Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

From combating dogfighting to dog meat to battery cages, HSI drove change for animals around the globe in 2018

From combating dogfighting to dog meat to battery cages, HSI drove change for animals around the globe in 2018

Throughout 2018, Humane Society International has driven transformational changes for animals around the globe. Vietnam adopted animal welfare language for the first time in its history; Unilever supported a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics; the Indonesian government supported a ban on the dog . . . 

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American wolves need to be protected, not hunted

American wolves need to be protected, not hunted

American wolves are once again under urgent attack. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is readying a proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the entire continental United States, which would arrest the recovery of these animals and banish them forever to . . . 

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Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

Breaking news: WTO rules to protect dolphins from tuna fishing fleets

The World Trade Organization delivered a decisive victory today to protect dolphins in one of the longest-running global fights for animal welfare. All tuna sold in the United States with the dolphin-safe label must be caught using methods designed to protect dolphins from harm. Fishing . . . 

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Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: New Jersey becomes first state to adopt a sweeping ban on wild animals in circuses

New Jersey has made history by becoming the first state in the country to ban the use of numerous wild animal species, including elephants, tigers, lions, bears and primates, in circuses and traveling shows. Governor Phil Murphy today signed into law a measure that recognizes . . . 

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Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

Breaking news: Farm Bill clears Congress; House votes to protect pets from domestic violence, outlaw dog meat and prevent animal fighting in U.S. territories

The U.S. House has just passed the Farm Bill, and we’re celebrating great wins for animals. Most importantly, the bill does not contain the reckless King amendment, which could have nullified state and local laws that address, among other issues, prohibiting horse slaughter for food, . . . 

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HSUS asks feds to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride’s misleading claims about its chickens

HSUS asks feds to investigate Pilgrim’s Pride’s misleading claims about its chickens

Today, the Humane Society of the United States asked the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency charged with protecting consumers, to investigate allegedly deceptive marketing claims made by Pilgrim’s Pride, the second largest chicken producer in the United States, which wrongly leads consumers to believe . . . 

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Breaking news: Senate approves Farm Bill minus King amendment; includes major wins for animals

Breaking news: Senate approves Farm Bill minus King amendment; includes major wins for animals

Update! The U.S. Senate has just voted to approve the Farm Bill by a vote of 87 to 13. The bill did not include the dreaded King amendment that had the potential to nullify important state and local laws protecting animals, but senators approved three . . . 

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HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

HSUS, HSI and partners sue U.S. over failure to protect giraffes

Giraffes are in desperate need of protection. There are fewer giraffes than elephants now in the wild, and if we are to protect these gentle and beautiful animals from going extinct, we need to act fast to keep them out of the sights of trophy . . . 

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A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2018

A Humane Nation’s top 10 blogs of 2018

This year has seen incredible wins for animals despite a steady onslaught of Congressional threats and agency rollbacks. On the one hand, there have been attempts to roll back protections for wild animals, like native carnivores in Alaska, and attacks on the Endangered Species Act. . . . 

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Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

Historic win in California caps a year of major progress for farm animals

The year 2018 was a historic one for farm animals, with California passing the strongest law against farm animal confinement in the world. We successfully campaigned to protect chickens in the meat industry—moving major US companies to adopt comprehensive welfare reforms and spotlighting those lagging . . . 

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A trophy hunter kills a beloved Yellowstone wolf, even as attacks on wolves in Congress intensify

A trophy hunter kills a beloved Yellowstone wolf, even as attacks on wolves in Congress intensify

The disturbing trophy killing of an iconic wolf from Yellowstone National Park is a grim reminder that American carnivores are under serious threat, with the states they live in doing precious little to protect them and the U.S. House voting just this month to strip . . . 

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New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

New Vietnam law mandates humane treatment of farm animals

One of the biggest obstacles Humane Society International faces is the frequent lack of comprehensive animal welfare laws within some of the countries in which we work. While we don’t let this stop us from pushing forward with the means and tools available to us, . . . 

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