Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

The National Pork Producers Council, the main lobbying group for the pork industry, will not get its hands on two $3 million payouts from a mandatory checkoff fund that pork producers, including small family farmers, are forced to pay into each year. The Trump administration . . . 

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Breaking: Trump administration proposes new changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

Breaking: Trump administration proposes new changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson During the past year and a half, the Trump administration and the 115th Congress have launched over a hundred attacks on the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal species and their habitats. Today, . . . 

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On World Chimpanzee Day, let’s celebrate progress and seek a better future for our ‘closest cousins’

On World Chimpanzee Day, let’s celebrate progress and seek a better future for our ‘closest cousins’

When Dr. Jane Goodall went to Africa to study wild chimpanzees exactly 58 years ago today, she embarked on a career that forever changed the way the world views chimpanzees. Over time, learning of the threats to chimpanzees in both captivity and the wild, Dr. . . . 

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Victory! Rhode Island bans battery cages for egg-laying hens

Victory! Rhode Island bans battery cages for egg-laying hens

It’s official: a long-fought-for piece of legislation in Rhode Island to protect hens abused for eggs just became law. The measure phases out the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens and mandates that the birds be housed in cage-free facilities. Rhode Island joins six other states . . . 

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At White House meeting, breeders and other stakeholders agree on need for puppy mill reforms

At White House meeting, breeders and other stakeholders agree on need for puppy mill reforms

The Humane Society of the United States fights puppy mills on many fronts, from working with local law enforcement to rescue animals in puppy mills to urging state and federal lawmakers and federal agencies to create and improve laws that protect animals in such facilities. . . . 

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Tell NIH to send the last of the research chimpanzees to sanctuary

Tell NIH to send the last of the research chimpanzees to sanctuary

Many of you were by our side as we worked successfully to outlaw the use of chimpanzees in invasive research in the United States, a tremendous achievement and one that enjoyed the support of millions of Americans, including members of the scientific community. Now, we . . . 

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Jury says pork producer has to pay $25 million in damages, even as North Carolina lawmakers rush to protect factory farms

Jury says pork producer has to pay $25 million in damages, even as North Carolina lawmakers rush to protect factory farms

North Carolina residents who live near giant pig factory farms have long complained about the stench from the open manure lagoons, the swarms of flies that descend on their homes, mobs of vultures who pick over rotting hog carcasses and the constant rumbling of trucks . . . 

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Breaking news: Ohio governor signs landmark anti-puppy-mill law

Breaking news: Ohio governor signs landmark anti-puppy-mill law

History was made today in Ohio when Gov. John Kasich signed into law anti-puppy-mill legislation that implements major reforms designed to improve the lives of breeding dogs. The new law includes a ban on some of the most cruel practices used by commercial dog breeders, . . . 

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Alaskans say ‘no’ to cruel hunting methods for killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in dens

Alaskans say ‘no’ to cruel hunting methods for killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in dens

A rule recently proposed by the Trump administration would roll back an Obama-era regulation that prohibits controversial and scientifically unjustified methods of hunting on Alaska’s national preserves, which are federal public lands. These egregious hunting methods include killing hibernating mother black bears and their cubs . . . 

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Speak out to stop breed-specific discrimination

Speak out to stop breed-specific discrimination

Last week, Delta Airlines announced it would ban pit-bull-type dogs from flying in the cabin as service and assistance animals. In doing so, the airline is overlooking the fact that there is no evidence that a particular breed of dog bites more than another. And . . . 

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