Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

In a major win in the fight against cruel puppy mills, Illinois’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed the Humane Pet Store Bill (HB 1711) into law. The state’s 21 puppy-selling pet stores have 180 days from August 27, the date the bill was signed, to . . . 

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In major win for animals, Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics

In major win for animals, Mexico bans animal testing for cosmetics

Even in our age of advanced technologies, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats continue to have chemicals and substances forced down their throats, dripped into their eyes or slathered on their skin to satisfy new regulatory demands that undercut progress against cosmetic animal testing. That’s . . . 

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What ending the eviction moratorium could mean for families with pets

What ending the eviction moratorium could mean for families with pets

Update 8/27/21: the Supreme Court issued an opinion yesterday ending the CDC order which extended the eviction moratorium in areas of substantial and high transmission of COVID-19 until October 3, 2021. The Humane Society family of organizations remains concerned about what this could mean for . . . 

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Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Breaking: Judges unanimously reject pork industry challenge to landmark farm animal law

Today, a three-judge panel in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously denied an attempt by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation to strike down California’s Proposition 12, considered the strongest farm animal protection law in . . . 

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Why food system reform must include animals

Why food system reform must include animals

The newly released Rockefeller Foundation report, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” strengthens the case for substantial reform of animal agriculture in the U.S. and elsewhere. The primary purpose of the report is to demonstrate that the $1.1 . . . 

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Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

Victory! These US states just made great progress for animals

One of the ways we make a difference for animals is by working on the state and local levels to secure the passage of laws that prevent cruel and inhumane practices that threaten animals—from puppies born in massive puppy mills to coyotes and foxes at . . . 

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The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

The narrative about sharks needs to change—before it’s too late

A bad reputation can mean the difference between life and death for animals, and nowhere is this clearer than for sharks. Sharks may be depicted as terrifying animals in films like “Jaws,” but the true tale of horror is how humans have treated shark species . . . 

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The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

The decades-long fight to save America’s lion

For some, freedom means the right to use nature, even to the point of destruction. Others view freedom as involving an enormous duty to present and future generations: to protect native wild species and their habitats that make America one of the world’s most fascinating . . . 

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Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

Has trophy hunting changed since the death of Cecil the lion?

It has been six years since the death of Cecil, a male lion who was a popular individual for wildlife viewing tourists visiting Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The heartbreaking details of the hunt that killed Cecil made international headlines: Cecil was lured out of . . . 

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Breaking: US House passes amendments to transportation bill containing big wins for animals

Breaking: US House passes amendments to transportation bill containing big wins for animals

Update 7/1/2021: The INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 221 to 201. We urge the U.S. Senate to include the House amendments in their version of the bill and pass it swiftly in order . . . 

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Breaking: Supreme Court rejects meat industry challenge to historic farm animal law

Breaking: Supreme Court rejects meat industry challenge to historic farm animal law

Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to take the North American Meat Institute’s appeal of its lawsuit challenging Proposition 12, widely considered the world’s strongest law for farm animal protection. Proposition 12 bans the extreme confinement of egg-laying chickens, mother pigs and baby calves . . . 

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The painful practice of ‘horse soring’ has no place in society

The painful practice of ‘horse soring’ has no place in society

Update 10/1/2021: The PAST Act has now been reintroduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 5441) with 213 cosponsors. We hope that this is finally the beginning of the end of the extremely cruel practice of horse soring. The myriad forms of animal cruelty make . . . 

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