Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

Man charged in leopard mauling incident is a notorious backyard breeder of primates

A backyard breeder of primates who has been on our radar for years was in the news this week for an incident that defies all common sense. Michael Poggi, who runs his operation from his home in Florida, charged a man $150 in August for . . . 

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Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

Kentucky voters say a decisive ‘yes’ to legislation ending walking horse soring

An overwhelming majority of Kentucky voters oppose horse soring—the intentional infliction of pain on the hooves and legs of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds—and want Congress to end it, according to the results of a new poll we are releasing today. Seventy-eight percent of . . . 

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San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

San Antonio, Texas, cuts puppy-mill-pet-store pipeline

In a sweeping victory, San Antonio, Texas, voted last night to prohibit the sale of commercially raised puppies and kittens in pet stores. The city is home to one Petland and three other puppy-selling stores, and it has been a focal point in our work . . . 

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Breaking news: The U.S. just delisted gray wolves so trophy hunters can kill them

Breaking news: The U.S. just delisted gray wolves so trophy hunters can kill them

In a heinous move that defies both science and common sense, the United States has prematurely lifted federal protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states, giving them carte blanche to open trophy hunting seasons on these beloved native carnivores. The Department of the . . . 

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Breaking news: Wellesley, Massachusetts votes to ban fur sales, first U.S. city outside California to do so

Breaking news: Wellesley, Massachusetts votes to ban fur sales, first U.S. city outside California to do so

Wellesley, Massachusetts, has said a resounding “no” to fur. The town voted 140 to 64 last night (with two abstentions) to pass a ban on new fur sales, proposed by Liza Oliver, a district leader volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States. If . . . 

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The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

The U.S. is allowing trophy hunters to bring home hundreds of leopard trophies. We are suing to stop that

The number of leopards in sub-Saharan Africa has plummeted by 30% in just the last 20 years, putting the future of these unique animals in jeopardy. Yet the U.S. government continues to allow Americans to import nearly 300 leopard trophies a year. Today, the Humane . . . 

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Greyhound racing is all but dead as Florida prepares for its final races

Greyhound racing is all but dead as Florida prepares for its final races

With a historic law we helped pass that bans greyhound racing in Florida about to take effect at the beginning of 2021, the last three remaining racetracks in the state have announced the dates for their final races in December. It would not be a . . . 

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Congress moves to strengthen fight against wildlife trafficking, trade in wild animals for food

Congress moves to strengthen fight against wildlife trafficking, trade in wild animals for food

The trade in live wild animals and their body parts threatens the survival of so many wildlife species, and it poses serious global security and public health risks. In a one-two punch targeting this international crisis, members of Congress have introduced bills that would bolster . . . 

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Urgent! US Fish and Wildlife Service goes rogue with proposal for baiting and trophy hunting of brown bears, and you can help us stop it

Urgent! US Fish and Wildlife Service goes rogue with proposal for baiting and trophy hunting of brown bears, and you can help us stop it

With a proposal to permit the killing of brown bears over bait in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has “gone rogue.” The USFWS and its parent agency, the Department of the Interior, are way over on the dark . . . 

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Another right whale on the ropes: entanglement means extinction

Another right whale on the ropes: entanglement means extinction

Our National Marine Fisheries Service, slow to take action, really shouldn’t need a prompt about the fierce urgency of now when it comes to protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Still, a new reminder has come with the tragic sighting last week of . . . 

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Tell Missouri to trash its black bear hunt proposal; it’s based on research funded by Safari Club

Tell Missouri to trash its black bear hunt proposal; it’s based on research funded by Safari Club

Missouri’s proposal to open season on black bears has the trophy hunting industry’s fingerprints all over it. But the state’s residents now have a chance to voice their opposition to it. The Missouri Department of Conservation has just opened formal public comment on this ill-conceived . . . 

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Victory! Federal court rejects challenge to Prop 12

Victory! Federal court rejects challenge to Prop 12

December 23, 2020 UPDATE: Since this blog was posted, the North American Meat Institute petitioned the Ninth Circuit to try to get its case reheard en banc (by a full panel of the Court). Today, the Ninth Circuit unanimously rejected the Institute’s request to rehear . . . 

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