Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Congress Comes Up Lame on Animal Issues

Congress Comes Up Lame on Animal Issues

Numerous news outlets have reported that the 112th Congress was the least productive — as measured by fewest bills passed and signature achievements — since 1947, when such statistics were first kept. Since our Congress has been dysfunctional for so long, that’s really saying something.  . . . 

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Our Biggest Animal Stories of 2012

Our Biggest Animal Stories of 2012

Good people won’t tolerate cruelty, and that’s one of the main drivers of our relentless efforts to expose the broader public to the abuse, suffering, and neglect that animals endure at human hands. This is perhaps our greatest charge. At The HSUS, we have big . . . 

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2012 Achievements Bring Us Closer to Ending Abuse of Pets

2012 Achievements Bring Us Closer to Ending Abuse of Pets

  Watch a funny PSA from the Shelter Pet Project While the Senate passed a bill earlier this month to upgrade the federal law against dogfighting and other forms of animal fighting (to create a new federal crime to attend or bring a child to . . . 

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Improving Welfare for Wild, Companion and Working Equines in 2012

Improving Welfare for Wild, Companion and Working Equines in 2012

George, a recent arrival to our Duchess Sanctuary in Oregon. Photo by Jennifer Kunz The abuse of the horse provided the original impetus for creation of the American humane movement in the second half of the 19th century. But with the development of the internal combustion . . . 

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Celebrating Our 2012 Victories For Animals

Celebrating Our 2012 Victories For Animals

When you invest in HSUS, as a donor, volunteer, or advocate, you want returns. That’s why it’s so important to measure the progress we are making. Through the years, The HSUS has established itself as the most impactful organization protecting animals. I’m pleased to share our . . . 

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HSUS Drives Historic Progress for Farm Animals — Top 10 Accomplishments in 2012

HSUS Drives Historic Progress for Farm Animals — Top 10 Accomplishments in 2012

Last week, The Humane Society of the United States announced the wrapping of municipal buses in the District of Columbia and Des Moines, Iowa, in images of pigs held in gestation-crate facilities, leaving riders, drivers and pedestrians with a startling picture and a simple message: . . . 

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NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary

NIH to Release 100+ Chimps from Research Lab to Sanctuary

It’s a big day for chimpanzees, as the National Institutes of Health announces a commitment to move more than 100 government-owned chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (the lab that HSUS investigated and exposed in 2009) to Chimp Haven, the federal chimpanzee sanctuary. These . . . 

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Farm Animal Protection Ideas Have Gone Mainstream

By on December 7, 2012 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Animal Protection Ideas Have Gone Mainstream

“The Humane Society of the United States is almost single-handedly changing the way farmers feed America’s appetite for bacon, ribs, holiday hams and other pork products,” wrote reporter Philip Brasher in today’s edition of Roll Call. Indeed, this has been a remarkable year of progress on farm animal . . . 

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Closing the Loophole for Animal Fight Spectators

By on December 5, 2012 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Closing the Loophole for Animal Fight Spectators

Animal fighting is, in terms of global industries that cause harm to animals, among the most morally indefensible and corrupt practices — with trade in animals and implements in the hundreds of millions of dollars; wagering in the billions; international competitions; and a phalanx of . . . 

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Policymakers Hamper Progress for Animals

Policymakers Hamper Progress for Animals

It is amazing to me how often the U.S. Congress works not only against common sense, but also contrary to the national interest. Take two trade-related issues currently being debated and deliberated upon in that body: importation of sport-hunted polar bear trophies, and the trade in . . . 

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Progress for Ohio’s Puppy Mills

Progress for Ohio’s Puppy Mills

Today, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation, 89 to 5, to crack down on puppy mills. The bill is short of what we want it to be, but it marks progress, with the Senate expected to concur later this month and send it to . . . 

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In Wake of Election, Time to Pass Animal Welfare Reforms

In Wake of Election, Time to Pass Animal Welfare Reforms

The United States has completed its always momentous quadrennial presidential election, which in this case produced spending exceeding $2 billion between the campaigns, super PACs and other outside spenders. Thousands of other races decided at the federal, state, and local levels cost billions more when aggregated.  . . . 

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