Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

In 2016, China made a historic decision to ban the trade in ivory and other elephant body parts, claiming a spot on the frontlines of the global war to end the trafficking of threatened species. But China is still the world’s second largest importer (after . . . 

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200-plus wild animals removed from notorious Indiana roadside zoo

200-plus wild animals removed from notorious Indiana roadside zoo

An Indiana roadside zoo whose owner’s federal license was revoked for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including beating a leopard to death with a baseball bat and swinging monkeys around by their tails, has closed its doors. The animals are being moved to . . . 

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A U.S. Senator attacks states’ efforts to end ivory trafficking, but progress continues on many fronts

A U.S. Senator attacks states’ efforts to end ivory trafficking, but progress continues on many fronts

Since 2017, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has introduced a bill that would undermine America’s war on ivory trafficking by hindering the ability of states to create laws fighting this illegal trade. The full Senate did not consider the bill the last time, and more Americans . . . 

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Breaking news: Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Washington becomes seventh U.S. state to outlaw wildlife killing contests

Washington has just outlawed wildlife killing contests—the seventh state to do so in the past six years. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 7-2 this morning to pass a rule ending these gruesome spectacles where participants kill large numbers of wild animals simply for . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Breaking news: Federal horse racing reform sprints ahead with key House committee vote

Legislation to reform horse racing is in full gallop in Congress, with bipartisan members of the House and Senate joining forces to end the reckless drugging of horses and improve the safety of the tracks on which they run. The House Energy and Commerce Committee . . . 

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California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California leads the charge to protect mountain lions but other states backslide

California, which took the pioneering move of banning mountain lion trophy hunting three decades ago, is still standing strong for these iconic animals. This week, California lawmakers passed groundbreaking legislation to ban the use of certain rodenticides that have been held responsible for the illness . . . 

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USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

USFWS director says federal protections for wolves will be removed by end of year

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency tasked with protecting American wildlife, is getting closer to allowing trophy hunters and cattle ranchers to open season on the gray wolf, one of our nation’s most iconic—as well as most persecuted—animals. USFWS director Aurelia Skipwith . . . 

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Sen. Mitch McConnell will introduce bill to reform horse racing

Sen. Mitch McConnell will introduce bill to reform horse racing

Days before the Kentucky Derby kicks off in his home state next week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced he will introduce a bill to reform horse racing. This is a promising development for the future of race horses in a sport that has . . . 

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Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

Skeletal Weimaraner rescued from puppy mill begins her journey of hope with 30 other dogs

Wednesday was freedom day for Pearl, the Weimaraner rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill, whose emaciated condition after her rescue, with every rib in her body showing, shocked so many of you when we first featured her on this blog. Last week we shared . . . 

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HSUS, other groups sue feds for opening Alaska’s wildlife to cruel trophy hunting methods

HSUS, other groups sue feds for opening Alaska’s wildlife to cruel trophy hunting methods

In June, the federal government finalized a rule to appease trophy hunters by allowing some of the cruelest of killing methods on 20 million acres of Alaska’s national preserves. Today, the Humane Society of the United States, along with a coalition of conservation and animal . . . 

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U.S. proposes more changes to chip away at Endangered Species Act

U.S. proposes more changes to chip away at Endangered Species Act

The federal government has fired another volley in its assault on the Endangered Species Act, and this time it’s aimed at paving the way for corporations to take over lands that could, if​ conserved and restored, help in the recovery of imperiled American wildlife. Under . . . 

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North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

North Carolina puppy miller who headlined our Horrible Hundred report convicted of animal cruelty

In March, I shared with you this photo of a dog who was rescued from a puppy mill in Caldwell County, North Carolina, along with more than 30 others. This week, the breeder responsible for her condition pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced . . . 

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