Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Horse deaths at Santa Anita underscore need for racing reform nationwide

Horse deaths at Santa Anita underscore need for racing reform nationwide

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The number of horses dying at the Santa Anita racetrack in California since December 2018 has led to widespread concern in the horseracing world and beyond, and prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to call for closing the racetrack until . . . 

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Instead of cleaning house, Petland wages a losing battle against puppy mill reform

Instead of cleaning house, Petland wages a losing battle against puppy mill reform

Our eight-month investigation into six Petland stores has revealed heartbreaking stories of puppy mistreatment and deaths. It has led to hundreds of customers contacting us with personal stories of buying animals from Petland, only to have them fall sick and even die; it has caused . . . 

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Oregon passes controversial plan to set the stage for trophy hunting of wolves

Oregon passes controversial plan to set the stage for trophy hunting of wolves

Oregon has just made it easier for trophy hunters and trappers to go after the state’s small population of wolves. In a move strenuously opposed by scientists, environmentalists and animal protection groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday updated its Wolf Conservation and . . . 

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Breaking news: Canada bans captivity of whales and dolphins for entertainment

Breaking news: Canada bans captivity of whales and dolphins for entertainment

In a powerful affirmation of the rising global tide against the use of marine animals in performing acts, Canadian lawmakers today voted to end the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises for entertainment. The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act or the “Free . . . 

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China takes a step toward joining global cruelty-free cosmetics revolution

China takes a step toward joining global cruelty-free cosmetics revolution

China has, for a long time, been on the sidelines of the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Animal tests have, in fact, been a legal requirement for many types of cosmetics made and imported into China, and authorities have traditionally required pre-market . . . 

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No science behind war on wolves, coyotes

No science behind war on wolves, coyotes

Scientists have long cautioned against the indiscriminate hunting of wolves because of the harmful effects it can have on the natural balance of an ecosystem. But this has not stopped states or the federal government from conducting a war on these beautiful native carnivores. The . . . 

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In a first for the nation, New York State lawmakers vote to ban cat declawing

In a first for the nation, New York State lawmakers vote to ban cat declawing

New York State lawmakers yesterday said a resounding “no” to the declawing of cats. Many well-meaning cat owners over the years have chosen to pay for this surgery, but we now know with certainty that it is the cause of tremendous suffering and behavioral problems . . . 

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Breaking news: Key House committee, federal court direct USDA to release crucial animal welfare records

Breaking news: Key House committee, federal court direct USDA to release crucial animal welfare records

The House appropriations committee has just issued a clear directive to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reinstate full public access to animal welfare inspection reports and other records that show how businesses like roadside zoos and puppy mills, and research facilities that do invasive . . . 

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10 states now encourage adoption of research dogs into loving homes

10 states now encourage adoption of research dogs into loving homes

It is a bleak life for the approximately 60,000 dogs and 20,000 cats used in testing and research in U.S. laboratories each year. In March, we revealed the sad plight of some of these animals when we did an undercover investigation at a contract laboratory . . . 

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Alert! Last chance to comment on USDA rule to reform puppy mills

Alert! Last chance to comment on USDA rule to reform puppy mills

There has been an incredible response to our Horrible Hundred report on problem puppy mills and to our Petland investigation, both released this month. Tens of thousands of you have shared our blog posts on social media, and many have written to us with your . . . 

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Breaking news: Botswana lifts trophy hunting ban on elephants

Breaking news: Botswana lifts trophy hunting ban on elephants

In a senseless step backward, the southern African nation of Botswana yesterday announced it will once again allow trophy hunters to prey upon its natural bounty of wildlife, including its iconic elephants. The move, reported in the media as a political ploy by President Mokgweetsi . . . 

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Spending bills move up in Congress, with progress for wild horses and burros, wolves and other wildlife

Spending bills move up in Congress, with progress for wild horses and burros, wolves and other wildlife

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson As the U.S. Congress takes up the business of funding federal programs, some good news for animals has emerged. Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved two Fiscal Year 2020 bills that cover funding for the Department of the Interior, . . . 

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