Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

Breaking: Texas tiger arrives at our animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch

If you’ve been online at all in the past week, chances are you’ve seen the footage of an alarmed off-duty police officer pointing a gun at an approaching tiger in a sleepy residential neighborhood in Houston. The tiger’s name is India and, after a mysterious . . . 

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How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

How you can help puppy mill dogs right now

Earlier this week, we released our Horrible Hundred report, a roundup of 100 puppy mills that keep churning out dogs in dismal conditions to be sold through pet stores, flea markets and websites across the country. This report gained headlines in top local media outlets, . . . 

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Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

Documents reveal USDA skipping inspections at animal laboratories

The U.S. Department of Agriculture secretly implemented a new procedure in 2019 to skirt its responsibility to animals at some research laboratories, documents obtained by Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Clinic and covered in Science Magazine, reveal. While dogs, rabbits, primates and other . . . 

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Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

Our Horrible Hundred report exposes 100 puppy mills that sell to pet stores and online

What dog lovers don’t know about where their beloved puppies come from can hurt them. When puppies are born to emaciated, sick or injured dogs in cramped and dirty wire cages, the physical and mental toll can extend throughout their lives, impacting their behavior and . . . 

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South Africa to clamp down on exploitative captive lion industry

South Africa to clamp down on exploitative captive lion industry

A key panel appointed by the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in South Africa recommends banning captive lion breeding and the commercial trade of lion parts such as lion skeletons. Humane Society International/Africa has been a key player in the campaign to phase . . . 

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NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

The New Yorker broke a story yesterday about the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, attempting to kill an endangered elephant in Botswana. The newly released footage exemplifies the blithe depravity of trophy hunting. The video shows LaPierre’s botched attempt to kill an . . . 

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Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

We all know what dogs love: a comfortable napping spot, a romp in the grass, a kind touch and the safety and security of a caring environment. But thousands of dogs in commercial breeding operations licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell to . . . 

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Arkansas ‘Working Animals’ bill jeopardizes animals and citizens. Here’s why.

Arkansas ‘Working Animals’ bill jeopardizes animals and citizens. Here’s why.

One of the most successful political channels through which advocates have been able to take a stand for animals in recent years is by securing the passage of local ordinances to regulate or end practices associated with animal cruelty and suffering. But vested interests in . . . 

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Idaho lawmakers on verge of sanctioning a carnage of 90% of the state’s wolves

Idaho lawmakers on verge of sanctioning a carnage of 90% of the state’s wolves

UPDATE (5/7/21): Despite overwhelming opposition from Idaho residents, professional wildlife biologists and managers and state fish and game commissioners, Gov. Brad Little signed S. 1211 into law on May 5. We urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to uphold its obligations to review and . . . 

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House revives bill to end shark fin trade that passed during last session

House revives bill to end shark fin trade that passed during last session

A bill to end all commercial trade in the United States of shark fins and shark fin products was reintroduced in the U.S. House today. The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 2811, already enjoys great support in Congress and a previous version passed the . . . 

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Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets advances in Nevada

Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets advances in Nevada

Nevada, one of the last remaining states without a ban on the ownership of exotic wild animals as pets, is now moving to pass a law to do exactly that. A bill, SB 344, recently passed the Senate and now awaits action in the Assembly. . . . 

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U.S. finalizes critical habitat protections for endangered humpback whales

U.S. finalizes critical habitat protections for endangered humpback whales

The United States has finalized a rule to protect key ocean habitats used by endangered humpback whales as they migrate and feed in the waters off the U.S. west coast. This is a tremendous development and one we hope will help speed the recovery of . . . 

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