Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Cockfighting ban in U.S. territories takes effect tomorrow, despite resistance in Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Cockfighting ban in U.S. territories takes effect tomorrow, despite resistance in Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Tomorrow, a hard-won federal law goes into effect to close a loophole that allowed cockfighters to continue operating in U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We’ve strongly supported this law because it seeks to end a cruel practice that results . . . 

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U.S. should deny Trump Jr. permit to import endangered sheep trophy from Mongolia

U.S. should deny Trump Jr. permit to import endangered sheep trophy from Mongolia

Last week, news that Donald Trump Jr. had trophy hunted an argali sheep protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act during a trip to Mongolia outraged Americans. Just as outrageous was the revelation that this hunt, which took place last summer, was partially funded by . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts bans wildlife killing contests

BREAKING NEWS: Massachusetts bans wildlife killing contests

Massachusetts has just banned cruel wildlife killing contests, becoming the fifth state, after Vermont, California, New Mexico and Arizona, to take a firm stance against these gruesome events in which participants compete to win cash and prizes for killing the most or heaviest animals. The . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: CDC ties Petland to outbreaks of superbug illnesses in 13 states

BREAKING NEWS: CDC ties Petland to outbreaks of superbug illnesses in 13 states

Petland is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons, this time in connection with a multistate outbreak of a superbug that has sickened 30 people in 13 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that four people have been . . . 

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Urgent alert: Help us stop the USDA’s latest attempt to protect puppy millers, horse sorers

Urgent alert: Help us stop the USDA’s latest attempt to protect puppy millers, horse sorers

Recently, in a shocking move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to continue to conceal crucial animal welfare records from public view, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills, roadside zoos and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and related breeds . . . 

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In 2019, Macy’s, Prada and Queen Elizabeth II shunned the cruelty of fur

In 2019, Macy’s, Prada and Queen Elizabeth II shunned the cruelty of fur

The year 2019 saw many pioneering and major wins in our work to end the cruelty of fur, both here in the United States and across the globe. For the first time ever, lawmakers in a U.S. state voted to ban all fur sales and . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Cuomo signs bill making New York first U.S. state to ban giraffe trade

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Cuomo signs bill making New York first U.S. state to ban giraffe trade

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has just signed into law a groundbreaking bill that makes the Empire State the first in the nation—and the world—to designate giraffes as a vulnerable species and ban the trade in their body parts. The bill also offers similar . . . 

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HSLF and HSUS deliver big wins for animals in 2019: Our banner year in the nation’s capital

HSLF and HSUS deliver big wins for animals in 2019: Our banner year in the nation’s capital

Given the highly polarized atmosphere in Washington, DC, these days, our crucial bipartisan wins for animals in 2019 give great cause for celebration. Thanks to the support and engagement of countless Americans, we hit our marks this year. We succeeded in getting one of our . . . 

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Petland investigations, Macy’s fur-free announcement among most read blogs of 2019

Petland investigations, Macy’s fur-free announcement among most read blogs of 2019

Every day, I share on this blog news about the progress we are making for animals. I am grateful to the thousands of readers who like, share, comment on the posts, support us with your donations and take action to make the world a better . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House rejects amendment threatening protections for whales, dolphins

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House rejects amendment threatening protections for whales, dolphins

The U.S. House has just voted 259 to 160 to reject a bad amendment that would have placed some of America’s most critically endangered marine mammals at even greater risk for their lives while making it easier for oil and gas interests to conduct offshore . . . 

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In 2019, HSUS legal team secured crucial wins against trophy hunting, fur, puppy mills and farm animal suffering

In 2019, HSUS legal team secured crucial wins against trophy hunting, fur, puppy mills and farm animal suffering

Our Animal Protection Litigation team plays a critical role at the Humane Society of the United States, filing lawsuits and legal petitions to support our major campaigns, drafting language for state and federal animal protection bills and ballot measures, and defending animal protection laws once . . . 

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Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

The year 2019 saw some spectacular victories in our campaigning for farm animals around the world. We spearheaded successful campaigns in three U.S. states to pass laws against the use of cages for egg-laying hens. Our work to reduce meat consumption also advanced as we . . . 

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