Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

The World Trade Organization today issued a final decision in its ruling to the inhumane global seal trade, and gave a precedent-setting boost to our domestic and international efforts to prevent animal abuse. The international body that sets the rules of the road on global trade . . . 

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The “Big Lick”: Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?

By on May 14, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The “Big Lick”: Fancy Footwork, or Intentional Cruelty?

Today, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act reached a new threshold of Congressional support. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., became the 100th House Republican cosponsor of H.R. 1518. There are also 176 House Democrat cosponsors, making a grand total of 276 as of now. The Senate bill, which has already passed the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has the bipartisan support of 52 cosponsors.

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Weak Laws Bring Cockfighters, Mafia Flocking Into Kentucky

Weak Laws Bring Cockfighters, Mafia Flocking Into Kentucky

Cockfighters are on the run, or better yet, in handcuffs, like never before.  In recent days, there have been rescues in California, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, and there seems to be a new resolve among so many different law enforcement agencies nationwide . . . 

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The Continuing Struggle Against Malicious Cruelty

By on May 6, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Continuing Struggle Against Malicious Cruelty

The unconscionable slaying of 25 cats, whose bodies were found hanging from trees in Yonkers, New York, is a grim and grisly reminder of why it is so crucial to find the people who commit such acts and to bring them to justice. The HSUS trains local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel on investigating and prosecuting people who commit cruelty.

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Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

Going Nuclear Against Dogfighting

This week, we got one step closer by making dogfighting an explicit crime in Costa Rica. The new legislation, sent to the president for her signature, prohibits the reproduction of material related to dogfighting training and the import, creation, purchase, and sale of dogfighting training equipment. Lawmakers at the national level voted unanimously to create a much stronger battery of laws criminalizing dogfighting

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Full-Court Press in the Courts

Full-Court Press in the Courts

With 24 litigators on staff—aided by a network of over 1,000 pro bono lawyers from the nation’s top law firms—The HSUS’ legal team is working like never before to help all animals, on both the domestic and international stages, and to bring new levels of firepower to protecting animals.

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Even More Winds of Change Blowing for Whales

By on April 14, 2014 in Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Even More Winds of Change Blowing for Whales

Whalers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have decided to stop hunting whales and instead join the whale watching industry as an alternative. This is the latest in a cascade of decisions and actions that are bringing us considerably closer to the end of whaling on our planet.

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See World From Orca’s Eyes

See World From Orca’s Eyes

It’s been just a little over four years since the captive orca whale Tilikum killed SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in Orlando. But largely due to a powerful documentary, “Blackfish,” so many Americans now see the issue of cetaceans in captivity from a different perspective, and there are serious questions about whether a business model built around captive display of orcas is either economically sustainable or morally acceptable.

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Mountain Lions, Horse Soring, and Politics in America

By on April 1, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Mountain Lions, Horse Soring, and Politics in America

When it comes to animal cruelty, you stand for it or against it. So many politicians – Republicans and Democrats – join with us in our desire to root it out and end it forever, but there are still too many of them who think they can pull a fast one with the voters and confuse their constituents with fast talk and the rhetoric of reform. We’ll be working hard to tell the full story and to demand real reform, since so many lives hang in the balance.

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NRA, Farm Bureau Stand in Way of Progress

NRA, Farm Bureau Stand in Way of Progress

This week, as always, there are an extraordinary number of high-profile outcomes as well as continuing debate over the major issues The HSUS is engaged upon.  Here are a few short takes: One of the pigs I met while visiting Lucky 3 farms in North . . . 

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Sounding the Alarm on Horse Soring

By on March 18, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Sounding the Alarm on Horse Soring

  A horse at the National Celebration in Shelbyville in 2013, one of many wearing chains and stacks. This week, The HSUS rolled out a new television advertisement calling on lawmakers to crack down on the illegal, unethical, and inhumane practice of horse “soring” – . . . 

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Fighting for All Animals, Everywhere

Fighting for All Animals, Everywhere

Dogs at the suspected puppy mill prior to being rescued. You can view a slideshow of the rescue here. Photo by Shannon Johnstone “For far too long, dogs have been suffering like this in puppy mills across North Carolina,” Kim Alboum, the HSUS state director . . . 

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