Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

The year 2018 was a historic one for farm animals, with California passing the strongest law against farm animal confinement in the world. We successfully campaigned to protect chickens in the meat industry—moving major US companies to adopt comprehensive welfare reforms and spotlighting those lagging . . . 

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A trophy hunter kills a beloved Yellowstone wolf, even as attacks on wolves in Congress intensify

A trophy hunter kills a beloved Yellowstone wolf, even as attacks on wolves in Congress intensify

The disturbing trophy killing of an iconic wolf from Yellowstone National Park is a grim reminder that American carnivores are under serious threat, with the states they live in doing precious little to protect them and the U.S. House voting just this month to strip . . . 

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New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

One of the biggest obstacles Humane Society International faces is the frequent lack of comprehensive animal welfare laws within some of the countries in which we work. While we don’t let this stop us from pushing forward with the means and tools available to us, . . . 

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Breaking news: House votes to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves

Breaking news: House votes to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves

In a shameless move that puts at risk one of America’s most valued and iconic native carnivores, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in the continental United States. The bill, which passed today by a . . . 

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Urgent alert! Act now to stop major threat to wolves in Congress

Urgent alert! Act now to stop major threat to wolves in Congress

Congress will act this Friday on a bill that poses a terrible threat to wolves, and we urgently need your help to stop it. The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the Manage our Wolves Act, H.R. 6784 – a bill that . . . 

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China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China should not lift 25-year ban on tiger and rhino parts trade

China has sent out conflicting messages over the past few weeks over its decision to lift a 1993 ban on the sale of tiger bones and rhino horns for medicinal use. Last month, its government formally rescinded the ban, and then earlier this week, a . . . 

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Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

Historic wins for farm animals in California, greyhounds in Florida

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund take on the big fights: the ones that have the greatest long-term impact for the most animals. On Election Day, we prevailed once again with two decisive and historic victories, one for . . . 

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California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

California and Florida cast crucial votes tomorrow on farm animals, greyhounds

Tomorrow, citizens in California and Florida will vote on critical animal protection measures with profound and lasting implications for humane work. In California, a virtual army of Humane Society of the United States staff members and volunteers are making the case for a ballot measure . . . 

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Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Americans kill 80 percent of trophy-hunted primates – more than 800 each year

Last month, Americans reacted with horror and outrage when an Idaho game commission official, Blake Fischer, circulated a photo that showed him smiling next to a family of baboons, including youngsters, he had killed on a hunting trip in Namibia. To most of us, it . . . 

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Canada should do the right thing by right whales

Canada should do the right thing by right whales

North Atlantic right whales are among the most critically endangered animals on the planet today. There are fewer than 440 left on earth, and their mortality rates are high: at least 20 individual right whales died in U.S. and Canadian waters during 2017 and 2018 . . . 

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Urgent alert! Act now to stop cruel hunting methods to kill wolves, bears on national lands in Alaska

Urgent alert! Act now to stop cruel hunting methods to kill wolves, bears on national lands in Alaska

We need your help urgently to stop a proposal that would roll back an Obama-era regulation prohibiting cruel and controversial trophy hunting and predator control methods on 20 million acres of national preserve lands in Alaska. These practices, condemned by most Americans, include killing hibernating . . . 

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HSUS, other advocacy groups sue to stop sale of California wild horses to slaughter

HSUS, other advocacy groups sue to stop sale of California wild horses to slaughter

The Humane Society of the United States, joined by several other organizations, is suing to stop the U.S. Forest Service from carrying out a plan that could result in the sale of wild horses, now being rounded up in California, to slaughter. Earlier this month, . . . 

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