Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, do your job and protect giraffes, or we’ll see you in court

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, do your job and protect giraffes, or we’ll see you in court

It’s been more than three years since we filed a petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act from trophy hunting and other imminent threats to their survival. During this time, the agency has responded once . . . 

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Facebook bans fake accounts funded by trophy hunting groups

Facebook bans fake accounts funded by trophy hunting groups

Facebook’s recent takedown of dozens of troll accounts linked to a single marketing firm sheds new light on the intensely deceptive tactics used by trophy hunting groups to sell the public and politicians a bill of goods. Last week, the social media network announced it . . . 

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Corporations make rapid strides toward cage-free future

Corporations make rapid strides toward cage-free future

Recently, we recognized Barilla, the world’s largest pasta maker, and TOKS, one of Mexico’s most popular fast casual restaurants, with the Henry Spira Corporate Progress Awards. These companies both made the decision to source their eggs exclusively from cage-free suppliers, and then embraced that decision . . . 

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Maryland store’s license revoked for selling puppies in defiance of law; California closes loophole to end puppy mill sales

Maryland store’s license revoked for selling puppies in defiance of law; California closes loophole to end puppy mill sales

The Humane Society of the United States has helped pass laws to end the sale of puppies in pet stores in three states and more than 365 U.S. cities, counties and towns. But our work doesn’t end there. We also work to help ensure these . . . 

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Roadside zoo owner Doc Antle charged with animal cruelty, wildlife trafficking

Roadside zoo owner Doc Antle charged with animal cruelty, wildlife trafficking

Doc Antle, a notorious roadside zoo owner who has been on our radar for years, has been indicted on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking charges in Virginia. Attorney General Mark Herring announced the indictment today after a months-long investigation of the trafficking of lions between . . . 

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Breaking news: Mink on Wisconsin fur farm test positive for coronavirus, but U.S. inaction continues

Breaking news: Mink on Wisconsin fur farm test positive for coronavirus, but U.S. inaction continues

Mink have tested positive for the coronavirus on a fur farm in Wisconsin, the largest fur producing U.S. state. The news broke today even as media reports confirmed thousands of mink have died of the disease on fur farms in Utah, the first state to . . . 

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Breaking news: New Jersey proposes plan to end black bear trophy hunting

Breaking news: New Jersey proposes plan to end black bear trophy hunting

New Jersey’s governor wants no more black bear trophy hunts in the state on his watch. The New Jersey Fish and Game Council today proposed an amendment to the state’s 2021 bear management plan that would effectively suspend the annual black bear trophy hunt after . . . 

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Bills introduced in Congress to end U.S. trade in live wild animals for food

Bills introduced in Congress to end U.S. trade in live wild animals for food

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the terrible consequences of keeping live wild animals in cruel, unhealthy and unsuitable confinement in wildlife markets that slaughter and sell them for food. Bills introduced in Congress this week would position the United States as a global leader in . . . 

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Breaking news: Horse racing reform gallops to victory in U.S. House

Breaking news: Horse racing reform gallops to victory in U.S. House

The U.S. House has just voted to protect racehorses from dangerous but widespread practices within the racing industry, including the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs and poor attention to racetrack safety. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (H.R.1754), led by Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and . . . 

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Breaking news: Nordstrom to stop selling products made with fur and exotic animal skins

Breaking news: Nordstrom to stop selling products made with fur and exotic animal skins

Nordstrom, one of the country’s largest luxury fashion retailers, will stop selling products made with fur and exotic animal skins at all of its U.S. locations by the end of next year. Nordstrom joins a growing number of retailers like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s that have . . . 

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French bulldogs abandoned in airport warehouse highlight need for stronger enforcement against illegal puppy imports

French bulldogs abandoned in airport warehouse highlight need for stronger enforcement against illegal puppy imports

It was a heartbreaking incident, by any measure. In August, authorities found more than a dozen dogs, mostly French bulldogs, stranded for three days in their crates inside a warehouse at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. They had no food and water and the crates, witnesses say, . . . 

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China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

China urged to protect rhinos by ending trophy imports

In 2016, China made a historic decision to ban the trade in ivory and other elephant body parts, claiming a spot on the frontlines of the global war to end the trafficking of threatened species. But China is still the world’s second largest importer (after . . . 

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