Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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New Jersey lawmakers ban shark fin sales; 14th U.S. state to crack down on the trade

New Jersey lawmakers ban shark fin sales; 14th U.S. state to crack down on the trade

New Jersey could soon join the growing ranks of states that have banned the inhumane shark fin trade. A bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins last night passed the Assembly, and is now on its way to the governor’s desk for his . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump signs PACT Act; law will crack down on some of the worst animal cruelty crimes

Starting today, those who commit the most extreme acts of cruelty against animals will face severe federal penalties. President Trump has just signed into law the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act that authorizes the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

A California judge has rejected an attempt by the meat lobby to stop Proposition 12, the state’s historic law that would ban the extreme cage confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and baby veal calves, from going into effect. This is an important win for . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

BREAKING NEWS: New Mexico votes to end trapping of cougars

New Mexico will no longer allow trophy hunters to prey upon its cougars with cruel snares and leghold traps. The State Game Commission just now voted to pass a proposal that would end all recreational trapping of these majestic animals, as well as limit trophy . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

BREAKING NEWS: Michigan passes law ending cages for hens; first Midwestern state to do so

Moments ago, Michigan passed into law a ban on the production and sale of eggs from chickens locked in cruel cages. This is a remarkable and historic moment in our work to end the cage confinement of farm animals. Michigan is a major Midwestern agriculture . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

BREAKING NEWS: House votes to end shark fin sales in the U.S.

The U.S. House just said a decisive and resounding “no” to the terrible shark fin trade, in which fishermen cut the fins off sharks and dump them back into the waters to drown, be eaten alive by other fish, or bleed to death. House members . . . 

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Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step . . . 

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USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

USDA moves to permanently hide animal welfare records on puppy mills, walking horse shows and other regulated businesses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to permanently conceal crucial animal welfare records, including inspection reports and enforcement records of puppy mills and horse shows where Tennessee walking horses and other related breeds are vulnerable to the heinous practice of soring. Last month, the agency . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. For decades they have been poached indiscriminately throughout their range in Africa and Asia, driving their numbers in the wild to dangerously low levels. That’s why, four years ago, the Humane Society of the United . . . 

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