Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
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 . . .
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.
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
With 24 litigators on staff—aided by a network of over 1,000 pro bono lawyers from the nation’s top law firms—The HSUS’ legal team is working like never before to help all animals, on both the domestic and international stages, and to bring new levels of firepower to protecting animals.
Whalers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have decided to stop hunting whales and instead join the whale watching industry as an alternative. This is the latest in a cascade of decisions and actions that are bringing us considerably closer to the end of whaling on our planet.
It’s been just a little over four years since the captive orca whale Tilikum killed SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in Orlando. But largely due to a powerful documentary, “Blackfish,” so many Americans now see the issue of cetaceans in captivity from a different perspective, and there are serious questions about whether a business model built around captive display of orcas is either economically sustainable or morally acceptable.
When it comes to animal cruelty, you stand for it or against it. So many politicians – Republicans and Democrats – join with us in our desire to root it out and end it forever, but there are still too many of them who think they can pull a fast one with the voters and confuse their constituents with fast talk and the rhetoric of reform. We’ll be working hard to tell the full story and to demand real reform, since so many lives hang in the balance.
This week, as always, there are an extraordinary number of high-profile outcomes as well as continuing debate over the major issues The HSUS is engaged upon. Here are a few short takes: One of the pigs I met while visiting Lucky 3 farms in North . . .
A horse at the National Celebration in Shelbyville in 2013, one of many wearing chains and stacks. This week, The HSUS rolled out a new television advertisement calling on lawmakers to crack down on the illegal, unethical, and inhumane practice of horse “soring” – . . .
Dogs at the suspected puppy mill prior to being rescued. You can view a slideshow of the rescue here. Photo by Shannon Johnstone “For far too long, dogs have been suffering like this in puppy mills across North Carolina,” Kim Alboum, the HSUS state director . . .
There’s so much positive change afoot for animals, but it’s also true that we are more or less always in the throes of battle as a movement, with tough fights being waged right now and many more looming in the months and years ahead. This . . .
Recently, a group of cockfighters made some noise in Kentucky, threatening to oust U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid because he voted in January for the Farm Bill, which included an HSUS-backed provision to make it a federal crime to attend or . . .