Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Congress should act fast to protect animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs during coronavirus crisis

Congress should act fast to protect animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs during coronavirus crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are asking Congress to act quickly on an important bill that would ensure that millions of animals held in research laboratories and enterprises like puppy mills and roadside zoos across the country are not forgotten. The Providing Responsible Emergency . . . 

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HSUS fights efforts by states to gag whistleblowers on factory farms, keep puppy mills in business

HSUS fights efforts by states to gag whistleblowers on factory farms, keep puppy mills in business

Right now, as they do every year, our opponents are mobilizing in state legislatures around the country to halt the march forward for animal protection. Even as we have worked with countless stakeholders to win passage of hundreds of bills and local ordinances year after . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Racehorse trainers, veterinarians charged in widespread doping scandal

BREAKING NEWS: Racehorse trainers, veterinarians charged in widespread doping scandal

Federal prosecutors have charged more than two dozen racehorse trainers, veterinarians and drug dealers in a “widespread, corrupt” scheme to dope horses to push them beyond their limits, increase profits and cheat the betting public. “This is the most far reaching prosecution of racehorse doping . . . 

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Missouri moves to close down a serial puppy mill offender

Missouri moves to close down a serial puppy mill offender

A notorious breeder in Missouri who has been featured five times in our annual Horrible Hundred report on problem puppy mills may be closing down her operation, even as the state’s attorney general is moving to take legal action against her for mistreating the dogs . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes senseless rush to kill coyotes at New York wildlife killing contest

Undercover investigation exposes senseless rush to kill coyotes at New York wildlife killing contest

Our latest investigation into a New York State wildlife killing contest gives Americans another grisly glimpse into a world of shocking animal cruelty: one where coyotes, including heavily pregnant females, were lured to their death using bait and digital calling devices, their bodies mutilated and . . . 

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Chinese city moves to ban consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in wake of coronavirus

Chinese city moves to ban consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in wake of coronavirus

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has put forward a groundbreaking proposal to ban the consumption of dogs and cats, as well as several wild animals, as the coronavirus crisis continues to make headlines around the world. The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 2,700 . . . 

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HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for speeding up chicken slaughter

HSUS, other groups sue Trump administration for speeding up chicken slaughter

A coalition including the Humane Society of the United States today sued the Trump administration for allowing chicken slaughterhouses to dial up the breakneck speeds at which they kill birds. The increase, announced in 2018, allows slaughterhouses that receive a waiver from the administration to . . . 

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Breaking news: As coronavirus spreads, China bans trade in wild animals for food

Breaking news: As coronavirus spreads, China bans trade in wild animals for food

China today announced a ban on buying and selling wild animals for food, taking its most decisive action yet to halt a trade that has been implicated in the global coronavirus crisis, and that causes immense suffering for hundreds of thousands of animals each year, . . . 

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A year after his rescue from a Houston home, Loki the tiger enjoys sanctuary and reminds us why big cats are not pets

A year after his rescue from a Houston home, Loki the tiger enjoys sanctuary and reminds us why big cats are not pets

The cat playing with a blue buoy in the video looks adorable and will put a smile on your face, but it is important to remember that Loki is no pet. The 300-pound tiger was, however, being kept as one when he was found living . . . 

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Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

Another gas chamber at an animal shelter is banished to history, with a dozen more to go

The euthanasia of homeless companion animals in gas chambers sounds archaic and is inhumane, but the practice is still prevalent in four states—Ohio, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming—where there are fewer than a dozen such chambers in operation. That’s still too many. Since 2013, the Humane . . . 

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Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Undercover investigation of Maryland wildlife killing contests reveals cruelty, indifference to animal suffering

Our latest undercover investigation of wildlife killing contests in Maryland reveals a grisly world: one where contestants use digital technology to lure animals like foxes and coyotes to their death, riddle them with bullets in a mad rush to kill the most and heaviest animals, . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

BREAKING NEWS: On Congress’s orders, USDA begins restoring inspection reports for puppy mills, roadside zoos and other facilities

Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture inexplicably blacked out records of inspections at puppy mills, roadside zoos, facilities that do invasive research on animals, walking horse shows and other operations, leaving those who use—and potentially abuse—animals in their care with little or no . . . 

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