Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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Obama Budget Seeks to Give Animals a Helping Hand

Obama Budget Seeks to Give Animals a Helping Hand

Yesterday, President Obama released his 2014 budget, the latest proposal in the back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill on federal spending. Amid all of the items in the $3 trillion-plus budget there were more than a few kernels of good news for animal . . . 

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The Politics of Sight

The Politics of Sight

An unauthorized video got millions of views online and through traditional media platforms last week showing the Rutgers University men’s basketball head coach shoving, grabbing, and throwing basketballs at several of the squad’s players in practice and also directing homophobic slurs at them. That video . . . 

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Horse Slaughter Controversy Won’t Quit

By on March 26, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Slaughter Controversy Won’t Quit

The issue of horse slaughter is playing out at the highest levels of government – both as a matter of policy and the actual mechanics of overseeing the industry and its effects. Presented with a half dozen applications for horse slaughter plants his agency will . . . 

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Rash of Human Attacks on Sharks Must End

Rash of Human Attacks on Sharks Must End

Texas is now the nation’s second largest state, and it’s a vital one for animal protection. In the last few years, we’ve seen the state adopt a law to set up a framework to regulate puppy mills; crack down on cockfighting by prohibiting spectators of . . . 

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HSUS Demands Action on Wide Range of Animal Issues

HSUS Demands Action on Wide Range of Animal Issues

Condor 303 who died from lead poisoning. Photo by Ventana Wildlife Society The HSUS and the animal issues we work on are in the news every day, but there are times when I am especially reminded of the relevance of our animal welfare work to . . . 

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Message to Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Future in Horse Slaughter Business

By on February 12, 2013 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Message to Oklahoma Lawmakers: No Future in Horse Slaughter Business

Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS/FFA Oklahoma was one of the last states to outlaw cockfighting (a feat finally accomplished thanks to an HSUS ballot initiative there about a decade ago), but it was one of the first states to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption. . . . 

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Getting Engaged – Passing Laws for Animals

Getting Engaged – Passing Laws for Animals

Social reform isn’t self-executing – it takes work. On the legislative front – just one small part of The HSUS’ strategic matrix – we’ve seen major progress in the last two decades. States have enacted felony-level penalties for dogfighting, cockfighting, and other forms of malicious cruelty; . . . 

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