Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Right whales are now ‘critically endangered’—just a step away from extinction

Right whales are now ‘critically endangered’—just a step away from extinction

In late June, the body of a dead North Atlantic right whale calf was found floating off the coast of New Jersey—a victim of two boat strikes, according to a preliminary analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. While this would have been a . . . 

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Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

Spending bills move up in Congress, with provisions for gray wolves, non-animal testing methods and ending wildlife markets

Provisions for funding programs to protect wild horses and burros, gray wolves, animals used in research and testing, as well as elephants and lions, who are commonly the target of American trophy hunters, were among several animal welfare measures approved this week by House appropriations . . . 

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Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

Run, Bruno, run from Missouri

For a few days now, Bruno the bear has been something of a celebrity around the world. Hundreds of people have flocked to catch a glimpse of this wandering bear who is reported to have walked to Missouri all the way from Wisconsin, journeying through . . . 

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Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

A federal appeals court has agreed that Yellowstone grizzly bears should continue to receive protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, ensuring that these iconic American carnivores will not be hunted for trophies. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous opinion today upholding . . . 

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Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

Mississippi passes bill making animal torture an automatic felony; Iowa is now the only outlier in nation

We have good news to share from Mississippi and Iowa, the only two states in the nation without a law on the books that would make acts of animal torture, like burning, drowning and intentional starvation, an automatic felony. Recently, Mississippi’s state legislature passed a . . . 

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Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

Breaking news: Nation’s top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

Three years ago, Americans were stunned to learn that puppies and adult dogs were being subjected to gruesome surgeries, induced heart attacks and other invasive procedures, and then being euthanized, as part of taxpayer-funded medical experiments being carried out at the McGuire Medical Center in . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

The U.S. House has just approved provisions that would make highways safer for wildlife to cross and create safer conditions to transport horses across the country, as part of the Moving Forward Act, a package of reforms designed to restore America’s aging infrastructure. The measures . . . 

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Breaking news: Colorado becomes seventh U.S. state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking news: Colorado becomes seventh U.S. state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Colorado has just banned cages for egg-laying chickens and will require that eggs produced and sold in the state be cage-free. The bill, which passed both chambers of the state legislature in June, was signed moments ago by Gov. Jared Polis. The new law will . . . 

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Putting an end to lion trophy hunting in memory of Cecil

Putting an end to lion trophy hunting in memory of Cecil

The killing of Cecil the lion five years this week ago by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe triggered worldwide outrage. Father of a pride, lured with an elephant carcass, wounded by an arrow, he suffered for hours before being killed by gunshot. As it . . . 

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Key Congressional committee holds hearing on bill that restricts keeping primates as pets

Key Congressional committee holds hearing on bill that restricts keeping primates as pets

In Arizona, a woman’s marmoset monkey attacked her newborn grandchild, scratching and biting the baby’s face and splitting open one nostril. In New York, a neighbor’s pet capuchin monkey bit off a 22-month-old girl’s finger when the child stuck her fingers through a backyard fence. . . . 

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Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

Breaking news: Dutch parliament votes to permanently close mink fur farms

The Dutch parliament has voted to permanently shut down an estimated 128 mink fur farms in the wake of coronavirus outbreaks on 17 of these farms since April. If approved by the Dutch government, the decision would bring a welcome end to the cruel business . . . 

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Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

Tragedy highlights Canada’s puppy mills problem

A tragic story from Canada underscores the vast, global scale of the puppy mill problem, and how important it is that we root it out wherever it exists. On June 13th, a Ukraine International Airlines flight carrying approximately 500 puppies, including at least 200 French . . . 

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