Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

Wyoming says wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter and hunting guide

In a troubling lapse of moral accountability, a Wyoming state board will allow a man who killed a female wolf in the Grand Teton National Park and then dragged her body out of the park in violation of federal law to continue operating as a . . . 

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Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

Two former Petland managers charged with animal cruelty following HSUS undercover investigation

Police in Fairfax, Virginia, announced yesterday that they have charged two former managers of a Petland store with animal cruelty on the heels of an undercover investigation we released in April. Our investigation disclosed a pile of dead rabbits in the store’s freezer, and Petland . . . 

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Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

Breaking news: USDA eliminates speed limits for killing pigs at slaughterhouses

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Slaughterhouses in the United States are already allowed to kill pigs at a lightning speed of up to 1,106 animals per hour. Under a new federal rule announced today, some of these facilities can dial up those speeds even . . . 

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Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

Justify’s story highlights urgent need to root out doping and self-policing from horseracing industry

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The saga of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, recently chronicled in a New York Times article, provides one of the most compelling arguments yet for reform in the horseracing industry and in particular for ending the massive leeway the . . . 

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Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

Lions are in danger of extinction, but the U.S. will reward a trophy hunter who killed one with an import permit for the animal’s body parts

For the first time since 2016, when the United States protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, the Trump administration will allow an American trophy hunter to bring home the body parts of a lion he killed in Tanzania. This is the second such instance . . . 

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