Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Today, a three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously denied an attempt by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation to strike down California’s Proposition 12, considered the strongest farm animal protection law in . . . 

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Why food system reform must include animals

Why food system reform must include animals

The newly released Rockefeller Foundation report, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” strengthens the case for substantial reform of animal agriculture in the U.S. and elsewhere. The primary purpose of the report is to demonstrate that the $1.1 . . . 

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Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

One of the ways we make a difference for animals is by working on the state and local levels to secure the passage of laws that prevent cruel and inhumane practices that threaten animals—from puppies born in massive puppy mills to coyotes and foxes at . . . 

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The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

A bad reputation can mean the difference between life and death for animals, and nowhere is this clearer than for sharks. Sharks may be depicted as terrifying animals in films like “Jaws,” but the true tale of horror is how humans have treated shark species . . . 

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The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

For some, freedom means the right to use nature, even to the point of destruction. Others view freedom as involving an enormous duty to present and future generations: to protect native wild species and their habitats that make America one of the world’s most fascinating . . . 

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Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

It has been six years since the death of Cecil, a male lion who was a popular individual for wildlife viewing tourists visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The heartbreaking details of the hunt that killed Cecil made international headlines: Cecil was lured out of . . . 

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Breaking: US House passes amendments to transportation bill containing big wins for animals

Breaking: US House passes amendments to transportation bill containing big wins for animals

Update 7/1/2021: The INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 221 to 201. We urge the U.S. Senate to include the House amendments in their version of the bill and pass it swiftly in order . . . 

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Breaking: Supreme Court rejects meat industry challenge to historic farm animal law

Breaking: Supreme Court rejects meat industry challenge to historic farm animal law

Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to take the North American Meat Institute’s appeal of its lawsuit challenging Proposition 12, widely considered the world’s strongest law for farm animal protection. Proposition 12 bans the extreme confinement of egg-laying chickens, mother pigs and baby calves . . . 

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The painful practice of ‘horse soring’ has no place in society

The painful practice of ‘horse soring’ has no place in society

The myriad forms of animal cruelty make for a large and grim inventory, but horse soring consistently holds a place near the top of the list. It’s a deliberate and wanton torment of horses, one secretly carried out in training barns to produce a high-stepping . . . 

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Animals deserve disaster preparedness plans, too. Here’s how you can help.

Animals deserve disaster preparedness plans, too. Here’s how you can help.

The past few years have shown how suddenly natural disasters and other emergencies can upend our lives. Take, for instance, recent severe hurricanes and wildfires, the early 2021 deep freeze in Texas or the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 crisis. Families everywhere have seen how crucial it . . . 

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Death of chimp reveals tragic truth about primates kept as pets in America

Death of chimp reveals tragic truth about primates kept as pets in America

Earlier this week, law enforcement officers from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office in Oregon were called to a home because a pet chimpanzee attacked a woman who subsequently locked herself in a bedroom. The woman’s mother instructed deputies to shoot and kill the chimpanzee so . . . 

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Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Now is the time for countries across the world to ban fur

Last week, Israel became the first country in the world to ban the sale of new fur products used for fashion. We want to share why this is meaningful progress for animals and for advocates around the globe fighting for a fur-free future. A strong . . . 

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