Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

In a major win for America’s most imperiled wildlife, this week a U.S. federal judge voided a package of regulations enacted by the Trump administration that weakened the Endangered Species Act. We’ve been fighting these dangerous rollbacks since they were proposed. And as soon as . . . 

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Good news! Louisiana becomes 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

Good news! Louisiana becomes 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

In a victory for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats and all animals used for testing, Louisiana is the latest state to take steps to end the cruel and unnecessary use of animals to test cosmetics. Eight other states (California, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine, Hawaii . . . 

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Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

A lawsuit currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court will have enormous consequences for millions of animals across the country—and we have news about major developments, some of it positive and some disappointing. Regardless, the fight continues. First, some background: The pork industry . . . 

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It’s graduation season: Have you considered a career devoted to helping animals?

It’s graduation season: Have you considered a career devoted to helping animals?

When I joined the Humane Society of the United States back in 1992 as a legal investigator, I couldn’t have predicted that my career path would lead me to the role I serve now, as president and CEO of the HSUS and CEO of Humane . . . 

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Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

When a strain of bird flu sweeps through factory farms, where birds are tightly confined, the current “solution” involves immense cruelty. This is why it’s a genuine milestone in the fight against factory farming that the Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary and . . . 

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Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the 82 beagles languishing at Inotiv’s Mount Vernon, Indiana, laboratory that was the site of our recent undercover investigation. A Humane Society of the United States investigator found 80 beagle puppies being force-fed potentially toxic . . . 

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Our Taking Action for Animals conference returns to inform and inspire grassroots activism

Our Taking Action for Animals conference returns to inform and inspire grassroots activism

When you’re a passionate animal welfare advocate, you might sometimes feel like a bit of an outsider. Friends, family members and co-workers who don’t share your passion might not grasp why you spend your weekends trapping community cats to get spayed or neutered. Or why . . . 

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The time for Congress to act on horse soring, horse slaughter bills is now

The time for Congress to act on horse soring, horse slaughter bills is now

Update 6/23/22: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection voted today to advance two important horse protection bills, the SAFE and PAST Act. The Subcommittee voted in favor 22-0 for both bills and we look forward to further advancement to the Full Committee. . . . 

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Time is running out for dogs as testing lab refuses to release them

Time is running out for dogs as testing lab refuses to release them

5/16/22 Update: Over the last few days, 160 legislators from 32 states have co-signed a letter to the CEOs of Inotiv and Crinetics, urging the release of the dogs and pointing out that 14 states have approved legislation to authorize adoption of animals released by . . . 

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Tenth annual Horrible Hundred report shows progress, continuing problems with puppy mills

Tenth annual Horrible Hundred report shows progress, continuing problems with puppy mills

Duchess is a Havanese with a wardrobe of tiny, colorful dresses. Cooper is a senior golden retriever who still has a lot of spunk and likes to go on vacations with his family. Alis is a Weimaraner who jogs with her owner and loves to . . . 

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The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The norm on factory farms is to lock egg-laying hens, mother pigs and calves used for veal in cages so small they’re virtually immobilized. In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12, a historic ballot measure that banned the extreme confinement of these animals within the . . . 

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Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

It is a long way from the stable, paddock and winner’s circle at Churchill Downs to the dark, dank and bloody slaughterhouses in which tens of thousands of American horses meet their sad and pitiable end each year. Yet some former racehorses do make that . . . 

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