Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

One Step Forward, One Big Step Back in Congress

One Step Forward, One Big Step Back in Congress

Today, there was a positive step forward on Capitol Hill in the effort to get laboratory chimps to sanctuaries, but there was a setback in the House with the passage of a highly partisan, retrograde Farm Bill that could set back state policies on animal . . . 

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The Maine Event for Bears

The Maine Event for Bears

Last year members of The HSUS and other animal welfare and environmental organizations convinced state lawmakers in California to pass legislation to ban hound hunting of bears. It’s been a major issue in Maine as well, and this year, our allies in the Maine legislature . . . 

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The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

I often say there are bad outcomes all around when humans are bad to animals. When we at The HSUS work with law enforcement on raids of dogfights and cockfights, we often find other criminal behavior is taking place in these situations, like narcotics trafficking . . . 

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Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

By on June 17, 2013 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

On Friday, the California-based Santa Rosa Press Democrat published an editorial calling out the hypocrisy of the Farm Bill amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, “who will enthusiastically tell you that Washington meddles too much in state and local affairs. Until he disagrees with . . . 

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Domestic, International Progress on Shark Finning

Domestic, International Progress on Shark Finning

Earlier this month, the European Union agreed to tighten an existing ban on shark finning, the practice of cutting off a shark’s fins while the animal is still alive, and then throwing the shark overboard to die. Once the change comes into effect, the ban . . . 

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Inspector General, Smithfield Make News on Pig Production

By on May 30, 2013 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Inspector General, Smithfield Make News on Pig Production

Yesterday’s news that a massive Chinese meat producer, Shuanghai, has agreed to pay $4.7 billion to acquire American pork giant Smithfield Foods was a jarring reminder of the trend toward an increasingly centralized global trade in farm animals. While demand for meat in the U.S. . . . 

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Tenn. Ag-Gag Bill Vetoed – But King Amendment Looms in Congress

Tenn. Ag-Gag Bill Vetoed – But King Amendment Looms in Congress

NEWS ALERT: This morning, Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee vetoed the legislature’s proposed ag-gag bill, squelching the only state anti-whistleblower measure that made it to a governor’s desk this year. See our full statement on this major outcome for our cause – preserving our right . . . 

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Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

By on April 25, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Tennessee Walking Horse Barn Raided, Trainer Charged

The more light that’s shed on the “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee walking horse industry, the clearer it becomes that Congress must upgrade the original language in the Horse Protection Act to deter the criminal abuse that is inflicted on the horses involved, and . . . 

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Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

By on April 24, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ellen Speaks Out on Ag-Gag Bills

For weeks, my colleagues and I have been sounding the alarm about a spreading threat to the animal protection movement nationwide and, more broadly, to transparency and free speech in our society – the introduction by state lawmakers of anti-whistleblower, or so-called ag-gag bills, in . . . 

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Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

By on April 18, 2013 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Michigan, Tennessee Lawmakers Subvert Democracy, Transparency

In 2006, Michigan voters rejected the legislature’s plan to allow the target shooting of mourning doves, with 69 percent casting ballots in favor of maintaining the state’s century-long standard of protecting these gentle songbirds. Every county in the state – including the most Republican, rural . . . 

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Victory for Dolphins and the Dolphin-Safe Label

By on April 16, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Victory for Dolphins and the Dolphin-Safe Label

When I was a kid, the first broader animal protection issue that I connected with was the drowning of dolphins in massive tuna nets. I told my mom that I didn’t want to eat tuna if dolphins had to die. Little did I know that . . . 

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Federal Legislation Introduced to Crack Down on Horse Soring

By on April 15, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Legislation Introduced to Crack Down on Horse Soring

There’s been so much public condemnation of horse abusers since The HSUS released its jarring undercover video last year showing Hall of Fame Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell and his stewards intentionally injuring horses in order to create the “Big Lick” gait that wins . . . 

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