Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio was just the most extreme example of what’s wrong with the state’s policies on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals. Ohio State Senator Troy Balderson has proposed a ban on new acquisitions of big cats, bears, primates, and some other exotic animals.
In the mid-1960s and early 1970s, there was a wave of federal lawmaking for animals, including such well-known statutes as the Animal Welfare Act (1966), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972), and the Endangered Species Act (1973). In 1970 came the Horse Protection Act. That . . .
Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to ban the trade in nine species of large, constricting snakes, a bill strongly backed by The HSUS.
I’m in North Carolina this week, speaking at public events for The Bond, touring the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, visiting animal shelters, and meeting so many advocates committed to animal protection. North Carolina is a state at a crossroads with respect to animal welfare.
Last night, National Public Radio aired a story about the unusual agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to support new legislation to improve the lives of laying hens. Yet the American Farm Bureau and the National Pork Producers Council are essentially saying they know more about egg production than egg producers.
There has been big news today at the federal level―both bad and good―on farm animal policy.
So far this year, big agribusiness interests are pushing for the enactment of bills in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York to ban undercover anti-cruelty investigations on factory farms.
With three years completed in his term, President Barack Obama is moving decidedly in the wrong direction on animal welfare issues, earning a grade of “C-minus” for 2011 according to a Report Card produced by The Humane Society of the United States.
In 2011, The HSUS was named the number-one organization by Philanthropedia (part of GuideStar) in the latest rankings of national animal protection groups, based on the highest impact for animals. The rankings were compiled by outside experts throughout the field of animal protection—including shelter directors, . . .
A moral concern for animals is not a far-off, abstract, or ethereal concern. It’s as tangible as it gets—intersecting with so many aspects of our daily lives. We may see stray or homeless animals in our community, or learn of a case of malicious cruelty . . .