Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

State and federal inspections of puppy mills have been scaled back or, in some cases, have ground to a halt during the pandemic. As a result, dogs in these operations have been left without the most basic protections under the law. This is even more . . . 

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Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

Breaking news: Maryland lawmakers ban wildlife killing contests

Maryland legislators have just passed a bill banning wildlife killing contests—cruel events where participants compete to win cash and prizes for killing the most or the heaviest animals. The vote comes just over a year after we did an undercover investigation of such contests in . . . 

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California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

As a bill to outlaw chemical tests on dogs that are not required by law advances in California, we are releasing a new poll today that shows overwhelming support among the state’s residents for ending such procedures. The poll, commissioned by the Humane Society of . . . 

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In HSI’s ‘Save Ralph,’ a lovable spokesbunny makes a case for ending cosmetics animal testing

In HSI’s ‘Save Ralph,’ a lovable spokesbunny makes a case for ending cosmetics animal testing

Animals used by the cosmetics testing industry have long suffered in silence. But they now have a new spokesbunny, Ralph, who is telling it like it is. “Save Ralph” is a powerful stop-motion animation short film featuring Oscar winner Taika Waititi as the voice of . . . 

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In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

In Michigan and other states, wildlife managers appease trophy hunters at great cost to wildlife

Most Americans do not support the wanton killing of wolves and other wildlife by trophy hunters and want them protected. But state wildlife managers, instead of respecting the majority and the science, are often eager to appease a shrinking population of trophy hunters and trappers. . . . 

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Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

Breaking news: U.S. says grizzly bears should remain protected under Endangered Species Act

Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states should retain their current protections under the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the primary federal agency that makes decisions on the conservation of wildlife species. This is encouraging news for these native . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Animals are on a winning streak. Over just the last two days, we’ve had four terrific victories in U.S. federal courts that pave the way for progress for millions of animals. These include wildlife in the United States and overseas most often targeted by trophy . . . 

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Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

A federal district court has cleared the way for our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s irresponsible and dangerous plans for responding to outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as the “bird flu.” The agency’s current plans, which we and our allies . . . 

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African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

African elephants are just a step or two away from extinction, new report warns

Scientists and conservationists have long warned about drastic drops in African elephant populations because of habitat loss, conflicts with humans and poaching for ivory. Trophy hunters exacerbate the problem by mowing elephants down for fun. Yesterday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature sounded a . . . 

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Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Colorado, Idaho make reckless decisions to persecute bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife

Each year, trophy hunters and trappers kill around 2,000 of Colorado’s bobcats, either for fun or to sell their furs overseas, usually in Russian and Chinese markets. The animals are hunted down with radio-collared dogs and shot at point-blank range, or they are trapped in . . . 

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Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Utah has just passed a law prohibiting the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny wire enclosures known as “battery cages,” becoming the eighth U.S. state to do so. Just moments ago, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—marking another . . . 

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New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

New HSI investigation reveals appalling cruelty on fur farms

The dreadful cruelty of fur production is on display in video footage we are releasing today, as part of a Humane Society International investigation of 13 fur farms in China. The graphic video shows a worker at a fur farm stabbing raccoon dogs with a . . . 

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