Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them

By on May 30, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Canine Military Veterans Deserve the Best We Can Provide Them

To better ensure the future of the many canine heroes who have been invaluable as bomb detectors or otherwise served in Iraq and Afghanistan, champions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsored the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act to improve current laws on the return of military working dogs.

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HSUS 2011 Annual Report Released Here

HSUS 2011 Annual Report Released Here

We’ve just released our 2011 annual report online highlighting our activities and accomplishments during that year. Illustrated with a new infographic, the report shows why there’s no animal protection group in the world quite like The HSUS. Let me tell you why I make that . . . 

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Help Our Feathered Friends: Hen Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

By on May 24, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Help Our Feathered Friends: Hen Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

Today, the Senate companion to H.R. 3798 was introduced: legislation to codify the agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to begin the process of banning the barren battery cage in the United States.

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HSUS Breaks Investigation Today of Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner

HSUS Breaks Investigation Today of Nation’s Largest Exotic Animal Owner

Today, CBS This Morning broke news of another HSUS undercover investigation―this one focusing on perhaps the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, GW Exotic Animal Park in central Oklahoma.

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Animal Issues Hanging in the Balance

Animal Issues Hanging in the Balance

This was a week filled with major news at The HSUS, with some pivotal decisions and progress. – On the programmatic front, the big news was Burger King’s announcement, which I broke on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, that the iconic restaurant chain would stop buying pork . . . 

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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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