Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

The Animal Issues That Made Headlines in 2014

The Animal Issues That Made Headlines in 2014

Grassroots groups are vital to our movement, something I’ve known since my earliest days of on-the-ground activism during college. But even then, while hosting educational events and organizing demonstrations, I held the view that the most important element needed for the success of the animal protection . . . 

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Equine Protection Gains and Challenges in 2014

Equine Protection Gains and Challenges in 2014

Horses are a big part of our agenda at The HSUS, which houses the only national advocacy department focused on protecting horses from commercial exploitation. Our team, unfortunately, has no shortage of issues to contend with, given that there are enormous problems associated with horse slaughter . . . 

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HSUS Top Legal Victories for 2014

HSUS Top Legal Victories for 2014

The HSUS is the number one provider of direct care to animals. We work hard to educate the public about animal issues and cooperate with a wide range of corporations on their policies related to animals – whether they are cosmetics companies, food retailers, or fashion firms. We also . . . 

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A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

A Wrap-Up on Congress and Its Work on Animals in 2014

The U.S. Congress wrapped up its work on the Farm Bill in early 2014, and in the end we saw two very good outcomes in that package: an upgrade to the federal law against animal fighting to make it a crime to attend or bring . . . 

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HSUS’ Top Transformational Results of 2014

HSUS’ Top Transformational Results of 2014

At The HSUS and Humane Society International, our most important measure is driving positive change on the biggest issues for animals in the United States and abroad. We take on the tough fights, and we so appreciate your steadfast support for our work. Today, I recount our 10 . . . 

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A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

A Look Back at Federal Rulemaking in 2014 by Obama Administration and the Influence of Congress and the Courts

The release earlier this week of the pending $1.1 trillion omnibus Congressional spending bill – bundling 11 separate spending bills together to fund the operations of government through September 2015 – reveals the tug and pull between Congress and the executive agencies on federal rulemaking, . . . 

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North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

By on December 9, 2014 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

Not long ago, shelters in dozens of North Carolina's counties killed homeless animals in carbon monoxide gas chambers. Starting February 2015, that will end. Last week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a new policy statement that relies on formal policy positions from . . . 

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Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

By on December 8, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

The horse slaughter industry has been dealt the biggest blow since The HSUS led the fight in Congress, the states, and federal courts to shut down the three operating horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007. Today’s game-changing news: the European Commission has suspended . . . 

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Top Gains for HSI on the Global Stage in 2014

Top Gains for HSI on the Global Stage in 2014

The HSUS has long taken on the toughest fights.  Our sister organization, Humane Society International – operating now in 20 nations — is doing the same, and winning major campaigns and advancing our ideals throughout the world. Here are our top 10 accomplishments on the . . . 

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Chris Christie’s Shameful Veto

By on December 1, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Chris Christie’s Shameful Veto

Late on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving – with the American public focused on family and football during a long holiday weekend and news organizations nationwide at low tide in terms of staffing – Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey chose to announce that he . . . 

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The HSUS Celebrates a 60-Year Quest to Stop Cruelty to All Animals

The HSUS Celebrates a 60-Year Quest to Stop Cruelty to All Animals

It was 60 years ago, on November 22, that four individuals founded The HSUS, with grand ambitions but only a few nickels in their pockets. At the time, there were just 500 or so local humane organizations scattered across 3,100 counties. Like islands, with scant connection . . . 

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The Intersection of Gestation Crates and Presidential Politics

By on November 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Intersection of Gestation Crates and Presidential Politics

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces a threat to his brand of “straight talk” and “no nonsense” with the full-blown national controversy over his veto last year of a bill to ban gestation crates, and his apparent recent pledge to an Iowa pork producer to . . . 

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