Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Moments ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by signing into law two landmark bills: one banning the sale and production of all new fur products in California, and another prohibiting the trophy hunting of bobcats in his state. California, . . . 

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Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Breaking news: European court upholds strong protections for wolves

Europe’s highest court has ruled that wolves in the European Union cannot be hunted, except in the rarest cases where member countries can prove there is no other option to end human-wolf conflict. The European Court of Justice ruling followed a challenge to a decision . . . 

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South Dakota will allow trophy hunters to kill 30 percent of its mountain lions

South Dakota will allow trophy hunters to kill 30 percent of its mountain lions

South Dakota has a notorious history of mismanaging its mountain lion population and playing into the hands of trophy hunters. In past years, the Mount Rushmore state has repeatedly increased its hunting quota for the animals, despite evidence that its lion population is on the . . . 

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Breaking news: Department of Justice defends federal cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Guam

Breaking news: Department of Justice defends federal cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Guam

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The federal government has filed a brief strongly defending a law that would expand the ban on cockfighting in the United States to Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories. Cockfighters seeking to overturn the ban have challenged it . . . 

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Gov. Inslee says killing wolves over livestock conflicts is not working for Washington

Gov. Inslee says killing wolves over livestock conflicts is not working for Washington

Wolves in northeastern Washington, under the gun because of reported conflicts with cattle ranchers, have found a powerful ally. This week, Gov. Jay Inslee weighed in on his state’s controversial killings of more than two dozen wolves in this region in recent years. In a . . . 

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Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Today, the New York Times reported on Airbnb’s new featured offering of “animal experiences,” which will have an ethical focus and will ban any direct contact with wild animals. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision by TripAdvisor, reported just yesterday, to stop . . . 

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Senator introduces bills to restrict private possession of big cats, primates

Senator introduces bills to restrict private possession of big cats, primates

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Ten years ago, Americans were stunned by a pet chimpanzee’s vicious attack on a Connecticut woman, Charla Nash. The animal bit off Nash’s fingers and toes, tore off most of her face, and left her fighting for her life. . . . 

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A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

A week of successes for wildlife as key Senate committees vote up funding, protections for wild horses and burros, whales and elephants

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A number of important bills are now making their way through Congress, and this week has been a particularly successful one for wildlife and especially for elephants, rhinos, wolves, wild horses, burros and right whales. Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations . . . 

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New York proposes to crack down on private ownership of capuchin monkeys, arctic foxes, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife

New York proposes to crack down on private ownership of capuchin monkeys, arctic foxes, raccoons, skunks and other wildlife

In recent years, our nation has witnessed an epidemic of people acquiring exotic wildlife as pets. Wild animals, including lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees, monkeys, venomous snakes, alligators and other dangerous species are readily available from breeders and even over the Internet. In private hands, these . . . 

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Breaking news: 17 states sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

Breaking news: 17 states sue Trump administration for weakening Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Today, 17 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and New York City filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from making harmful changes to how the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal . . . 

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Delta bans pit-bull-type dogs while more U.S. localities move to end breed discrimination

Delta bans pit-bull-type dogs while more U.S. localities move to end breed discrimination

This week, Delta Airlines announced it will discontinue its ban on emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. However, in a retrogressive move, the airline said it will continue to prohibit pit-bull-type dogs on its airplanes. Delta’s decision fails to acknowledge what scientists . . . 

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Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

So many of us were saddened this week to learn about the death of Beulah the elephant, who spent most of her 54 years in captivity and chains, working for a Connecticut-based traveling petting zoo. Beulah was just six years old when she was sold . . . 

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