Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a . . . 

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Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

By on July 20, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

It was a big moment, earlier this year, when McDonald’s made a joint announcement with The HSUS that the best-known restaurant chain in the world would start the process of phasing out purchases of pork from producers who confine sows in gestation crates. We’ve seen . . . 

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Rep. Steve King Attempts to Slash Protections for Animals, Workers, and the Environment

Rep. Steve King Attempts to Slash Protections for Animals, Workers, and the Environment

Iowa Congressman Steve King thinks it’s fine to spend taxpayer money doling out billions to corporate farmers in the way of direct payments, crop insurance, predator control programs, and other subsidies. He’s built a reputation on it. The HSUSKing's proposal threatens state laws such as . . . 

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Animal Fighting Penalties Advance in Congress, and a Dangerous Attempt to Overturn State Animal Welfare Laws

Animal Fighting Penalties Advance in Congress, and a Dangerous Attempt to Overturn State Animal Welfare Laws

Last night, during consideration of the 2012 farm bill, the House Agriculture Committee approved an amendment that is intended to overturn every voter-approved animal welfare ballot measure relating to agriculture–Prop 2 in California (banning extreme confinement crates for pigs, veal calves, and laying hens), Prop . . . 

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Animal Fighting Progress in the Senate, and More News on the Legislative Front

Animal Fighting Progress in the Senate, and More News on the Legislative Front

Two days ago, I wrote―with barely contained indignation―about members of the Senate declining to take up two key animal welfare amendments during floor consideration of the farm bill. One amendment, from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mirrored the language of S. 3239/H.R. 3798, the vitally important . . . 

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Senate Farm Bill Throws Animal Welfare Under the Bus

By on June 19, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Senate Farm Bill Throws Animal Welfare Under the Bus

Last night, the Senate approved an agreement to allow a finite number of amendments to the farm bill, and all measures related to animal welfare were excluded from consideration.

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Newspapers Flock to Support Bill that Would Help Millions of Hens

By on June 12, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Newspapers Flock to Support Bill that Would Help Millions of Hens

There are many ways to measure the power of an idea—and one of them is the ability of that idea to attract diverse support. When it comes to the surprising and unusual collaboration between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to ban the barren . . . 

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A Critical Moment to Help Hens

A Critical Moment to Help Hens

We are asking our supporters to call their U.S. Senators and to urge them to co-sponsor S. 3239 and support the Feinstein amendment to the farm bill, which would set up minimum space and enrichment standards for the care of the nation’s 280 million egg-laying hens.

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Common-Sense Ban on Dangerous Exotic Animals Signed in Ohio

By on June 6, 2012 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Common-Sense Ban on Dangerous Exotic Animals Signed in Ohio

The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio, may prove to be a pivot point on the issue of private ownership of exotics. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation to crack down on the trade in powerful wild animals as pets and roadside attractions.

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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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