Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

Breaking news: USDA proposes rule to crack down on worst puppy mills and roadside zoos; require veterinary care for dogs

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Department of Agriculture today proposed a new rule to close a loophole in the law that allows puppy breeders and roadside zoo exhibitors whose licenses have been revoked for severe and multiple Animal Welfare Act violations to . . . 

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Celebrity PSAs highlight bond with adopted pets; New Ohio law designates a shelter pet as official state pet

Celebrity PSAs highlight bond with adopted pets; New Ohio law designates a shelter pet as official state pet

Each year, millions of homeless pets enter U.S. shelters and approximately two million dogs and cats are euthanized. This is a huge improvement since the 1970s when it was closer to 15 million, but it’s still too many. That’s why ending pet homelessness is a . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. reinstates safeguards to prevent wild horse and burro slaughter

Breaking news: U.S. reinstates safeguards to prevent wild horse and burro slaughter

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a major victory for our campaign to protect wild horses and burros, the United States this week reinstated important safeguards that will prevent unscrupulous kill buyers from purchasing large numbers of these iconic American animals and funneling them . . . 

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Horseracing Integrity Act will crack down on drugging, protect racehorses

Horseracing Integrity Act will crack down on drugging, protect racehorses

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In recent years, major professional sports have taken crucial steps to rid themselves of illegal doping in order to create a more level playing field and to protect athletes from the adverse effects of performance-enhancing drugs. But there has . . . 

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HSUS undercover investigation shows beagles being poisoned with pesticides and drugs, killed at animal testing lab

HSUS undercover investigation shows beagles being poisoned with pesticides and drugs, killed at animal testing lab

It’s the kind of video no dog lover would ever wish to see, but we are releasing it today because it’s important for you to know just what goes on at laboratories across the United States where dogs are poisoned – and killed – for . . . 

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Trophy hunting mountain lions can hurt ecosystems, increase conflict

Trophy hunting mountain lions can hurt ecosystems, increase conflict

Over the last three decades, 80,000 mountain lions have been killed for trophies, most of them from the western and midwestern United States. This unbridled and ongoing assault, perpetrated by trophy hunters and predator-control agents and enabled by state and federal legislators, doesn’t just hurt . . . 

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Efforts in Congress to help save critically endangered right whales

Efforts in Congress to help save critically endangered right whales

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson North Atlantic right whales, once decimated by whalers, have continued to face an onslaught of other threats to their survival in recent decades, including entanglement in commercial fishing gear, collision with large ships and climate change. These gentle giants, . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will issue a proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all of the lower 48 states, further jeopardizing animals in a fragile state of . . . 

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USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is . . . 

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Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Thousands of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats are kept in private homes and poorly run exhibits across the United States. These wild and dangerous animals are forced to spend their lives in inhumane conditions, locked up in . . . 

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Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Procter & Gamble, maker of popular household brands like Herbal Essences, Pantene and Head & Shoulders, today announced it will join with our #BeCrueltyFree campaign to ban all animal testing for its cosmetics products in major global markets by . . . 

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In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

Wyoming’s crusade to declare open season on grizzly bears hit an unprecedented low this week when Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a statute that gives state officials the authority to open a trophy hunting season on grizzly bears and relocate bears to other states . . . 

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