Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Update 3/15/2022: President Biden signed the appropriations package into law. Humane advocates often look to the passage of animal-friendly legislation as the strongest measure of progress in our work at the federal level, and clearly, good laws are important. But a nation that cares for . . . 

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As President Biden addresses the state of the union, we continue to push for progress for animals

As President Biden addresses the state of the union, we continue to push for progress for animals

During his years in the Senate, now-President Joe Biden supported dozens of animal welfare measures, including legislation to require dolphin-safe labeling on tuna, stop canned hunts, annually prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to fund federal inspection and approval of meat at horse slaughterhouses (effectively . . . 

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Kentucky Derby winner’s disqualification highlights ongoing need for horse racing reform

Kentucky Derby winner’s disqualification highlights ongoing need for horse racing reform

The regulatory system in horse racing has been broken for years, and public confidence in the sport continues to wane. This week’s news that Medina Spirit is being stripped of his 2021 Kentucky Derby win is yet another blow. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on . . . 

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Federal judge restores critical protections for many gray wolves, ending states’ cruel and irresponsible management

Federal judge restores critical protections for many gray wolves, ending states’ cruel and irresponsible management

Wolves across most of the continental United States must have Endangered Species Act protections restored, a federal judge ruled yesterday, effectively prohibiting trophy hunting of the species across most of the country. This tremendous victory is the result of a lawsuit filed by the Humane . . . 

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Key wildlife priorities advance in the House

Key wildlife priorities advance in the House

It is the dream of a better world for animals that inspires our work, but it is action that will get us there, and that’s what made Friday’s events on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives momentous. All at once, in a single . . . 

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Here’s how to become an animal advocate in your state and why it’s important

Here’s how to become an animal advocate in your state and why it’s important

The road to a more humane and just society for animals is paved by many hands and hearts doing many different kinds of work: Sheltering and finding loving homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals in local communities; tending to sick and injured animals, . . . 

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To save wolves, the US government must act now 

To save wolves, the US government must act now 

We are fighting hard right now for wolves with legal petitions, lawsuits and lobbying pressure designed to protect this most besieged wildlife species. This is a perilous time as one state after another has surrendered to trophy hunters and special interest groups seeking to kill wolves. At . . . 

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Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

Exposed: Virginia wildlife killing contest where 600 animals were slaughtered in just 2 days

Today, we released the grisly findings of three undercover investigations into wildlife killing contests in Virginia, including the largest contest held east of the Mississippi River. The heartbreaking callousness and carnage our investigators saw at the weigh-ins of the three contests, which took place over . . . 

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Trophy hunters celebrate their kills in Las Vegas despite overwhelming public opposition

Trophy hunters celebrate their kills in Las Vegas despite overwhelming public opposition

A new poll shows that more than 75% of Americans oppose trophy hunting, and 82% oppose the trophy hunting and import of African lions and elephants, both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Notwithstanding this evidence of public opposition to trophy hunting, a . . . 

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Colorado lawmakers are trying to save wild cats by banning trophy hunting

Colorado lawmakers are trying to save wild cats by banning trophy hunting

Earlier this month, an emaciated mountain lion found his way into a condominium complex in Vail, Colorado. Images show a very scared, skinny cat with light spots, indicating that he was still very young and not old enough to survive on his own. This mountain . . . 

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Tiger King takeaway: It’s time to end big cat breeding and trafficking

Tiger King takeaway: It’s time to end big cat breeding and trafficking

The original “Tiger King” Netflix series was a pandemic phenomenon with a train-wreck fascination for millions of viewers and a whole cast of unsavory characters. But the sideshow weirdness of the personalities involved kept many viewers from focusing on the big cat industry’s epidemic of cruelty.  . . . 

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Good news to start 2022: These new laws are now in place to protect animals

Good news to start 2022: These new laws are now in place to protect animals

We begin our work in 2022 encouraged by the knowledge that a handful of significant animal protection laws at the state level have now taken effect across the country. That makes for a great start to a year in which we hope to extend the . . . 

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