Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

In 2020, more corporations, governments moved to end cosmetics testing on animals

In 2020, more corporations, governments moved to end cosmetics testing on animals

Hundreds of beauty companies around the globe—including our market leading partners Unilever, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Avon, Lush and a growing number of cosmetic ingredient suppliers—now support an end to cosmetics animal testing. Forty countries have passed laws to ban or limit such tests, as . . . 

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Victory! Omnibus signed into law over weekend has major wins on horse racing, slaughter and soring

Victory! Omnibus signed into law over weekend has major wins on horse racing, slaughter and soring

With the signing of the omnibus bill this past weekend, U.S. federal law now includes critical protections for horses we have fought hard for over many years. These include measures to stop the widespread drugging of racehorses and provide increased track safety, keep horse slaughter . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

The appropriations bill and accompanying coronavirus relief/stimulus package for fiscal year 2021 now advancing through Congress will bring critical and much-needed support to millions of Americans. We are also pleased to report that the package, which funds federal agencies, includes a number of wins for . . . 

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In 2020, we dismantled more cruel cages on factory farms and set new records for egg-laying hens

In 2020, we dismantled more cruel cages on factory farms and set new records for egg-laying hens

We have made remarkable progress in our work to end cruel cage confinement of farm animals during 2020. As a result, millions more animals around the world will no longer face lives of abject misery in tiny cages and crates on massive factory farms that . . . 

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Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

Mink living in the wild near Utah fur farm tests positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end fur farming

A mink living in the wild near an infected Utah fur farm has tested positive for the coronavirus, providing yet another pressing reason why the United States needs to end all mink fur farming without further delay. While it is not clear if the infected . . . 

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Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

Breaking news: Missouri votes to open first black bear trophy hunt in decades

Missouri, a state that once nearly wiped out its black bear population, has clearly failed to learn from its mistakes. This morning, the four-member Missouri Department of Conservation Commission, made up of political appointees, voted unanimously to allow trophy hunters to kill its black bears . . . 

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In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

In 2020, we helped disband a trophy hunters’ advisory panel, retained protections for grizzly bears and ended more wildlife killing contests

Trophy hunting is a cruel and dangerous pastime that is pushing some of the world’s most iconic animals closer to extinction, and the Humane Society family of organizations has put our might behind stopping it. In the past four years we have encountered tremendous challenges . . . 

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Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

Missouri to vote this Friday on opening black bear hunt

The Missouri state wildlife commission will vote this Friday on whether to allow trophy hunters to target the state’s small and still-recovering black bear population. If the proposal passes, up to 500 individuals could get permits to kill bears, including cubs unaccompanied by their mothers. . . . 

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In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

In 2020 we continued to make advances against puppy mills with new laws, enforcement and closures

Despite the pandemic, our fight against puppy mills continued full throttle in 2020. We won several important legal and legislative battles against these commercial enterprises that keep large numbers of dogs in sordid conditions, and we continued to raise awareness about problem mills through our . . . 

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Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

Dropping demand put fur in free fall in 2020

The year 2020 has seen phenomenal progress in our work to end the use of fur. Nations moved to announce an end to fur production and/or sales, citing the “immoral” nature of this trade that results in the suffering and death of millions of animals . . . 

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Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

The Department of Transportation has just finalized a rule that prohibits airlines from banning pit-bull-type dogs and certain other breeds from serving as service animals on flights. The Humane Society family of organizations has long opposed breed bans because they are unscientific and discriminate against . . . 

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Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

Commercial fishing gear has driven right whales to the brink of extinction. We are asking the U.S. for emergency protections

With fewer than 360 North Atlantic right whales surviving on earth today, the clock is ticking for these marine mammals. Today, the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund, along with our coalition partners, asked the National Marine Fisheries Service to . . . 

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