Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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Undercover investigation exposes grisly cruelty at Oregon wildlife killing contest; lawmakers move to ban such events in the state

Undercover investigation exposes grisly cruelty at Oregon wildlife killing contest; lawmakers move to ban such events in the state

Wildlife killing contests are gruesome events, where participants compete to kill as many animals as they can for cash or prizes, usually over an entire weekend or sometimes over months. In the crosshairs are coyotes, bobcats, foxes, rabbits, squirrels and even mountain lions, among other . . . 

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Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end slaughter of American equines

Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end slaughter of American equines

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The last horse slaughter plants in the United States closed years ago, and Congress has consistently voted to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections within U.S borders. Unfortunately, this does not prevent the inhumane transport of American equines to . . . 

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Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end cruel horse soring

Bipartisan bill introduced in Congress to end cruel horse soring

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A strong team of bipartisan lawmakers has reintroduced a bill to end the cruel practice of “soring” Tennessee walking horses and related breeds, a core priority for us here at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane . . . 

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Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

Breaking news: Jail sentence for poacher who slaughtered hibernating mother bear and two newborn cubs in Alaska

A man who, along with his teenage son, mercilessly slaughtered a hibernating mother bear and her two newborn cubs in their den, and then lied about it, will serve time in jail for the gruesome crime that shocked Americans when it came to light last . . . 

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Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

Bipartisan bills introduced in Congress to ban shark fin trade in U.S., end malicious cruelty to animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson The 116th Congress began work today on rooting out some of the worst forms of animal cruelty in the world, with House members reintroducing two important bipartisan bills. One would ban malicious acts of animal cruelty and bestiality, and . . . 

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