Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

A federal district court has cleared the way for our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s irresponsible and dangerous plans for responding to outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as the “bird flu.” The agency’s current plans, which we and our allies . . . 

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African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

Scientists and conservationists have long warned about drastic drops in African elephant populations because of habitat loss, conflicts with humans and poaching for ivory. Trophy hunters exacerbate the problem by mowing elephants down for fun. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature sounded a . . . 

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Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Each year, trophy hunters and trappers kill around 2,000 of Colorado’s bobcats, either for fun or to sell their furs overseas, usually in Russian and Chinese markets. The animals are hunted down with radio-collared dogs and shot at point-blank range, or they are trapped in . . . 

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Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Utah has just passed a law prohibiting the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny wire enclosures known as “battery cages,” becoming the eighth U.S. state to do so. Just moments ago, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—marking another . . . 

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New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

The dreadful cruelty of fur production is on display in video footage we are releasing today, as part of a Humane Society International investigation of 13 fur farms in China. The graphic video shows a worker at a fur farm stabbing raccoon dogs with a . . . 

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Breaking news: Virginia governor signs bill ending new cosmetics animal testing

Breaking news: Virginia governor signs bill ending new cosmetics animal testing

Virginia’s Gov. Ralph Northam has just signed into law bills that would ban new cosmetics animal testing and sales of animal-tested cosmetics in his state. Virginia joins three U.S. states that already have similar laws on their books. In 2018 California became the first state . . . 

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Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

Slaughterhouses are hotspots for the coronavirus, with tens of thousands of infections reported among American workers since the onset of the pandemic last year. Yet, appallingly, at the height of the crisis last spring, the Trump administration ordered that these facilities should remain open. To . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

Breaking news: Congress just passed the COVID relief package with funding for activities that would improve animal welfare

The COVID relief package Congress just passed includes a number of provisions that will improve surveillance and inspection of trades where animals often endure acute suffering and that also tend to be hotbeds for disease spread. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is primarily . . . 

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Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

Victory! Court says New York’s ban on ivory, rhino horn sales will stay

A federal court in New York has rejected a challenge by trade groups to the state’s landmark ban on elephant ivory and rhino horn sales. The ruling is not just a win for these beleaguered animals, whose numbers in the wild are dropping at an . . . 

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Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Austin is the latest city to ban cat declawing. More cities, states consider ending the harmful practice

Cat declawing – the practice of surgically removing a cat’s claws — is a cruel procedure that can be likened to having the last bone of each of your toes amputated. It is unnecessary because there are more humane ways to keep cats from scratching . . . 

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Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

Trophy hunters have slaughtered nearly 1,400 bobcats in Illinois since 2015. A new bill would stop the carnage.

Since Illinois reopened its bobcat hunts in 2015, after a 40-year hiatus, trophy hunters and trappers have killed nearly 1,400 bobcats using some of the cruelest methods imaginable, like steel-jawed leghold traps. These devices are so painful that the animals sometimes gnaw through their own . . . 

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Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

Some Iowa lawmakers push a bad bill to benefit puppy mills, roadside zoos

A dangerous bill in Iowa threatens to undo decades of progress for animals in the state, including dogs suffering in puppy mills and wild animals in traveling exhibits. The bill, SF 483, introduced by Sen. Dan Zumbach, ostensibly seeks to prevent cities and counties from . . . 

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