Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

Shaking it up for sharks in 2020

We’ve never cared for the cheap, lurid television programming tied to Shark Week, preferring to join with other groups and media outlets in a celebration of this apex species found in all of the world’s oceans and even sometimes in rivers. Sharks are part of . . . 

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Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

Virtually the best conference ever: registration open for Taking Action for Animals Online 2020

The fundamental purpose of our marquee advocacy training event, Taking Action for Animals Online, occurring on September 19 and 20, is to support greater political and social engagement by those who care about animals. COVID-19 hasn’t changed a thing in that regard, and TAFA 2020 . . . 

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Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

Attorney for USVI speaks out on animal fighting as HSUS plans trainings on Guam and in USVI

We were pleased with today’s news that U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert of the U.S. Virgin Islands has reminded Virgin Islanders that animal fighting is now illegal there under federal law. Shappert’s announcement reflected not simply her strong grasp of the connections between animal fighting . . . 

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House passes second funding package with welcome news for chimpanzees, right whales and farm animals

House passes second funding package with welcome news for chimpanzees, right whales and farm animals

The U.S. House has just approved additional help for animals, including right whales, chimpanzees and farm animals, as it continues the process of appropriating funds for federal agencies and departments for FY2021. The provisions that passed the full floor today by a vote of 217 . . . 

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Industry support for Humane Cosmetics Act grows, with 900 companies supporting an end to animal testing

Industry support for Humane Cosmetics Act grows, with 900 companies supporting an end to animal testing

Momentum for passing a federal law against animal testing for cosmetics continues to grow, with some of the strongest support coming from the industry that makes and markets these products. This week, we reached an important milestone with 300 independent companies now officially endorsing the . . . 

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Bills introduced in Congress to stop faster speeds at slaughterhouses

Bills introduced in Congress to stop faster speeds at slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouses have emerged as hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, with more than 37,000 cases tied to meatpacking plants and more than 160 workers dead. But instead of curtailing practices that put workers at greater risk, like fast slaughter speeds that require . . . 

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Florida black bear cub poaching incident is a reminder of the need to coexist with wildlife

Florida black bear cub poaching incident is a reminder of the need to coexist with wildlife

Last month, so many Floridians were shocked when the decaying body of a yearling bear cub, fondly nicknamed Bailey by members of the sprawling community that he sometimes visited, was discovered. This was an unlawful killing on its face, one that violated Florida regulations, but . . . 

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Pup paralyzed after brutal beating demonstrates urgency for Iowa to make animal torture a felony

Pup paralyzed after brutal beating demonstrates urgency for Iowa to make animal torture a felony

Earlier this month, Drax, a four-month-old puppy, was rushed to an Iowa emergency room with what appeared to be intense pain and paralysis in his rear legs. Drax’s owner, Thomas Hand, had been seen by witnesses beating and throwing the pup around. When the veterinarians . . . 

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Victory! Court says San Francisco fur ban will stay

Victory! Court says San Francisco fur ban will stay

A federal court judge last night threw out a challenge to San Francisco’s ban on the sale of fur, in a historic victory against this unnecessary and immensely cruel commodity. The city’s ban, which passed in 2018, took effect earlier this year and it led . . . 

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HSUS/HSLF video lays bare the terrible practice of soring, as industry prepares for annual walking horse ‘Celebration’

HSUS/HSLF video lays bare the terrible practice of soring, as industry prepares for annual walking horse ‘Celebration’

Trainers who paint horses’ legs with harsh acids and chemicals that burn through the skin, causing unspeakable pain to the animals, then add heavy shoes and tie chains on top of those wounds to intensify their suffering. Trainers who hit horses with sticks and shove . . . 

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South Carolina pet owners sue Petland for selling them sick puppies

South Carolina pet owners sue Petland for selling them sick puppies

Newlyweds Megan and Tim Madden were looking to grow their family when they saw a soft-coated wheaten terrier in one of Petland’s targeted Instagram advertisements. It was love at first sight. But when the Maddens met the dog—who they later named Chewie—at the store, they . . . 

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Breaking: HSUS/HSLF report identifies key U.S. policy changes needed to avoid another pandemic

Breaking: HSUS/HSLF report identifies key U.S. policy changes needed to avoid another pandemic

Recently, the United Nations identified some of the top drivers of zoonotic diseases, like COVID-19, that spread from animals to humans. Not surprisingly, the top three factors specified align exactly with issues the Humane Society family of organizations named in May in our own global . . . 

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