Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

In a troubling lapse of moral accountability, a Wyoming state board will allow a man who killed a female wolf in the Grand Teton National Park and then dragged her body out of the park in violation of federal law to continue operating as a . . . 

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Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

Police in Fairfax, Virginia, announced yesterday that they have charged two former managers of a Petland store with animal cruelty on the heels of an undercover investigation we released in April. Our investigation disclosed a pile of dead rabbits in the store’s freezer, and Petland . . . 

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Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Slaughterhouses in the United States are already allowed to kill pigs at a lightning speed of up to 1,106 animals per hour. Under a new federal rule announced today, some of these facilities can dial up those speeds even . . . 

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Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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Breaking news: California lawmakers ban fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

Breaking news: California lawmakers ban fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Update: The bill to ban fur sales has also passed the concurrence committee and will now head to the governor’s desk for his signature. In two historic votes for animals, California lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban fur sales . . . 

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Breaking news: EPA moves to end animal testing

Breaking news: EPA moves to end animal testing

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a landmark announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to end all animal testing on dogs, mice, rabbits and other mammals for chemicals and pesticides in coming years. Instead, the agency will focus on investing in . . . 

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As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

As Massachusetts considers an ivory trade ban, HSUS/HSI investigation uncovers thriving market for ivory in state

An undercover investigation from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International has ​unearthed a thriving market for elephant ivory products in Massachusetts, as lawmakers there consider a bill that would ban the ivory trade within the state. Our investigators visited the . . . 

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At Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, repeat soring offenders win championship, ribbons

At Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, repeat soring offenders win championship, ribbons

It is a scenario that would be impossible to fathom anywhere other than within the bizarre world of walking horse competitions. Last Saturday, at the annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, the event’s top honor of World Grand Champion went to a horse, I’m Mayhem, trained . . . 

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U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

U.S. says Michigan businessman who killed critically endangered black rhino can bring his trophy home

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson An American trophy hunter who killed a black rhino in Namibia will receive the Trump administration’s consent to bring his spoils home. This is the third time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a permit to import . . . 

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Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

Arizona today banned all wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants vie for cash and prizes for killing the most or heaviest animals within a specific . . . 

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Six puppy mills cited in Horrible Hundred report close doors

Six puppy mills cited in Horrible Hundred report close doors

Despite a steep decline in our government’s oversight of businesses like puppy mills, our own work to shut down these ruthless enterprises that profit from the suffering of innocent animals continues to charge ahead. I am thrilled to report that just since the release of . . . 

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