Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

The Latest on Pigs, Puppy Mills, and Laying Hens

The Latest on Pigs, Puppy Mills, and Laying Hens

There’s so much positive change afoot for animals, but it’s also true that we are more or less always in the throes of battle as a movement, with tough fights being waged right now and many more looming in the months and years ahead.  This . . . 

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The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

By on February 25, 2014 in Animal Rescue and Care, Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The Rule of Law, and the Criminal Enterprises of Cockfighting and Horse Soring

Recently, a group of cockfighters made some noise in Kentucky, threatening to oust U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in his 2014 re-election bid because he voted in January for the Farm Bill, which included an HSUS-backed provision to make it a federal crime to attend or . . . 

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Unfinished Business for Laying Hens

By on February 18, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Unfinished Business for Laying Hens

Now that the King amendment is dead, and President Obama’s signature is on the Farm Bill, discussion has turned to the fate of the federal legislation backed by The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers (UEP), along with a raft . . . 

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Protect and Serve – Including the Animals

Protect and Serve – Including the Animals

In recent years, there’s been a step-by-step fortifying of the legal framework against cruelty, with felony-level penalties adopted for dogfighting, cockfighting, and other extreme acts of violence against animals.  In addition, every day there are more and more interventions against cruelty in dozens of communities . . . 

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Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

By on January 28, 2014 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Bill Plows Under King Amendment

On top of major gains in Congress in recent weeks to get government-owned chimps out of labs and to prevent the resumption of commercial horse slaughter on U.S. soil, we are poised to see a major upgrade of the federal law against animal fighting and . . . 

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Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

By on January 23, 2014 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Factory Farmers Off to Slow Start on Ag-Gag Bill in 2014

Last year, HSUS led the fight in fending off “ag-gag” bills in 11 states, with particularly feverish battles in Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming – all states where we’ve conducted investigations that led to exposes of abuses, whether puppy mills, horse soring, or gestation crate confinement. . . . 

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Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

By on January 2, 2014 in Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Horse Slaughter In the U.S.: The Dumbest Business Idea Since New Coke

Tomorrow, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King will be back in court seeking to block the opening of a horse slaughter plant in his state because of unresolved questions about waste disposal and unsafe chemicals in the meat. We hope he prevails. Attorney General King—joined . . . 

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Law & Order: Special Victims APL Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims APL Unit

After I was elected president of The HSUS nearly a decade ago – and right on the heels of our corporate combination with The Fund for Animals – one thing I set out to do was to create a dedicated unit of animal protection lawyers . . . 

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Top 10 News Stories for HSUS in 2013

Top 10 News Stories for HSUS in 2013

Today, I round up the top news stories driven by The HSUS. There were certainly other big stories centering on animals, and the publicity surrounding the release of “Blackfish” was perhaps the most notable one, generating massive concern over the plight of captive marine mammals. . . . 

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Our Top Achievements for Dogs and Cats, at Home and Abroad

Our Top Achievements for Dogs and Cats, at Home and Abroad

The HSUS’ visionary founders did not want to duplicate the work of the local animal shelters. They wanted to complement and augment that work by professionalizing the field and taking on problems beyond the reach of local organizations. In the early years, when it came . . . 

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The Videos That Animal Abusers Don’t Want You to See

The Videos That Animal Abusers Don’t Want You to See

If you don’t think video of animals, and specifically of animal cruelty, has the power to drive social reform and behavior changes, then take note of what happened this year in nearly a dozen state legislatures in 2013. From California to Indiana to Tennessee to . . . 

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Our Top 13 Transformational Achievements in 2013

Our Top <strong>13</strong> Transformational Achievements in 20<strong>13</strong>

The HSUS and its affiliates are the nation’s number-one provider of animal care, through the work of our animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, Animal Rescue Team, Pets for Life program, wildlife response units, veterinary division, international street dog defenders, and other hands-on programs. This year, . . . 

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