Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

In the Land of Lincoln, Lawmakers Smear North American Bobcat

In the Land of Lincoln, Lawmakers Smear North American Bobcat

Something bizarre, unfair, and ugly happened in Springfield yesterday. The Illinois House of Representatives yesterday fell five votes short of a constitutional majority and rightly rejected a bill, HB 352, to reverse the state’s 42-year ban on commercial trapping and sport hunting of bobcats – . . . 

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Ag-Gag Vetoed!

Ag-Gag Vetoed!

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory today vetoed a dangerous ag-gag bill that would have punished whistleblowers who report abuse at any workplace in the state, including factory farms, nursing homes, and day care centers.  “I won’t discourage employees from reporting illegal activities, which is why . . . 

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Gag Reflex in North Carolina on Ag-Gag

By on May 27, 2015 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Gag Reflex in North Carolina on Ag-Gag

Pressure is mounting on North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to veto the state’s overreaching and dangerous ag-gag bill. McCrory has until Friday to sign or veto the bill, or not take action and let it automatically become law. The bill, pushed by North Carolina agribusiness groups, is . . . 

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A Second Federal Court Upholds Key Law to Crack Down on Sales of Dogs from Puppy Mills

A Second Federal Court Upholds Key Law to Crack Down on Sales of Dogs from Puppy Mills

More good news from the federal courts – this time on our crusade to crack down on the exploitation of dogs by the puppy mill industry. Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a legal challenge to Cook County’s ordinance that . . . 

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Sportsmen’s Act, or Poachers’ Act?

Sportsmen’s Act, or Poachers’ Act?

If you thought the Senate version of the Sportsmen’s Act – which was the subject of a recent hearing – was awful, the House version that was examined in committee today is even worse. The House version is called the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement . . . 

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Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

Only North Carolina Governor Can Now Stop Ag-Gag Measure

North Carolina has been the stage for the largest number of HSUS deployments with law enforcement to rescue dogs from squalid, overcrowded puppy mills. In the last four years, we’ve conducted 20 puppy mill raids, partnering with dedicated local animal welfare organizations, and reminding citizens and . . . 

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Sorting Out the Facts on Soring

By on May 15, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sorting Out the Facts on Soring

One piece of unfinished business from the 2013-14 Congress is federal legislation to crack down on the barbaric and sickening practice of “soring” of Tennessee Walking Horses;  the House and Senate took no final action on this bill last year even though a supermajority of . . . 

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Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

A group of senior Republicans and Democrats, including key members of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced the nation’s first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill – the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The PACT Act (H.R. 2293) would empower the Federal Bureau of Investigation . . . 

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Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Proposed USDA Rule Would Ban Slaughter of Sick, Injured Calves

Today, we received more exciting news for our farm animal protection efforts: the Obama Administration released a proposed rule banning the slaughter of downer calves – juvenile animals too sick or injured or weakened to walk. This long-awaited proposal is the direct result of a . . . 

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Finding Solutions for Wolves in the Great Lakes

Finding Solutions for Wolves in the Great Lakes

There are just three wolves surviving at Isle Royale National Park, an island ecosystem and World Heritage site locked within Lake Superior in Michigan. That’s down from 50 some years ago, and the surviving three wolves show signs of inbreeding. Since the wolves have all but . . . 

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Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

By on April 29, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Right to Farm, Right to Poach, and Other Shenanigans in the States

It’s been a busy week in the states for animals. Yesterday, a key California Senate committee approved a ban on bullhooks, as the wake from last month’s Ringling Bros. announcement to retire its traveling elephant acts continues to be felt. Also on elephants, the Oregon . . . 

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PAST Needed for a Future Without Horse Cruelty

By on April 28, 2015 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 20 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
PAST Needed for a Future Without Horse Cruelty

Soring and other forms of mistreatment of Tennessee Walking Horses are still rampant, and that’s why it’s so crucial that today a strong, diverse group of Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation to strengthen the federal Horse Protection Act. Less than two weeks ago, the Giles . . . 

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