Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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How wild animals won against trophy hunters in 2021

How wild animals won against trophy hunters in 2021

Every year that passes sees hundreds of thousands of wild animals in the U.S. and around the world killed by trophy hunters, whose main motivation is to display whole animals or their body parts for bragging rights. Given all the threats facing wild animals, including . . . 

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Major progress for animals in laboratories in 2021 signals a more humane future

Major progress for animals in laboratories in 2021 signals a more humane future

The world is moving toward a future dominated by sophisticated methods that use human cells, tissues and organs, 3D printing, robotics, computer models and other technologies to create approaches to testing and research that do not rely on animals. These methods are often faster, less . . . 

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Breaking: Massachusetts passes law to end cruel, immobilizing cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking: Massachusetts passes law to end cruel, immobilizing cages for egg-laying hens

Today, we celebrate great progress for egg-laying hens, which caps off a year of wins for farm animals across the country. Here’s some background about what just happened for hens in Massachusetts: In 2016, the Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of . . . 

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Breaking: Italy to shut down all fur farms and permanently ban fur farming

Breaking: Italy to shut down all fur farms and permanently ban fur farming

A major win for animals in Italy caps off a year of remarkable progress toward a fur-free future. Today, the Italian Senate Budget Committee approved an amendment that will shutter the country’s 10 remaining fur farms within six months and enact a permanent ban on . . . 

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Win! Puppy mills slammed with major setbacks in 2021, spelling a brighter future for dogs

Win! Puppy mills slammed with major setbacks in 2021, spelling a brighter future for dogs

It’s no secret that puppy and kitten mills treat dog and cat mothers and fathers like moneymaking machines, bred over and over with little to no regard for their health or well-being. It is simply no way for a dog or cat to live. The . . . 

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