Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

A year after his rescue from a Houston home, Loki the tiger enjoys sanctuary and reminds us why big cats are not pets

A year after his rescue from a Houston home, Loki the tiger enjoys sanctuary and reminds us why big cats are not pets

The cat playing with a blue buoy in the video looks adorable and will put a smile on your face, but it is important to remember that Loki is no pet. The 300-pound tiger was, however, being kept as one when he was found living . . . 

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Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

The euthanasia of homeless companion animals in gas chambers sounds archaic and is inhumane, but the practice is still prevalent in four states—Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming—where there are fewer than a dozen such chambers in operation. That’s still too many. Since 2013, the Humane . . . 

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Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Our latest undercover investigation of wildlife killing contests in Maryland reveals a grisly world: one where contestants use digital technology to lure animals like foxes and coyotes to their death, riddle them with bullets in a mad rush to kill the most and heaviest animals, . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inexplicably blacked out records of inspections at puppy mills, roadside zoos, facilities that do invasive research on animals, walking horse shows and other operations, leaving those who use—and potentially abuse—animals in their care with little or no . . . 

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Poster children for the SAFE Act: Kill buyers fined again

Poster children for the SAFE Act: Kill buyers fined again

Some of the people and interests tied to cruelty to animals seem to come right from central casting. That’s going to help us succeed in our efforts to secure passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 961/S. 2006, to permanently ban domestic . . . 

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At SCI convention, trophy hunters rub shoulders with Donald Trump Jr. and USFWS director; undercover investigation reveals potentially illegal sales of elephant, stingray, hippo skins

At SCI convention, trophy hunters rub shoulders with Donald Trump Jr. and USFWS director; undercover investigation reveals potentially illegal sales of elephant, stingray, hippo skins

At the Safari Club International’s annual convention each year, wealth, privilege and power come together with a revolting goal: mowing down the world’s rarest and most beloved wildlife. This year’s event in Reno was no different. Trophy hunters heard speeches from guest of honor Donald . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit prompts shutdown of trophy hunters’ panel in Trump administration

BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit prompts shutdown of trophy hunters’ panel in Trump administration

A panel of trophy hunters appointed by the Trump administration to advise the federal government on international wildlife trade policy has bitten the dust. Following a lawsuit filed by a coalition that included Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States, the . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

BREAKING NEWS: Federal court throws out challenge to Maryland law ending puppy mill sales in pet stores

A federal judge has dismissed a court challenge to Maryland’s landmark law prohibiting the sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores, giving animals and consumers a huge victory in the fight against puppy mills. The ruling today means the law, which went into effect . . . 

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Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

Botswana today auctioned off the lives of 60 of its elephants, giving trophy hunters around the world a license to kill these gentle giants for fun. This was the first elephant auction held since the country lifted a five-year ban on such hunts last year; . . . 

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Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance

A Petland in Naperville, Illinois, will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday ending such sales in pet stores. This makes Naperville the 341st locality in the United States to pass such a measure. There were Petland . . . 

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State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

This past year has been a mixed one for animals under President Donald Trump. On the one hand we’ve seen federal agencies take steps to improve the fortunes of animals used in testing and the wild horses and burros on our public ranges, and also . . . 

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New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

New York Senate committee votes to end puppy mill sales in pet stores; Bill resulted partly from an HSUS investigation

A New York Senate committee voted unanimously today to advance a bill that would end the sales of puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill is a direct result of national and local pressure, including the widespread outrage generated by . . . 

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