Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

As crucial Florida greyhound vote looms, Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson support Amendment 13

Greyhound racing is a bleak and sordid enterprise for the animals. The dogs are confined 20-23 hours a day in stacked, warehouse-style metal cages barely large enough for them to turn around in, and death rates on the tracks are high. In Florida alone, one . . . 

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Despite efforts to thwart the process, NIH says it will retire chimpanzees to sanctuary

Despite efforts to thwart the process, NIH says it will retire chimpanzees to sanctuary

The National Institutes of Health says it remains committed to retiring nearly 255 federally owned or supported chimpanzees to a sanctuary. This announcement, made late last week, is a favorable development in a long-running, and sometimes rocky, saga that has been unfolding ever since we . . . 

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USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

In early 2017, with a new administration in office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deleted its online public database containing thousands of pages of records that the public and animal protection groups depended on to monitor Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act violations. These . . . 

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HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

Each year, American trophy hunters import a staggering 126,000 hunting trophies into the United States. This includes elephants and lions – animals whose numbers in the wild are in decline. That’s right. These animals, listed as threatened with extinction under federal law, are killed, taxidermied . . . 

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Mexico City moves to ban bullfighting

Mexico City moves to ban bullfighting

Bullfighting, even when it masquerades as celebration or tradition, is nothing more that the most egregious cruelty to animals. Frightened bulls are forced into an arena with screaming people, pitted against matadors wielding spears, and then stabbed multiple times before they die a slow, agonizing . . . 

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U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

A federal agency yesterday started removing nearly 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden territory in California’s Modoc National Forest. Animals more than 10 years old who are not adopted could be sold to “kill buyers” for a dollar and then end up in a . . . 

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Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

During her recent trip to Africa, first lady Melania Trump made more than a few headlines while spending time in the company of wild animals. She fed a baby elephant at an elephant orphanage and went on a safari in Kenya, snapping photographs of zebras, . . . 

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Delta, Congress move to improve airline travel for pets

Delta, Congress move to improve airline travel for pets

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, many residents were faced with a choice they should never have to make: fly to safety while leaving their pets behind to face the storm alone, or stay home and risk their own — and their pets’ . . . 

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Ohio’s new puppy mills law, one of the strongest in nation, takes effect today

Ohio’s new puppy mills law, one of the strongest in nation, takes effect today

Starting today, commercial breeders in Ohio can no longer cram dogs into cages that are stacked on top of each other and deprive animals of basic necessities, like space to move, exercise and access to veterinary care. A pathbreaking new law that goes into effect . . . 

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Hawaii leads with a historic decision to ban tigers, elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses

Hawaii leads with a historic decision to ban tigers, elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses

In a landmark decision this week, Hawaii has moved to ban dangerous wild animals, including tigers, lions, bears, primates, elephants and crocodiles, from being brought into the state to perform in circuses, carnivals and other public exhibitions. This regulation, approved by the Hawaii Board of . . . 

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One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

Less than 24 hours after a court order restored Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, the mischief in Washington, D.C. has begun again. The ink was hardly dry on Judge Dana Christensen’s order before Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last night advanced . . . 

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Victory! Court restores Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

Victory! Court restores Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

Yellowstone’s grizzly bears cannot be hunted for trophies, a federal court ruled last night, restoring Endangered Species Act protections for these iconic animals, and shutting down plans by Wyoming and Idaho to open a trophy-hunting season – the first in the continental United States since . . . 

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