Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .