Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
Talk Back: Horse Soring Investigation Shines a Light on Abuse
In the mid-1960s and early 1970s, there was a wave of federal lawmaking for animals, including such well-known statutes as the Animal Welfare Act (1966), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972), and the Endangered Species Act (1973). In 1970 came the Horse Protection Act. That . . .
A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes
Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to ban the trade in nine species of large, constricting snakes, a bill strongly backed by The HSUS.
Working for Animal Welfare in North Carolina
I’m in North Carolina this week, speaking at public events for The Bond, touring the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, visiting animal shelters, and meeting so many advocates committed to animal protection. North Carolina is a state at a crossroads with respect to animal welfare.
All Aflutter about New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens
Last night, National Public Radio aired a story about the unusual agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to support new legislation to improve the lives of laying hens. Yet the American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council are essentially saying they know more about egg production than egg producers.
California Downed Animal Law Struck Down, Hens Legislation Introduced
There has been big news today at the federal level―both bad and good―on farm animal policy.
Find Out Where Your State Stands for Animals
This week, we released our third annual “Humane State Ranking,” evaluating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their animal welfare policies. You can see where your state rated on our interactive map.
What Are Agribusiness Groups Trying to Hide with ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills?
So far this year, big agribusiness interests are pushing for the enactment of bills in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York to ban undercover anti-cruelty investigations on factory farms.
C Minus: Subpar Score for Obama Administration on Animal Welfare Issues
With three years completed in his term, President Barack Obama is moving decidedly in the wrong direction on animal welfare issues, earning a grade of “C-minus” for 2011 according to a Report Card produced by The Humane Society of the United States.
The HSUS’s Top 10 Victories for the Year
In 2011, The HSUS was named the number-one organization by Philanthropedia (part of GuideStar) in the latest rankings of national animal protection groups, based on the highest impact for animals. The rankings were compiled by outside experts throughout the field of animal protection—including shelter directors, . . .
Changing the World for Animals in 2012
A moral concern for animals is not a far-off, abstract, or ethereal concern. It’s as tangible as it gets—intersecting with so many aspects of our daily lives. We may see stray or homeless animals in our community, or learn of a case of malicious cruelty . . .