in the US

Congress poised to vote! Contact your Reps to help captive big cats in the US

Update: We are delighted to report that the U.S. House passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263, by a strong bipartisan vote of 278 to 134. Thank you for helping us achieve this win by advocating for the bill to your Representative. Now . . . 

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Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

You may have seen in the news that our Animal Rescue Team was approached by the U.S. Department of Justice to remove roughly 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied laboratories that test on animals. We are honored to have been chosen to lead . . . 

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Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

In a major win for America’s most imperiled wildlife, this week a U.S. federal judge voided a package of regulations enacted by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act. We’ve been fighting these dangerous rollbacks since they were proposed. And as soon as . . . 

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Good news! Louisiana becomes 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

Good news! Louisiana becomes 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

In a victory for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and all animals used for testing, Louisiana is the latest state to take steps to end the cruel and unnecessary use of animals to test cosmetics. Eight other states (California, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Hawaii . . . 

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Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

A lawsuit currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court will have enormous consequences for millions of animals across the country—and we have news about major developments, some of it positive and some disappointing. Regardless, the fight continues. First, some background: The pork industry . . . 

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It’s graduation season: Have you considered a career devoted to helping animals?

It’s graduation season: Have you considered a career devoted to helping animals?

When I joined the Humane Society of the United States back in 1992 as a legal investigator, I couldn’t have predicted that my career path would lead me to the role I serve now, as president and CEO of the HSUS and CEO of Humane . . . 

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Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

When a strain of bird flu sweeps through factory farms, where birds are tightly confined, the current “solution” involves immense cruelty. This is why it’s a genuine milestone in the fight against factory farming that the Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary and . . . 

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Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the 82 beagles languishing at Inotiv’s Mount Vernon, Indiana, laboratory that was the site of our recent undercover investigation. A Humane Society of the United States investigator found 80 beagle puppies being force-fed potentially toxic . . . 

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Our Taking Action for Animals conference returns to inform and inspire grassroots activism

Our Taking Action for Animals conference returns to inform and inspire grassroots activism

When you’re a passionate animal welfare advocate, you might sometimes feel like a bit of an outsider. Friends, family members and co-workers who don’t share your passion might not grasp why you spend your weekends trapping community cats to get spayed or neutered. Or why . . . 

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