Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

In February, 1,500 trophy hunters took to the frigid woods of Wisconsin, armed with guns, traps, neck snares and packs of hounds, in what would be Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The destruction and killing they perpetrated over the next 60 hours revealed . . . 

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Breaking: Nevada becomes 9th state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking: Nevada becomes 9th state to ban cages for egg-laying hens

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak just signed a bill into law making Nevada the ninth state to ban the sale of eggs that come from hens in cages. The measure also bans the cage confinement of egg-laying hens in the state. Most hens used in the . . . 

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Standing up for marine animals is the perfect way to celebrate World Oceans Day

Standing up for marine animals is the perfect way to celebrate World Oceans Day

Fewer than 400 North Atlantic right whales remain on our planet; fins from 73 million sharks are traded every year; warming waters render habitats increasingly unlivable for animals once at home there. Clearly, the status quo for the animals of our oceans urgently needs to . . . 

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Breaking: Biden administration takes steps to strengthen the Endangered Species Act

Breaking: Biden administration takes steps to strengthen the Endangered Species Act

Today, the Biden administration announced it will take the needed ax to some of the Trump-era regulations that undermined the Endangered Species Act, and made a promise to revise others. This is a decisive move toward undoing the damage done by the previous administration to . . . 

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Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

Beagle rescued from testing lab ‘is just so happy to be free’

A beautiful story came out over the weekend in the Washington Post about an 11-year-old beagle named Hammy. Adopted in 2013 after living in a research laboratory for his first four years of life, Hammy became the beloved pup of journalist Melanie D.G. Kaplan. As . . . 

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Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

Drug scandal haunts the welfare of racehorses as Belmont Stakes approaches

Update 6/2/2021: The split sample test has confirmed that Kentucky Derby champion Medina Spirit had betamethasone in his system, according to the New York Times. So far, the 2021 Triple Crown season has produced astonishing proof of how badly horse racing needs further regulation to . . . 

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The federal government must protect gray wolves before it’s too late

The federal government must protect gray wolves before it’s too late

We just filed a legal petition urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The wolves in this region are in grave danger due to new laws passed in Idaho and . . . 

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How special interest groups are destroying the gray wolf

How special interest groups are destroying the gray wolf

Gray wolves used to thrive in most states in the U.S. and across Europe. Because of trophy hunting and habitat loss, wolves were extirpated from most states in the U.S. until the 1970s, when gray wolves were listed as an endangered species under the Endangered . . . 

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The time to stop horse slaughter is now. Here’s why.

The time to stop horse slaughter is now. Here’s why.

Last Saturday, Americans tuned in to watch the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown. On the same day, the New York Times exposed horrific details of our country’s wild horses ending up at slaughter plants in other nations; Americans who . . . 

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Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

If you’ve been online at all in the past week, chances are you’ve seen the footage of an alarmed off-duty police officer pointing a gun at an approaching tiger in a sleepy residential neighborhood in Houston. The tiger’s name is India and, after a mysterious . . . 

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How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

Earlier this week, we released our Horrible Hundred report, a roundup of 100 puppy mills that keep churning out dogs in dismal conditions to be sold through pet stores, flea markets and websites across the country. This report gained headlines in top local media outlets, . . . 

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Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

The U.S. Department of Agriculture secretly implemented a new procedure in 2019 to skirt its responsibility to animals at some research laboratories, documents obtained by Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Clinic and covered in Science Magazine, reveal. While dogs, rabbits, primates and other . . . 

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