Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Meat Industry Gripes, as Grip on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Loosens

By on February 23, 2015 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Meat Industry Gripes, as Grip on U.S. Dietary Guidelines Loosens

The federal government’s dietary guidelines have a stilted history. When I was growing up, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) promoted the Basic Four Food Groups as the construct of the ideal diet, with meat and dairy constituting half of the food groups and fruits . . . 

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Pack of Scientists Urges Congress to Leave Wolves, ESA Alone

By on February 18, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 18 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Pack of Scientists Urges Congress to Leave Wolves, ESA Alone

Today, more than 50 world-renowned wildlife biologists and scientists, many of whom have devoted their entire professional careers toward understanding the social and biological issues surrounding wolves in North America, sent a letter to Congress urging members to oppose any efforts to strip federal protections . . . 

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Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Outdoor Cats

Out-of-the-Box Thinking on Outdoor Cats

Cat advocates, wildlife conservationists, legislators, and public health representatives have long struggled with the issue of managing outdoor cats. And it’s no small matter, since there could be as many as 40 million community (feral and stray) cats now living in the United States, of which . . . 

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A Raft of Bad Ideas Bubble Up in Congress

A Raft of Bad Ideas Bubble Up in Congress

Congress is off to a brisk start when it comes to animal issues, but much of the action seeks to turn back the clock and to revive awful ideas. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again introduced legislation to overturn state laws that protect animals. Late this . . . 

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The HSUS in 2014: Program Gains, Fiscal Health

The HSUS in 2014: Program Gains, Fiscal Health

The year 2014 was not just our strongest year ever when it came to tangible progress and our accomplishments for animals; it was also our biggest year in terms of public support  – which, in a mass membership organization like ours, reflects popular support for . . . 

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Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

By on February 9, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 36 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sportsmen’s Act Takes Aim at Wildlife and Wild Lands

Last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) cheered the reintroduction of a grab bag of measures related to guns and hunting, with the innocuous-sounding designation of a “Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015.” While a good number of the provisions are benign, and a few even . . . 

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Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Breaking News: Bill in Congress Proposes End to Farm Animal Torture at Federal Labs

Imagine if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent tens of millions of dollars on animal experiments designed to increase reproductive rates of deer on captive hunting facilities – to benefit private operators who offer up deer in a guaranteed kill arrangement. In the process, . . . 

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Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

We live in a nation where animals are used for food, fashion and clothing, entertainment, research, and in wildlife-associated recreation – in both harmful and benign ways – to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in commerce. The pork industry alone – which kills more than . . . 

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The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

The Fur, Feathers, and Scales of Justice: Scoring the Highs and Lows of Attorneys General on Animal Protection

Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring burnished his pro-animal record when he established an Animal Law unit in an attorney general’s office. The unit will serve as a resource for local law enforcement and state agencies on animal fighting and animal cruelty prosecutions, providing . . . 

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States Make Strides in Passing Animal Protection Laws

States Make Strides in Passing Animal Protection Laws

Each year, as legislative sessions get under way across the country, The HSUS issues a report card concerning animal protection laws in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. In it, we examine how the states are performing on policies related to . . . 

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Outgoing Governor Sends Lifeline to Bobcats in Illinois – Punctuating a Superb Record

By on January 12, 2015 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Outgoing Governor Sends Lifeline to Bobcats in Illinois – Punctuating a Superb Record

Today, Pat Quinn, one of the nation’s most pro-animal welfare governors, relinquished office in Illinois after six years, making way for newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner. But from an animal welfare perspective, Quinn did it with a flourish, vetoing a bill on the eve of . . . 

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Faulty Arguments, Greed, and Gluttony Put Foie Gras Back on Menu

By on January 8, 2015 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Faulty Arguments, Greed, and Gluttony Put Foie Gras Back on Menu

In a court pleading written last year to challenge a California law stopping the sale and production of foie gras, attorneys for chefs and producers of fatty duck and goose liver made a Holocaust analogy, writing: "With apologies to Martin Niemoller, 'First they came for . . . 

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