Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

HSUS sues USDA over policies that risk future pandemics

HSUS sues USDA over policies that risk future pandemics

Today the Humane Society of the United States filed a federal lawsuit challenging the response plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (or “bird flu”) of the United States Department of Agriculture. The response plan, produced by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, is shortsighted and . . . 

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Breaking news: Fauci calls for closing down wildlife markets around the globe

Breaking news: Fauci calls for closing down wildlife markets around the globe

The nation’s most authoritative voice on infectious diseases today sounded a stern warning about the dangers of the wildlife trade and its relationship to pandemic diseases like COVID-19. In an interview with Fox News, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci called for the global community to pressure . . . 

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Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

With hundreds of millions of people required to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the media is reporting an alarming increase in domestic violence incidents the world over. This includes the United States where calls to help lines have jumped dramatically. It is a problem . . . 

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Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

Across the nation, law enforcement officers—despite facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic—are hard at work to ensure that animals who need their help are neither forgotten nor left behind. Since the crisis began, our state directors have reached out to government officials to ensure . . . 

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The killing of Takaya, Canada’s famous lone wolf, highlights urgent need to outlaw trophy hunting

The killing of Takaya, Canada’s famous lone wolf, highlights urgent need to outlaw trophy hunting

The killing last week of Takaya, the lone wolf of Canada’s Discovery Island whose story of survival and resilience captivated people around the globe, is a grim reminder of the uphill battle wolves face in the modern world. This was a legendary young wolf, with . . . 

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Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ is a wake-up call for ending private possession of big cats

Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ is a wake-up call for ending private possession of big cats

A decade ago, our undercover investigation delved into the bizarre world of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) and his roadside zoo, GW Exotics. For years, Joe and his band of untrained workers kept hundreds of big cats and other wild animals in captivity in barren . . . 

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passes with potential benefits for animal protection sector

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passes with potential benefits for animal protection sector

The $2 trillion emergency stimulus bill that cleared Congress earlier today carries important prospective benefits for the animal care and services sector. These include a temporary expansion of charitable deduction provisions, opportunities for business continuity loans to cover payroll, paid leave, health-insurance premiums, facilities costs, . . . 

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To prevent another pandemic, global leaders should crack down on wildlife trade

To prevent another pandemic, global leaders should crack down on wildlife trade

At the G20 coronavirus meeting today, global leaders, including President Trump, brainstormed on ways to control the pandemic that is now ravaging dozens of nations, leaving a vast trail of human casualties in its wake. But one thing that didn’t come up was the reason . . . 

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In new role at the USFWS, trophy hunters’ lawyer will guide U.S. global policy on wildlife

In new role at the USFWS, trophy hunters’ lawyer will guide U.S. global policy on wildlife

The Trump administration’s course on wildlife policy, riddled with handouts to trophy hunters, took another wrong turn last week with the hiring of Anna Seidman, a litigator for Safari Club International, to head a key office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The SCI . . . 

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More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

The fight to wipe out puppy mills passed a critical milestone this month: more than 350 American localities now ban the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. The latest ordinances were passed by Roselle, New Jersey; Algonquin, Illinois and Carver, Minnesota last week, . . . 

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Breaking news: Mexican Senate passes bill to outlaw cosmetics testing

Breaking news: Mexican Senate passes bill to outlaw cosmetics testing

Mexico took a giant step toward ending animal testing for cosmetics yesterday, with the Senate voting unanimously to ban such testing in the country. The bill would also ban, with some exceptions, the manufacture, import and marketing in Mexico of cosmetics animal-tested anywhere in the . . . 

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As scandals in horse racing escalate, trainers join calls for reform

As scandals in horse racing escalate, trainers join calls for reform

The recent indictment of more than two dozen people, including racehorse trainers and veterinarians, in a widespread doping scandal has turned a red-hot spotlight on the horseracing industry. And in a welcome development, some long-overdue scrutiny is coming from stakeholders within the industry itself. In . . . 

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