Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

Breaking news: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes stripping federal protections for wolves

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will issue a proposed rule to strip Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in all of the lower 48 states, further jeopardizing animals in a fragile state of . . . 

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USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is . . . 

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Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

Bill in Congress would ban private ownership of tigers, lions and other big cats

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Thousands of tigers, lions, leopards and other big cats are kept in private homes and poorly run exhibits across the United States. These wild and dangerous animals are forced to spend their lives in inhumane conditions, locked up in . . . 

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Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

Procter & Gamble, maker of Pantene and Herbal Essences, joins fight to end animal testing for cosmetics

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Procter & Gamble, maker of popular household brands like Herbal Essences, Pantene and Head & Shoulders, today announced it will join with our #BeCrueltyFree campaign to ban all animal testing for its cosmetics products in major global markets by . . . 

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In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

In defiance of federal law, Wyoming passes illegal statute to allow grizzly bear hunts

Wyoming’s crusade to declare open season on grizzly bears hit an unprecedented low this week when Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a statute that gives state officials the authority to open a trophy hunting season on grizzly bears and relocate bears to other states . . . 

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Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

Advocates step up the fight against puppy mills in localities, states across the nation

On a recent cold and rainy Friday, Victoria, a striking 11-year-old German Shepherd, sat in a wagon, draped in a purple blanket, outside the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Victoria’s story was a telling one: she was a puppy mill breeding . . . 

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Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

Fish and Wildlife Service fails in its mission to protect critically endangered species

The other day, the Washington Post’s Pam Constable published a story about a wealthy American hunter who paid $110,000 for the right to kill a rare and magnificent mountain goat in Pakistan. There are just several thousand markhors alive, so it’s hard to see how . . . 

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Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

Tiger found in an abandoned Houston home underscores dire need for state and federal legislation

When it comes to the private ownership of captive tigers in the United States, you just can’t make this stuff up. Through the years, we’ve seen reports of tigers kept in apartments, tigers in garages, tigers in gas stations, tigers in tattoo parlors, tigers in . . . 

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Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

Bill in Congress will require puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses to have emergency plans to protect animals during disasters

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson Weather-related disasters such as floods and wildfires are occurring more frequently and with increasing intensity across the United States. While there is a federal law that requires state and local authorities to consider household pets and service animals in . . . 

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Bipartisan bill in Congress will crack down on puppy mill cruelty

Bipartisan bill in Congress will crack down on puppy mill cruelty

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives today introduced a bill to crack down on puppy mill cruelty by closing loopholes in the law that allow problem breeders with severe and multiple Animal Welfare Act violations to continue doing business . . . 

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The state of the animal union under the Trump administration

The state of the animal union under the Trump administration

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his State of the Union address today, it’s a good time to take stock of how his administration has dealt with animal protection issues of interest to us at the Humane Society . . . 

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Petland behind attempts to stop localities from banning puppy mill sales in pet stores

Petland behind attempts to stop localities from banning puppy mill sales in pet stores

Hundreds of localities now ban the sales of dogs from puppy mills in pet stores because of how cruelly the breeders, transporters and pet stores treat the animals in their care. Our puppy mills campaign has been leading this fight and last month we released . . . 

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