Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

Breaking news: House kills Farm Bill and King Amendment – for now

I have some encouraging news to report: the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon defeated the Farm Bill with the King amendment by a vote of 198 to 213. Rep. Steve King’s amendment could eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of state and local laws protecting animals, children, workers, consumers and the environment, but its primary . . . 

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Bobcats get a reprieve in Ohio and a win in Indiana

Bobcats get a reprieve in Ohio and a win in Indiana

Bobcat advocates have two victories to celebrate this week. On Tuesday, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission voted to withdraw a contentious proposal to open a trophy hunting and trapping season on the state’s only native wild cat, for the first time in nearly 50 years. And on Thursday evening the Ohio Wildlife Council voted to . . . 

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Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

Alert: Help us stop the Farm Bill and the outrageous King Amendment

Imagine a country where states are forced to legalize dog, cat and horse meat. Where states could no longer set anti-cruelty and public health standards for meat and eggs sold to their residents. Where laws preventing puppy mill abuse and the trade in shark fins are wiped away. That nightmarish scenario could soon become a . . . 

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Maryland says no to pigeon shoots

Maryland says no to pigeon shoots

The Humane Society of the United States has long been involved in efforts to stop pigeon shoots, horrible spectacles that still happen in some states, where shooters gun down birds for no reason other than the fun of it. This week, we won a significant victory on pigeon shoots in Maryland, one of the states . . . 

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Tigers are not prom props

Tigers are not prom props

It is a story that defies imagination and, as the mother of a high schooler, makes me cringe. A tiger is brought into a high school prom, in a cage barely large enough to hold the massive animal. The tiger, surrounded by pounding music, screaming teenagers and dancers with fiery torches, paces frantically in the . . . 

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Breaking news: New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in filthy conditions will serve jail time

Breaking news: New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in filthy conditions will serve jail time

Last year, the Humane Society of the United States assisted in an extraordinary rescue of 84 Great Danes, some sick, living in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion. Today, a judge sentenced the breeder, Christina Fay, to jail time, and admonished her for not showing any “signs of remorse” for what she did to . . . 

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In latest attack on wildlife, FWS erodes protections for endangered animals from developers

In latest attack on wildlife, FWS erodes protections for endangered animals from developers

The Endangered Species Act, our nation’s cornerstone wildlife protection law, is under assault by the very people who are tasked with implementing it. In the last few months we have seen representatives of the administration attack protections for African lions and elephants to serve the interests of wealthy trophy hunters, and remove protections for grizzly . . . 

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American equines do not deserve the horrors of slaughter

American equines do not deserve the horrors of slaughter

Horses, burros and other equines are iconic symbols in American life, and we regard them with the same fondness and affection as we do our other companion animals, cats and dogs. These beloved animals earn extra respect and admiration for their strength and their courage, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their . . . 

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Bills in Congress would crack down on wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting

Bills in Congress would crack down on wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting

Trafficking in wildlife is one of the most lucrative illicit trades in the world, involving tens of billions of dollars, and the United States is — unfortunately — a big part of the problem, as one of the world’s largest markets for wildlife and wildlife parts and products. Worse, a number of American trophy hunters . . . 

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‘We are so close to losing the puppy that we loved’: HSUS report details 10 years of complaints about puppy mill dogs

‘We are so close to losing the puppy that we loved’: HSUS report details 10 years of complaints about puppy mill dogs

The moment Tamara Vucak brought her new puppy, Kiki, home, she knew something was wrong. “She had a weird breathing sound …but I just thought that was how puppies of that size breathe,” Vucak recalls. But when Kiki got worse, her mom took her to the emergency vet where she remained for three days. In . . . 

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