Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Judgment Day in Congress on Animal Issues

Judgment Day in Congress on Animal Issues

The 41 Senators and Representatives selected to serve on the conference committee for the Farm Bill met for the first time today, with opening statements from all the members. Two critical measures – one good, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act; and one bad, the . . . 

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Lead-ing the Way in California

Lead-ing the Way in California

Bullets should not keep killing long after they’ve left the barrel of a firearm. Soon, in California, they won’t. In an act that will have major national reverberations for hunting and ammunitions manufacturing in the United States, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation to make . . . 

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States Take Steps to Prevent Zombie Deer and Poisoned Condors

By on September 11, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
States Take Steps to Prevent Zombie Deer and Poisoned Condors

In recent days, decision-makers in two of our largest states gave the thumbs-up to critical policies designed to prevent the incidental death and destruction of wildlife – one, in California, to stop the random, mass poisoning of wildlife by phasing out the dispersal of lead . . . 

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USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

USDA Announces Landmark Rule to Crack Down on Online Puppy Mills

Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today. This change, a long-held aspiration for The . . . 

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King Delivers Legislative Kudzu in Farm Bill

King Delivers Legislative Kudzu in Farm Bill

As members of Congress leave Washington today and return to their districts for the August recess, opposition to the Farm Bill amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is swelling. The King amendment is a sort of legislative kudzu, so invasive and dangerous it could . . . 

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Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust

By on July 26, 2013 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust

As our society makes continuing progress on animal welfare, exposing cruelty and creating social, corporate and public policy standards, there’s an inevitable backlash from the industries that want to continue to do things just the same as always. I’ve written about the funded brand attack . . . 

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Steve King on Mules – and Pigs and Puppies

Steve King on Mules – and Pigs and Puppies

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is again in the news for embarrassing, offensive statements – this time for his rants about immigrants and immigration policy. He told an Iowa radio show host that undocumented immigrant children are often drug mules who carry illegal substances across the . . . 

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Turn Up the Heat

By on July 18, 2013 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Turn Up the Heat

I know it’s plenty hot in these dog days of summer, but we need to turn up the heat even more in our fight to ensure that the King amendment isn’t part of a final Farm Bill or any other legislation that may end up . . . 

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One Step Forward, One Big Step Back in Congress

One Step Forward, One Big Step Back in Congress

Today, there was a positive step forward on Capitol Hill in the effort to get laboratory chimps to sanctuaries, but there was a setback in the House with the passage of a highly partisan, retrograde Farm Bill that could set back state policies on animal . . . 

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The Maine Event for Bears

The Maine Event for Bears

Last year members of The HSUS and other animal welfare and environmental organizations convinced state lawmakers in California to pass legislation to ban hound hunting of bears. It’s been a major issue in Maine as well, and this year, our allies in the Maine legislature . . . 

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The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

The Repercussions of Callousness, Carelessness, and Cruelty

I often say there are bad outcomes all around when humans are bad to animals. When we at The HSUS work with law enforcement on raids of dogfights and cockfights, we often find other criminal behavior is taking place in these situations, like narcotics trafficking . . . 

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Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

By on June 17, 2013 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Animal Welfare May Take Center Stage As House Takes Up Farm Bill

On Friday, the California-based Santa Rosa Press Democrat published an editorial calling out the hypocrisy of the Farm Bill amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, “who will enthusiastically tell you that Washington meddles too much in state and local affairs. Until he disagrees with . . . 

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