Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Major corporations, including Nestle and Arby’s, confirm they now use 100% cage-free eggs in U.S.

Major corporations, including Nestle and Arby’s, confirm they now use 100% cage-free eggs in U.S.

Confining chickens in cages where they cannot even spread their wings is one of the cruelest practices in industrial factory farming. That’s why we have made it our mission to free every last hen from such confinement. Recent announcements from some of the biggest corporations . . . 

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Utah allegedly didn’t disclose mink fur farm worker’s death due to COVID. Sweden suspends mink farming

Utah allegedly didn’t disclose mink fur farm worker’s death due to COVID. Sweden suspends mink farming

One more nation, Sweden, announced today that it will suspend all mink fur farming this year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and its mutations. Sweden’s announcement contrasted starkly with a media report in the United States this week, based on an open records . . . 

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Biden administration withdraws Trump-era plan for higher line speeds at chicken slaughterhouses

Biden administration withdraws Trump-era plan for higher line speeds at chicken slaughterhouses

The Biden administration has withdrawn a deplorable pending rule that would have allowed qualifying chicken slaughter plants in the United States to permanently dial up line speeds from an already inhumane and lightning-fast 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. The U.S. Department . . . 

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Our 100-day plan for animal protection under the Biden-Harris administration

Our 100-day plan for animal protection under the Biden-Harris administration

The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris heralds a new beginning. Most Americans are looking forward to putting the challenges of last year behind them. But many are still facing the difficulties of illness, unemployment and economic uncertainty because of the . . . 

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HSUS, allies sue Trump administration for delisting wolves

HSUS, allies sue Trump administration for delisting wolves

In October last year, the Trump administration stripped federal protections for wolves, giving state managers in the lower 48 states the ability to greenlight trophy hunting and trapping seasons on these animals. Today, we and our allies sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over . . . 

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Gorillas at zoo in San Diego test positive for coronavirus

Gorillas at zoo in San Diego test positive for coronavirus

Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in the first known cases of its transmission to non-human primates. The animals are believed to have contracted the virus from an asymptomatic zookeeper. This is distressing news on many levels. . . . 

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House members reintroduce bill to ban cub petting, keeping big cats as pets

House members reintroduce bill to ban cub petting, keeping big cats as pets

A bill that would prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards and ban the possession of these animals as pets was swiftly reintroduced in the U.S. House today, suggesting that the measure is poised for early action in Congress. The Big . . . 

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In its final days, Trump administration launches lame-duck attack on migratory birds

In its final days, Trump administration launches lame-duck attack on migratory birds

The Trump administration, in its final days, is attempting to undo crucial, century-old protections for migratory birds as a handout to the construction and oil and gas industries. A new rule published this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would exempt industries from . . . 

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Lawsuit over puppy that would cost $26,000 after interest exposes Petland’s deceptive sales and lending practices

Lawsuit over puppy that would cost $26,000 after interest exposes Petland’s deceptive sales and lending practices

A recent court case in Florida shines the spotlight on the questionable tactics Petland uses to dupe customers and make large profits off the sales of sick puppies—most of whom come from puppy mills. The case involved a Petland store in Plantation, Florida, which sold . . . 

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Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

On Dec. 31, Florida’s greyhound racetracks closed for good as a result of a ballot measure we helped pass with our partner groups in 2018. That win brought down what was once the stronghold of this “sport” and effectively sounded the death knell for greyhound . . . 

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Fostering human-wildlife coexistence, species by species and place by place, worldwide

Fostering human-wildlife coexistence, species by species and place by place, worldwide

Compassionate coexistence. It’s such a simple and worthy goal, yet it’s one of the areas in which the human aspiration to do right by wildlife still falls well short of what animals deserve. That’s why building global capacity and commitment for humane and effective approaches . . . 

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Proposed U.S. rule on critically endangered right whales is too weak to bring real change

Proposed U.S. rule on critically endangered right whales is too weak to bring real change

The National Marine Fisheries Service today released a proposed rule intended to reduce the risk of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales getting entangled in heavy ropes used in fishing gear such as that used for catching lobsters and crabs. Unfortunately, this long-anticipated rule falls . . . 

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