Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)
The tragedy in Zanesville, Ohio, may prove to be a pivot point on the issue of private ownership of exotics. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation to crack down on the trade in powerful wild animals as pets and roadside attractions.
To better ensure the future of the many canine heroes who have been invaluable as bomb detectors or otherwise served in Iraq and Afghanistan, champions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sponsored the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act to improve current laws on the return of military working dogs.
We’ve just released our 2011 annual report online highlighting our activities and accomplishments during that year. Illustrated with a new infographic, the report shows why there’s no animal protection group in the world quite like The HSUS. Let me tell you why I make that . . .
Today, the Senate companion to H.R. 3798 was introduced: legislation to codify the agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers to begin the process of banning the barren battery cage in the United States.
Today, CBS This Morning broke news of another HSUS undercover investigation―this one focusing on perhaps the largest private owner of tigers in the nation, GW Exotic Animal Park in central Oklahoma.
This was a week filled with major news at The HSUS, with some pivotal decisions and progress. – On the programmatic front, the big news was Burger King’s announcement, which I broke on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, that the iconic restaurant chain would stop buying pork . . .
Here’s a list of the top 10 blog posts from the first quarter of 2012, the ones you read and remarked upon the most. Not surprisingly, many of the most popular blogs focused on progress for animals, and others on as our undercover investigations.
The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof broke news of The HSUS’s latest undercover investigation at a battery cage facility for hens in Manheim, Pa., that produces 1.6 million eggs a day.
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.