Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Declining Populations of Elephants and Polar Bears in Sights of Trophy Hunters

Declining Populations of Elephants and Polar Bears in Sights of Trophy Hunters

Yesterday, CNN published a column from me about the confusing message sent by the U.S.  government in taking action to fight the elephant ivory trade but still allowing trophy hunters to bring in ivory tusks from a number of African countries.  The good news is, . . . 

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Horses Need Your Help in Climbing Steep (Capitol) Hill

Horses Need Your Help in Climbing Steep (Capitol) Hill

Dutch, a Tennessee walking horse, was subjected to soring. Photo: The HSUS Thanks to The HSUS and some individuals who care deeply about horses, Dutch is safe today, protected by people looking out for him. But his story is not only a tale of woe, but . . . 

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Federal Court Ruling on ‘Crush Videos’ Just the Latest to Affirm Value of Animal Protection Legislation

Federal Court Ruling on ‘Crush Videos’ Just the Latest to Affirm Value of Animal Protection Legislation

It's still a crime to sell videos showing appalling forms of animal cruelty, after a federal appeals court upheld a federal anti-cruelty law Friday. This is just the latest in a string of federal court decisions, upholding the authority of Congress and the states to take . . . 

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Feds Must Lead on Lead

Feds Must Lead on Lead

In 1991, to his great credit, President George H.W. Bush banned the use of lead ammunition in waterfowl hunting by federal rule, despite predictions from the National Rifle Association and other organizations that the demise of duck and goose hunting was imminent. Now, 23 years . . . 

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Dug In on Drug Use in Horse Racing Industry

By on June 4, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dug In on Drug Use in Horse Racing Industry

The integrity of international cycling has been tarnished because of confirmed cases of doping at the highest rungs of the industry, with Lance Armstrong’s remarkable record nullified because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs. We have seen a series of scandals in Major League baseball, . . . 

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Putting a Societal Safety Cap on Animal Poisons

Putting a Societal Safety Cap on Animal Poisons

As collateral damage to our war on rodent “pests,” hundreds of children and thousands of pets are exposed to rodenticides each year, with many suffering serious illness or death – to say nothing of the slow, painful deaths suffered by the intended victims. In addition . . . 

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There Oughta Be a Law – for Animals

By on May 30, 2014 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Every decent person should be mindful of animals, and we should live in a way that reflects a conscious concern for them. But unfortunately, there are outliers in our society — people who know few or no limits when it comes to their mistreatment of . . . 

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World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

The World Trade Organization today issued a final decision in its ruling to the inhumane global seal trade, and gave a precedent-setting boost to our domestic and international efforts to prevent animal abuse. The international body that sets the rules of the road on global trade . . . 

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The “Big Lick”: Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?

By on May 14, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The “Big Lick”: Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?

Today, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act reached a new threshold of Congressional support. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., became the 100th House Republican cosponsor of H.R. 1518. There are also 176 House Democrat cosponsors, making a grand total of 276 as of now. The Senate bill, which has already passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has the bipartisan support of 52 cosponsors.

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Weak Laws Bring Cockfighters, Mafia Flocking Into Kentucky

Weak Laws Bring Cockfighters, Mafia Flocking Into Kentucky

Cockfighters are on the run, or better yet, in handcuffs, like never before.  In recent days, there have been rescues in California, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, and there seems to be a new resolve among so many different law enforcement agencies nationwide . . . 

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The Continuing Struggle Against Malicious Cruelty

By on May 6, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Continuing Struggle Against Malicious Cruelty

The unconscionable slaying of 25 cats, whose bodies were found hanging from trees in Yonkers, New York, is a grim and grisly reminder of why it is so crucial to find the people who commit such acts and to bring them to justice. The HSUS trains local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel on investigating and prosecuting people who commit cruelty.

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Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

This week, we got one step closer by making dogfighting an explicit crime in Costa Rica. The new legislation, sent to the president for her signature, prohibits the reproduction of material related to dogfighting training and the import, creation, purchase, and sale of dogfighting training equipment. Lawmakers at the national level voted unanimously to create a much stronger battery of laws criminalizing dogfighting

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