Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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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The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

The HSUS’ 2014 Annual Report: Transforming the World for Animals

Today, we officially release our 2014 annual report, in print and electronic form. I hope you’ll read and take pride in the progress we are making across such a wide range of problem areas. Below, I’ve reproduced most of my President’s essay in the report to give . . . 

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In Long Campaign, Tennessee Finally Combats Cockfighting

By on April 21, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
In Long Campaign, Tennessee Finally Combats Cockfighting

By commanding votes, of 90–2 in the House and 24–1 in the Senate, Tennessee lawmakers last night placed a bill on Governor Bill Haslam’s desk to crack down on the horrid practice of animal fighting, by making it a class A misdemeanor to attend a . . . 

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The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

The Other Guys Seeking Rhino Horns and Elephant Tusks

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife made two important announcements about trophy hunting. The good news is that the Service extended a ban on imports of sport-hunted elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, where an autocratic ruler has made a mess of the resource-rich nation’s wildlife management . . . 

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Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Federal Anti-Cruelty Law Stands

Without much of anybody but The HSUS and the participants in the case noticing, we gained a major victory this week in our decades-long quest to assert and defend the federal government’s right to crack down on animal abuse. The U.S. Supreme Court elected not to . . . 

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Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Cutting off Markets, Not Fins

Shark finning, as is customarily done, requires that a fishermen haul a shark from the ocean, slice its fin off, and then throw the rest of the shark – often still alive – back into the ocean. This leaves the shark not only with gaping, . . . 

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Ivory Wars – Right Here in the United States

Ivory Wars – Right Here in the United States

Last week, we received the extraordinary news that Ringling Bros. plans to retire the elephants from its traveling circus and place them at its elephant care facility in Florida.  Given the tremendously favorable response to this action from the public and the press, you might . . . 

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USDA Report Misses the MARC

USDA Report Misses the MARC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a disappointing report today about the federally-funded, Nebraska-based U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), which was the focus of a searing and infuriating New York Times investigative piece by Michael Moss published just over a month ago. The Times . . . 

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Injuriousss – Feds Act to Restrict Trade in Giant Snakes

Injuriousss – Feds Act to Restrict Trade in Giant Snakes

At an announcement today in south Florida, which is ground zero for the problem of invasive species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on the trade in four large constricting snake species. The FWS designated them as “injurious” under the Lacey Act, . . . 

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Indian Tribes, Others Stand Up for Wolves

By on February 27, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Indian Tribes, Others Stand Up for Wolves

The United Tribes of Michigan (comprising 12 recognized Indian tribes in the northern part of the state) recently adopted a resolution opposing removal of federal protections for wolves and calling on people to recognize the historical and ecological significance of wolves. It’s a message closely . . . 

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