Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China has sent out conflicting messages over the past few weeks over its decision to lift a 1993 ban on the sale of tiger bones and rhino horns for medicinal use. Last month, its government formally rescinded the ban, and then earlier this week, a . . . 

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Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund take on the big fights: the ones that have the greatest long-term impact for the most animals. On Election Day, we prevailed once again with two decisive and historic victories, one for . . . 

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California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

Tomorrow, citizens in California and Florida will vote on critical animal protection measures with profound and lasting implications for humane work. In California, a virtual army of Humane Society of the United States staff members and volunteers are making the case for a ballot measure . . . 

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Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Last month, Americans reacted with horror and outrage when an Idaho game commission official, Blake Fischer, circulated a photo that showed him smiling next to a family of baboons, including youngsters, he had killed on a hunting trip in Namibia. To most of us, it . . . 

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Canada should do the right thing by right whales

Canada should do the right thing by right whales

North Atlantic right whales are among the most critically endangered animals on the planet today. There are fewer than 440 left on earth, and their mortality rates are high: at least 20 individual right whales died in U.S. and Canadian waters during 2017 and 2018 . . . 

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Urgent alert! Act now to stop cruel hunting methods to kill wolves, bears on national lands in Alaska

Urgent alert! Act now to stop cruel hunting methods to kill wolves, bears on national lands in Alaska

We need your help urgently to stop a proposal that would roll back an Obama-era regulation prohibiting cruel and controversial trophy hunting and predator control methods on 20 million acres of national preserve lands in Alaska. These practices, condemned by most Americans, include killing hibernating . . . 

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HSUS, other advocacy groups sue to stop sale of California wild horses to slaughter

HSUS, other advocacy groups sue to stop sale of California wild horses to slaughter

The Humane Society of the United States, joined by several other organizations, is suing to stop the U.S. Forest Service from carrying out a plan that could result in the sale of wild horses, now being rounded up in California, to slaughter. Earlier this month, . . . 

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As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

Greyhound racing is a bleak and sordid enterprise for the animals. The dogs are confined 20-23 hours a day in stacked, warehouse-style metal cages barely large enough for them to turn around in, and death rates on the tracks are high. In Florida alone, one . . . 

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Despite efforts to thwart the process, NIH says it will retire chimpanzees to sanctuary

Despite efforts to thwart the process, NIH says it will retire chimpanzees to sanctuary

The National Institutes of Health says it remains committed to retiring nearly 255 federally owned or supported chimpanzees to a sanctuary. This announcement, made late last week, is a favorable development in a long-running, and sometimes rocky, saga that has been unfolding ever since we . . . 

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USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

In early 2017, with a new administration in office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deleted its online public database containing thousands of pages of records that the public and animal protection groups depended on to monitor Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act violations. These . . . 

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