Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Protect and Serve – Including the Animals

Protect and Serve – Including the Animals

In recent years, there’s been a step-by-step fortifying of the legal framework against cruelty, with felony-level penalties adopted for dogfighting, cockfighting, and other extreme acts of violence against animals.  In addition, every day there are more and more interventions against cruelty in dozens of communities . . . 

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Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

By on January 28, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

On top of major gains in Congress in recent weeks to get government-owned chimps out of labs and to prevent the resumption of commercial horse slaughter on U.S. soil, we are poised to see a major upgrade of the federal law against animal fighting and . . . 

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Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

By on January 23, 2014 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

Last year, HSUS led the fight in fending off “ag-gag” bills in 11 states, with particularly feverish battles in Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming – all states where we’ve conducted investigations that led to exposes of abuses, whether puppy mills, horse soring, or gestation crate confinement. . . . 

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Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

By on January 2, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

Tomorrow, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King will be back in court seeking to block the opening of a horse slaughter plant in his state because of unresolved questions about waste disposal and unsafe chemicals in the meat. We hope he prevails. Attorney General King—joined . . . 

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Law & Order: Special Victims APL Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims APL Unit

After I was elected president of The HSUS nearly a decade ago – and right on the heels of our corporate combination with The Fund for Animals – one thing I set out to do was to create a dedicated unit of animal protection lawyers . . . 

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Top 10 News Stories for HSUS in 2013

Top 10 News Stories for HSUS in 2013

Today, I round up the top news stories driven by The HSUS. There were certainly other big stories centering on animals, and the publicity surrounding the release of “Blackfish” was perhaps the most notable one, generating massive concern over the plight of captive marine mammals. . . . 

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Our Top Achievements for Dogs and Cats, at Home and Abroad

Our Top Achievements for Dogs and Cats, at Home and Abroad

The HSUS’ visionary founders did not want to duplicate the work of the local animal shelters. They wanted to complement and augment that work by professionalizing the field and taking on problems beyond the reach of local organizations. In the early years, when it came . . . 

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The Videos That Animal Abusers Don’t Want You to See

The Videos That Animal Abusers Don’t Want You to See

If you don’t think video of animals, and specifically of animal cruelty, has the power to drive social reform and behavior changes, then take note of what happened this year in nearly a dozen state legislatures in 2013. From California to Indiana to Tennessee to . . . 

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Our Top 13 Transformational Achievements in 2013

Our Top <strong>13</strong> Transformational Achievements in 20<strong>13</strong>

The HSUS and its affiliates are the nation’s number-one provider of animal care, through the work of our animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, Animal Rescue Team, Pets for Life program, wildlife response units, veterinary division, international street dog defenders, and other hands-on programs. This year, . . . 

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A Royal Pain

By on November 19, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Royal Pain

The relentless efforts of Rep. Steve King, R-IA, to incorporate a grossly overreaching amendment to the Farm Bill arrived at a significant juncture yesterday when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack added his voice to the growing chorus of opponents. Calling it “troublesome,” Vilsack said that the . . . 

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Great News for Great Apes

Great News for Great Apes

Last night, the Senate gave final approval to a bill – backed by The HSUS and the National Institutes of Health – that will provide millions in federal funding to assist with the transfer of chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries. Passing this legislation was essential . . . 

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A New Sheriff in Town

By on November 8, 2013 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A New Sheriff in Town

On many occasions, I have written about our collaboration with our nation’s law enforcement professionals in our efforts to stop animal cruelty and abuse. So I was delighted to see that this month’s edition of Deputy and Court Officer—the magazine of the National Sheriffs' Association—is . . . 

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