Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

HSUS Demands Action on Wide Range of Animal Issues

HSUS Demands Action on Wide Range of Animal Issues

Condor 303 who died from lead poisoning. Photo by Ventana Wildlife Society The HSUS and the animal issues we work on are in the news every day, but there are times when I am especially reminded of the relevance of our animal welfare work to . . . 

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Message to Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Future in Horse Slaughter Business

By on February 12, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Message to Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Future in Horse Slaughter Business

Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS/FFA Oklahoma was one of the last states to outlaw cockfighting (a feat finally accomplished thanks to an HSUS ballot initiative there about a decade ago), but it was one of the first states to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption. . . . 

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Getting Engaged – Passing Laws for Animals

Getting Engaged – Passing Laws for Animals

Social reform isn’t self-executing – it takes work. On the legislative front – just one small part of The HSUS’ strategic matrix – we’ve seen major progress in the last two decades. States have enacted felony-level penalties for dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of malicious cruelty; . . . 

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UPDATED: Report on Ag-Gag Controversy

By on February 5, 2013 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
UPDATED: Report on Ag-Gag Controversy

*Editor’s Note: The ABC World News and Nightline broadcasts have been rescheduled. Please check Wayne’s Facebook page for updates. ABC News will air an investigative report on two emerging trends of interest to every animal advocate and every American consumer: animal agriculture reforms driven by . . . 

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Shark Fin ‘Shingles’ Reminder of California’s Humane Reforms

Shark Fin ‘Shingles’ Reminder of California’s Humane Reforms

Last week, I came across a disturbing video and still photos of neatly arranged shark fins on a rooftop in Hong Kong. It almost looked like some symmetrical art and architectural concept – with fins in place of shingles. But it was no green or LEED . . . 

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Working Together Brings Positive Change for Animals

Working Together Brings Positive Change for Animals

Editor’s note: This entry originally appeared on January 3, 2013, and has been re-posted due to technical difficulties. In my blog yesterday, I lamented the general inaction by our Congress on beneficial animal welfare policies during the lame-duck session. But the 112th Congress’ tendency to leave . . . 

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Congress Comes Up Lame on Animal Issues

Congress Comes Up Lame on Animal Issues

Numerous news outlets have reported that the 112th Congress was the least productive — as measured by fewest bills passed and signature achievements — since 1947, when such statistics were first kept. Since our Congress has been dysfunctional for so long, that’s really saying something.  . . . 

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Our Biggest Animal Stories of 2012

Our Biggest Animal Stories of 2012

Good people won’t tolerate cruelty, and that’s one of the main drivers of our relentless efforts to expose the broader public to the abuse, suffering, and neglect that animals endure at human hands. This is perhaps our greatest charge. At The HSUS, we have big . . . 

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2012 Achievements Bring Us Closer to Ending Abuse of Pets

2012 Achievements Bring Us Closer to Ending Abuse of Pets

  Watch a funny PSA from the Shelter Pet Project While the Senate passed a bill earlier this month to upgrade the federal law against dogfighting and other forms of animal fighting (to create a new federal crime to attend or bring a child to . . . 

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Improving Welfare for Wild, Companion and Working Equines in 2012

Improving Welfare for Wild, Companion and Working Equines in 2012

George, a recent arrival to our Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Kunz The abuse of the horse provided the original impetus for creation of the American humane movement in the second half of the 19th century. But with the development of the internal combustion . . . 

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Celebrating Our 2012 Victories For Animals

Celebrating Our 2012 Victories For Animals

When you invest in HSUS, as a donor, volunteer, or advocate, you want returns. That’s why it’s so important to measure the progress we are making. Through the years, The HSUS has established itself as the most impactful organization protecting animals. I’m pleased to share our . . . 

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HSUS Drives Historic Progress for Farm Animals — Top 10 Accomplishments in 2012

HSUS Drives Historic Progress for Farm Animals — Top 10 Accomplishments in 2012

Last week, The Humane Society of the United States announced the wrapping of municipal buses in the District of Columbia and Des Moines, Iowa, in images of pigs held in gestation-crate facilities, leaving riders, drivers and pedestrians with a startling picture and a simple message: . . . 

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