Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Endangered Species Act proposal would be a win for elephants

Endangered Species Act proposal would be a win for elephants

There’s a golden opportunity to help protect African elephants now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new Endangered Species Act rule. If finalized, the new rule would better regulate imports of African elephants and their parts, like hunting trophies, to the . . . 

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As the House votes to stop soring of horses, it’s PAST time

As the House votes to stop soring of horses, it’s PAST time

On the House floor Monday night, the House of Representatives voted 304 to 111 to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act into law. With just a few weeks remaining in the 117th Congress, getting a vote in the Senate will take some effort. . . . 

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Pigs’ day in (the Supreme) Court

Pigs’ day in (the Supreme) Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about Proposition 12, California’s landmark law to address animal cruelty and public health issues stemming from the worst factory farming practices, such as confining pregnant pigs in gestation crates so small they can hardly move. Jon Lovvorn, . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court just heard arguments in historic case for animals

Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court just heard arguments in historic case for animals

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the most consequential law ever passed in relation to the treatment of farm animals, California’s Proposition 12. Passed by voters in 2018, Proposition 12 bans the extreme confinement of mother pigs, egg-laying hens and baby calves, and . . . 

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We’re honoring lawmakers for their efforts to save sharks and end the shark fin trade

We’re honoring lawmakers for their efforts to save sharks and end the shark fin trade

At a time when bipartisanship can be unpredictable in politics, it’s particularly gratifying to recognize four lawmakers who have joined together to advance one of the most urgent animal protection measures in the Congress, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. This week, we’re honoring Senate . . . 

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New law aims to ensure that no family must choose between their pet and their home

New law aims to ensure that no family must choose between their pet and their home

Throughout the country, millions of people are experiencing a devastating housing crisis—and people with pets face special hardships when searching for a place to live. It’s still far too common that some rental properties have arbitrary restrictions about the allowed breeds or weight of companion . . . 

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Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path

Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting public comments on its proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule, which is a great opportunity to address farm animal welfare. We’re pushing hard for this landmark federal regulation to become final because the rule, which is . . . 

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All the great progress in our fight against puppy mills this summer

All the great progress in our fight against puppy mills this summer

Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for many of us, but there has been no lull in our fight to end puppy mills. We have made real progress in our campaign to stop inhumane dog breeders who mass-produce puppies for sale through third-party . . . 

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We’ve filed a new lawsuit because wolves in the Northern Rockies need help now

We’ve filed a new lawsuit because wolves in the Northern Rockies need help now

Less than two years after Wisconsin held one of the cruelest and most disastrous trophy hunting seasons in recent memory, wolves across most of the country will enjoy a desperately needed reprieve this fall because of our successful lawsuit that restored their federal Endangered Species . . . 

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Breaking: More experts join forces in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Breaking: More experts join forces in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Last week we wrote about the briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by the Humane Society of the United States, our allied animal welfare organizations and the state of California in a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council, aimed at overturning vital . . . 

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Breaking: New developments in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Breaking: New developments in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Those who follow this blog know about the impending lawsuit in front of the United States Supreme Court, which will have immense consequences for animals. The case centers around Proposition 12, California’s landmark law to address animal cruelty and public health issues stemming from the . . . 

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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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