Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

For Christie’s Sake, Ban the Crates

By on November 17, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
For Christie’s Sake, Ban the Crates

I can understand Chris Christie’s dilemma – either signing an enormously popular bill to ban gestation crates in New Jersey or caving in to the veto demands of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, whose support is coveted by every aspiring Republican presidential candidate who trudges through Iowa. . . . 

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Lead Ammo Policy Tests the Rhetoric of Hunting Lobby

By on November 14, 2014 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Lead Ammo Policy Tests the Rhetoric of Hunting Lobby

The trophy hunting lobby in the United States conveniently and selectively invokes “science” in defense of reckless practices. In Maine, in arguing against Question 1 (to ban bear baiting, hounding and trapping), the National Rifle Association, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, and Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine told . . . 

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Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn’t stopped so many pet stores we’ve investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells. This year we sent . . . 

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An Epidemic of Unprovoked Human Attacks on Wolves

An Epidemic of Unprovoked Human Attacks on Wolves

If you want to understand why The HSUS and HSLF are working so hard to prevent the trophy hunting, commercial trapping, and hounding of wolves in Michigan, look no farther than the other states in the Great Lakes region and in the Northern Rockies that . . . 

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Bill Maher, Danny DeVito Tell Chris Christie That Pigs Matter

By on October 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Bill Maher, Danny DeVito Tell Chris Christie That Pigs Matter

Comedian Bill Maher made a special appeal to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – asking him, on the opinion pages of Saturday’s New York Times, to sign a bill banning gestation crates. Noting that polling shows that a rather astonishing 93 percent of New Jersey . . . 

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NIH Terminates Funding for Research Using Randomly Sourced Dogs

NIH Terminates Funding for Research Using Randomly Sourced Dogs

Many readers know that the issue of random source “Class B” dog and cat dealers is one that our founders confronted in the earliest days of The HSUS. We’ve consistently worked through the years to put an end to the practice of dealers rounding up dogs . . . 

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Little Competition, Lots of Soring at This Year’s Celebration

By on September 16, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Little Competition, Lots of Soring at This Year’s Celebration

With so many lawmakers signed on to legislation that would substantially upgrade the federal law against horse soring – the practice of deliberately wounding a horse’s legs and hooves to create the artificial, high-stepping gait known as the “big lick” – we hear from industry leaders . . . 

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More Tricks From Horse Soring Crowd as the Spotlight Shines on the Celebration

By on August 29, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
More Tricks From Horse Soring Crowd as the Spotlight Shines on the Celebration

As the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration culminates this weekend, there is controversy and cover-up again marring the biggest event in the walking horse show world.   For decades the walking horse show industry has tried to hide the intentional injuring of horses’ feet and . . . 

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Trumped Up Charges Against Wolves, Dirty Dealings With Voters

By on August 19, 2014 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trumped Up Charges Against Wolves, Dirty Dealings With Voters

When lawmakers take an oath to “faithfully discharge the duties” of their office, they shouldn’t play games with the voters who put them there in the first place. Michigan lawmakers are trying to keep voters from weighing in on the fate of their state's small, . . . 

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Acting Like Hammer Heads When It Comes to Sharks

Acting Like Hammer Heads When It Comes to Sharks

This week, Shark Week returned to Discovery Channel as it has every summer since 1988. Shark Week’s programs tend to portray the shark as aggressive predators, mainly to titillate viewers – though not nearly as sensationally as the 1970s movie Jaws, which did deep and . . . 

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No Ivory Auctions at Christie’s

No Ivory Auctions at Christie’s

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation today to forbid his state from participating in the international trade in elephant ivory and rhino horns. This is the first law in the country to prohibit any imports or intrastate sale of such items, and it comes . . . 

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‘Right to Farm’ or Right to Funnel Illegal Money Into Missouri Campaign?

By on August 1, 2014 in Companion Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
‘Right to Farm’ or Right to Funnel Illegal Money Into Missouri Campaign?

Today, the Missouri Farmers Union sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for a formal investigation into the potentially illegal use of federal pork check-off funds for a last-minute lobbying blitz in favor of Missouri’s Amendment 1, an overreaching and radical “right . . . 

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