Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary

NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary

It’s a big day for chimpanzees, as the National Institutes of Health announces a commitment to move more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (the lab that HSUS investigated and exposed in 2009) to Chimp Haven, the federal chimpanzee sanctuary. These . . . 

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Farm Animal Protection Ideas Have Gone Mainstream

By on December 7, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Animal Protection Ideas Have Gone Mainstream

“The Humane Society of the United States is almost single-handedly changing the way farmers feed America’s appetite for bacon, ribs, holiday hams and other pork products,” wrote reporter Philip Brasher in today’s edition of Roll Call. Indeed, this has been a remarkable year of progress on farm animal . . . 

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Closing the Loophole for Animal Fight Spectators

By on December 5, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Closing the Loophole for Animal Fight Spectators

Animal fighting is, in terms of global industries that cause harm to animals, among the most morally indefensible and corrupt practices — with trade in animals and implements in the hundreds of millions of dollars; wagering in the billions; international competitions; and a phalanx of . . . 

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Policymakers Hamper Progress for Animals

Policymakers Hamper Progress for Animals

It is amazing to me how often the U.S. Congress works not only against common sense, but also contrary to the national interest. Take two trade-related issues currently being debated and deliberated upon in that body: importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies, and the trade in . . . 

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Progress for Ohio’s Puppy Mills

Progress for Ohio’s Puppy Mills

Today, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation, 89 to 5, to crack down on puppy mills. The bill is short of what we want it to be, but it marks progress, with the Senate expected to concur later this month and send it to . . . 

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In Wake of Election, Time to Pass Animal Welfare Reforms

In Wake of Election, Time to Pass Animal Welfare Reforms

The United States has completed its always momentous quadrennial presidential election, which in this case produced spending exceeding $2 billion between the campaigns, super PACs and other outside spenders. Thousands of other races decided at the federal, state, and local levels cost billions more when aggregated.  . . . 

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Your Vote Counts for Animals

Your Vote Counts for Animals

Today is an important day for any civil and democratic society, as private citizens vote, in free and fair elections, for individuals to serve our society in local, state, and federal offices, and, in some states, for initiatives or referenda relating to taxes, social issues, . . . 

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55 Actions to Help Animals and The HSUS

55 Actions to Help Animals and The HSUS

Perhaps the number-one question I get in my travels and meeting with our supporters is, “How can I get more involved with The HSUS and with the cause of animal protection?” Today, here’s an updated and expanded guide to help you or people you know get involved.

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The Empire (State) Strikes Back – Against Animal Fighting

By on October 19, 2012 in Animal Rescue and Care, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Empire (State) Strikes Back – Against Animal Fighting

New York officially closes a major loophole in its animal fighting laws this week, and it comes months after The HSUS and our friends at the New York State Humane Association partnered to enact legislation to strip animal fighters of the necessary tools for their . . . 

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Californians Can Protect Animals and Support Law Enforcement by Passing Proposition 30

Californians Can Protect Animals and Support Law Enforcement by Passing Proposition 30

At The HSUS, we spend a lot of energy working to secure the passage of meaningful reforms to state laws around the country—believing that when the laws reflect our values, animals not only benefit, but that our society becomes increasingly more humane. Gov. Brown's dog, . . . 

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The 10 Most Important State Laws Enacted for Animals in 2012

The 10 Most Important State Laws Enacted for Animals in 2012

The HSUS works for all animals, and on so many fronts—building public awareness, driving corporate progress, and conducting hands-on care of animals in crisis. We also work to see that laws are enforced and to lobby for stronger animal welfare policies. Photo: Ray Eubanks There . . . 

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Third-Quarter Favorites: Protecting Dogs, Horses, Pigs, and Animals in Labs

Third-Quarter Favorites: Protecting Dogs, Horses, Pigs, and Animals in Labs

I like to look ahead on the blog, report on major action items, take on our critics, or opine on a major fault line or controversy within our field. It’s also my custom, each quarter, to look back and provide a summary of which blogs . . . 

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