Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

First-Quarter Blog Favorites: Progress for Farm Animals, Horses, and More

First-Quarter Blog Favorites: Progress for Farm Animals, Horses, and More

Here’s a list of the top 10 blog posts from the first quarter of 2012, the ones you read and remarked upon the most. Not surprisingly, many of the most popular blogs focused on progress for animals, and others on as our undercover investigations.

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Kreider Battery Cage Egg Investigation Highlights Need for Federal Bill

Kreider Battery Cage Egg Investigation Highlights Need for Federal Bill

The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof broke news of The HSUS’s latest undercover investigation at a battery cage facility for hens in Manheim, Pa., that produces 1.6 million eggs a day.

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The Tragic Toll of Horse Racing

By on March 28, 2012 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Tragic Toll of Horse Racing

This week, the New York Times published a massive piece arguing that the horse racing industry is worse than ever for horses, with 24 horses dying on the track every week.

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Lawmakers Take Steps to Tackle Ohio’s Exotic Animal Problem

By on March 19, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lawmakers Take Steps to Tackle Ohio’s Exotic Animal Problem

The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio was just the most extreme example of what’s wrong with the state’s policies on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals. Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson has proposed a ban on new acquisitions of big cats, bears, primates, and some other exotic animals.

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Talk Back: Horse Soring Investigation Shines a Light on Abuse

By on March 14, 2012 in Equine, Investigations, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: Horse Soring Investigation Shines a Light on Abuse

In the mid-1960s and early 1970s, there was a wave of federal lawmaking for animals, including such well-known statutes as the Animal Welfare Act (1966), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972), and the Endangered Species Act (1973). In 1970 came the Horse Protection Act. That . . . 

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A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to ban the trade in nine species of large, constricting snakes, a bill strongly backed by The HSUS.

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Working for Animal Welfare in North Carolina

Working for Animal Welfare in North Carolina

I’m in North Carolina this week, speaking at public events for The Bond, touring the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, visiting animal shelters, and meeting so many advocates committed to animal protection. North Carolina is a state at a crossroads with respect to animal welfare.

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All Aflutter about New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens

By on January 27, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
All Aflutter about New Bill to Help Egg-Laying Hens

Last night, National Public Radio aired a story about the unusual agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to support new legislation to improve the lives of laying hens. Yet the American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council are essentially saying they know more about egg production than egg producers.

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California Downed Animal Law Struck Down, Hens Legislation Introduced

By on January 23, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California Downed Animal Law Struck Down, Hens Legislation Introduced

There has been big news today at the federal level―both bad and good―on farm animal policy.

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Find Out Where Your State Stands for Animals

Find Out Where Your State Stands for Animals

This week, we released our third annual “Humane State Ranking,” evaluating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their animal welfare policies. You can see where your state rated on our interactive map.

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What Are Agribusiness Groups Trying to Hide with ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills?

By on January 18, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
What Are Agribusiness Groups Trying to Hide with ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills?

So far this year, big agribusiness interests are pushing for the enactment of bills in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York to ban undercover anti-cruelty investigations on factory farms.

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C Minus: Subpar Score for Obama Administration on Animal Welfare Issues

C Minus: Subpar Score for Obama Administration on Animal Welfare Issues

With three years completed in his term, President Barack Obama is moving decidedly in the wrong direction on animal welfare issues, earning a grade of “C-minus” for 2011 according to a Report Card produced by The Humane Society of the United States.

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