Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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More Progress on Gestation Crates, and Uncovering the ‘Ham Scam’

By on September 25, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
More Progress on Gestation Crates, and Uncovering the ‘Ham Scam’

It is an axiom in the world of business management that “the customer is always right.” The pork sector apparently doesn’t subscribe to that principle. The industry’s leadership continues to deride its biggest buyers, most of which are declaring that they want to eliminate gestation . . . 

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Reckless Bill in Congress Would Harm Polar Bears and the Environment

By on September 24, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Reckless Bill in Congress Would Harm Polar Bears and the Environment

Make no mistake, there’s a lot of support for animal issues in the U.S. Congress. The anti-animal fighting bill, H.R. 2492, making it a federal crime to be a spectator at animal fights has 226 cosponsors (a majority of the House), and the Senate version . . . 

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110 Chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center Will Be Safe from Testing

By on September 21, 2012 in Animal Research and Testing, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
110 Chimpanzees from New Iberia Research Center Will Be Safe from Testing

Today, we received a telling sign that the United States will soon see the end of invasive experiments on chimpanzees, bringing to a close a long, sad, and inhumane chapter in the history of American science and public health. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the . . . 

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Clock Ticking in Effort to Protect California Bears and Bobcats from Hounding

By on September 20, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Clock Ticking in Effort to Protect California Bears and Bobcats from Hounding

In late August, the California Senate gave final approval to legislation authored by state senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, to stop the inhumane and unsporting practice of hounding bears and bobcats. For a variety of reasons, California had long withstood the trend in the West to . . . 

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$75,000 Fine and Probation Handed Down in Notorious Horse Soring Case

By on September 19, 2012 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
$75,000 Fine and Probation Handed Down in Notorious Horse Soring Case

Yesterday, in a packed Chattanooga courtroom, the Hon. Harry S. Mattice, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, handed down penalties in the horse abuse case involving Jackie McConnell—the Hall of Fame trainer of Tennessee walking horses, who in 2011 was captured on . . . 

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Talk Back: Bill Introduced to Strengthen Horse Protection Act

By on September 14, 2012 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: Bill Introduced to Strengthen Horse Protection Act

Yesterday, Congressmen Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., introduced legislation in the U.S. House to strengthen the Horse Protection Act and allow for a stronger crackdown on the widespread abuse within the Tennessee Walking Horse show world. There’s been a fever pitch about this . . . 

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Federal Court Upholds California’s Historic Prop 2 Ballot Measure

By on September 13, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Federal Court Upholds California’s Historic Prop 2 Ballot Measure

Of all the victories for animal protection in recent decades, California’s 2008 Proposition 2 ballot measure stands out as one of the biggest and most far-reaching. It was one the most comprehensive farm animal protection measures ever attempted, launched in the largest state in the . . . 

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New Day in Ohio As Exotics Law Takes Effect

By on September 6, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
New Day in Ohio As Exotics Law Takes Effect

Yesterday, Ohio’s exotics law, signed by Governor John Kasich in June, took effect—more than a month before the October 18th anniversary of the worst captive wildlife incident in American history. In Zanesville, Terry Thompson, a mentally troubled owner of more than 50 large mammals, including . . . 

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Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

By on August 3, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Dog Days of Summer for Congressman Steve King

Editor's note, Aug. 8, 2012: Stephen Colbert spoofed Rep. King's outrageous comments about animal fighting in this must-see segment of The Colbert Report.  The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Steve King's Dogfighting Defense www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire . . . 

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Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a . . . 

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Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

By on July 20, 2012 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Talk Back: A Sea Change on Gestation Crates, and Outrage against King Amendment

It was a big moment, earlier this year, when McDonald’s made a joint announcement with The HSUS that the best-known restaurant chain in the world would start the process of phasing out purchases of pork from producers who confine sows in gestation crates. We’ve seen . . . 

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