Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label

Breaking news: USDA abandons rule on higher welfare standards for animals raised under organics label

Despite strong public support for the measure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule that established clear and meaningful protections and higher animal welfare standards for farm animals raised under the organics label. The USDA delayed implementation of the rule three times before yesterday’s announcement that it would formally withdraw the rule. This . . . 

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Breaking news: Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

Breaking news: Jury finds New Hampshire Great Dane breeder guilty of animal cruelty

In a huge victory in our ongoing fight against commercial breeders who neglect and mistreat the animals in their care, a New Hampshire jury today found a woman who kept 84 Great Danes in filthy conditions inside a New Hampshire mansion guilty on 17 counts of animal cruelty. This is a fitting end to a . . . 

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Something’s rotten at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Something’s rotten at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Most Americans learned about the trophy killing fringe group Safari Club International for the first time in July 2015. That’s when one of its members, Walter Palmer, killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, leaving the poor creature in agonizing mortal pain for at least 10 hours before deigning to finish him off. A new book . . . 

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California ballot measure would set a new precedent for farm animal welfare across the globe

California ballot measure would set a new precedent for farm animal welfare across the globe

In just six weeks, The HSUS and a coalition of leading farm animal protection organizations will deliver the signatures needed to launch a California ballot measure that The Guardian described as “History in the making.” That’s fitting, because the ballot and referendum process is a true gem of American politics, a chance for citizens to . . . 

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Defying Trump, Fish and Wildlife Service reverses ban on ‘horror show’ of elephant and lion trophy imports

Defying Trump, Fish and Wildlife Service reverses ban on ‘horror show’ of elephant and lion trophy imports

In a total departure from the position taken by President Trump in November when he called trophy hunting a “horror show,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has lifted existing bans on the import of elephant and lion trophies from certain African countries, and has signaled it will approve such imports on a case by . . . 

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Breaking news: The HSUS achieves a ceasefire in the war on native carnivores

Breaking news: The HSUS achieves a ceasefire in the war on native carnivores

The HSUS has long opposed the war on wildlife waged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services agency, a wrongheaded and wasteful program that kills millions of animals each year, often with the use of indiscriminate weapons like steel-jawed leghold traps and poisons like “cyanide bombs.” The cost of this cruel killing is borne . . . 

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In Ohio, the nation’s second worst puppy mill state, The HSUS steps up

In Ohio, the nation’s second worst puppy mill state, The HSUS steps up

The HSUS and partner groups are supporting a ballot initiative in Ohio to improve conditions for tens of thousands of dogs held in commercial breeding facilities in the state. A recent puppy mill rescue in the state highlighted, once again, the great need for such protections. On January 3, the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office pulled . . . 

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Help us keep the pressure on USDA to prevent outsourcing of animal welfare inspections

Help us keep the pressure on USDA to prevent outsourcing of animal welfare inspections

Last month, we told you about a disastrous plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider allowing some third-party inspections of certain regulated businesses, such as puppy mills, zoos, aquariums, and animal research labs, to determine which facilities warrant agency oversight. The plan could essentially allow these industries to police themselves when it comes . . . 

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Florida and Georgia lawmakers make shameful attempts to protect puppy mills

Florida and Georgia lawmakers make shameful attempts to protect puppy mills

Staff members of the HSUS puppy mills campaign frequently hear from individuals who have had bad experiences with dogs sourced from puppy mills. For example, they heard from a pet owner who had bought an English bulldog puppy from a pet store in Miami. The owner reported being told to return to the store a . . . 

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States need to be more proactive in stopping spread of chronic wasting disease among deer

States need to be more proactive in stopping spread of chronic wasting disease among deer

Captive deer farms are breeding grounds for the deadly chronic wasting disease, which has now spread to 24 states. While some states have wisely banned such facilities, others have done nothing, even as the disease spreads and costs taxpayers millions of dollars in response efforts. On the blog today, I have invited Samantha Hagio, director . . . 

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