Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Illinois stands up for African elephants and rhinos

Illinois stands up for African elephants and rhinos

African elephants and rhinos are under the gun; literally. More than 30,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are slaughtered by poachers every year for their tusks and horns, respectively. The reason for this war on some of Africa’s most iconic and beloved wildlife is that people . . . 

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Massachusetts passes historic comprehensive anti-cruelty law

Massachusetts passes historic comprehensive anti-cruelty law

As a Massachusetts native, I’m excited about my home state’s latest positive action for animal protection, the passage of a comprehensive omnibus anti-cruelty bill, “PAWS II,” a few days ago by both chambers of the state legislature. PAWS II, which awaits the signature of Governor . . . 

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Lawsuit seeks to evict foxes from Interior’s henhouse

Lawsuit seeks to evict foxes from Interior’s henhouse

Americans expect their government to conduct its affairs with transparency and fairness, and certainly not in the manner of the proverbial smoke-filled backroom. That’s certainly our view, and that’s why we’ve consistently challenged attempts by the USDA and other federal agencies to withhold data and . . . 

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Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

What many commentators have cast as President Trump’s predilection for trade wars has certainly caused consternation and even outrage as it has became clear that more tariffs on exports of American farm products would result in major losses for the agricultural sector. That was especially . . . 

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Animal cruelty could be warning behavior for future terrorist acts, new report says

Animal cruelty could be warning behavior for future terrorist acts, new report says

The link between crimes involving cruelty to animals and human violence has been well documented and long recognized by the nation’s top law enforcement groups, including the FBI and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Now, a new report warns that animal abuse crimes could signal warning . . . 

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A new journey of hope begins for animals rescued from Mississippi house of horrors

A new journey of hope begins for animals rescued from Mississippi house of horrors

It is a moving photograph, and one that shows just how strong an animal can be in the midst of immense suffering. A dog, missing most of her hair coat, stares into the camera with one blue eye and one brown. She is curious but . . . 

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Let’s seize the moment for animal protection

Let’s seize the moment for animal protection

The annual Taking Action for Animals Conference, organized by the Humane Society of the United States with the Humane Society Legislative Fund and other supportive organizations, concluded today with hundreds of participants lobbying their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and discussing important animal protection . . . 

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Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

The National Pork Producers Council, the main lobbying group for the pork industry, will not get its hands on two $3 million payouts from a mandatory checkoff fund that pork producers, including small family farmers, are forced to pay into each year. The Trump administration . . . 

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Breaking: Trump administration proposes new changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

Breaking: Trump administration proposes new changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson During the past year and a half, the Trump administration and the 115th Congress have launched over a hundred attacks on the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal species and their habitats. Today, . . . 

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On World Chimpanzee Day, let’s celebrate progress and seek a better future for our ‘closest cousins’

On World Chimpanzee Day, let’s celebrate progress and seek a better future for our ‘closest cousins’

When Dr. Jane Goodall went to Africa to study wild chimpanzees exactly 58 years ago today, she embarked on a career that forever changed the way the world views chimpanzees. Over time, learning of the threats to chimpanzees in both captivity and the wild, Dr. . . . 

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