Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

HSUS, HSI and partners threaten to sue U.S. for failing to protect pangolins

Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammals in the world. For decades they have been poached indiscriminately throughout their range in Africa and Asia, driving their numbers in the wild to dangerously low levels. That’s why, four years ago, the Humane Society of the United . . . 

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New poll shows more Floridians than ever oppose hunting of black bears

New poll shows more Floridians than ever oppose hunting of black bears

Florida authorities are now considering a proposal to manage the state’s black bear population, including a plan that could open the animals to the sights of trophy hunters. But a new statewide poll shows that more than two-thirds of Floridians are against the idea of . . . 

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Louisville, KY, urges Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to stop blocking efforts to end horse soring, pass PAST Act

Louisville, KY, urges Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul to stop blocking efforts to end horse soring, pass PAST Act

Council members of the largest city in Kentucky last night adopted a resolution with a strong message for the state’s two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul: co-sponsor and help enact the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to end the torture of Tennessee walking . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

BREAKING NEWS: PACT Act passes U.S. Senate two weeks after clearing House; Bill now awaits Trump’s signature

A long-awaited law that would make some of the most brutal acts of animal cruelty federal felonies is just one signature away from becoming reality. The U.S. Senate moments ago unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, a bill that will make . . . 

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Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, ends all dog slaughter

Seoul, South Korea’s capital city, ends all dog slaughter

South Korea moved one crucial step closer to condemning its dog meat trade to history this week, with the last three dog meat shops in Seoul agreeing to stop all slaughter for dog meat within the capital city. “We will maintain the city as a . . . 

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HSUS- and HSLF-backed plan for wild horses and burros rejects slaughter, offers much-needed reprieve

HSUS- and HSLF-backed plan for wild horses and burros rejects slaughter, offers much-needed reprieve

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson America’s wild horses and burros have long been engulfed in a political quagmire, and their place on our western rangelands has been hotly contested for more than half a century. But a comprehensive, science-based management proposal promises to break . . . 

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Rescuers pulling out around 150 cats and other animals from alleged neglect situation in Pennsylvania

Rescuers pulling out around 150 cats and other animals from alleged neglect situation in Pennsylvania

It could have been the setting of an eerie movie that our Humane Society of the United States rescuers and law enforcement officers walked into this cool fall morning. The location was Washington County, Pennsylvania, and they were responding to an alleged large-scale animal neglect . . . 

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Scientists carry water for trophy hunting industry

Scientists carry water for trophy hunting industry

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson For years now, trophy hunters have spun a web of lies to tie their ruthless killing of some of the world’s most at-risk animals to fake conservation benefits. A recent exchange in the prestigious Science magazine has laid bare . . . 

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VICTORY: Court rejects challenge to federal cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories

VICTORY: Court rejects challenge to federal cockfighting ban in Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson A federal court has rejected an attempt to stop Congress from closing a loophole that allowed cockfighters to continue operating in U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam, despite the fact that cockfighting is a felony in all U.S. . . . 

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More horror stories of sick Petland puppies emerge

More horror stories of sick Petland puppies emerge

Imagine spending thousands of dollars for a puppy and seeing the delight in your children’s eyes as they cuddle their new family member, only to find yourself in a veterinary emergency room days later, with your puppy on an IV, struggling to live. Worse, imagine . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: NIH reneges on promise, will not send 44 research chimpanzees to sanctuary

BREAKING NEWS: NIH reneges on promise, will not send 44 research chimpanzees to sanctuary

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In a stunning about-face on its own promise, the National Institutes of Health today announced it will not send 44 chimpanzees, now held by the Alamogordo primate laboratory in New Mexico, to sanctuary. Just last October, NIH Director Francis . . . 

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ProTECT Act introduced in Congress to ban trophy hunting horror show

ProTECT Act introduced in Congress to ban trophy hunting horror show

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson President Trump has called trophy hunting a “horror show,” but on his watch, the Department of the Interior has dismantled regulations to protect wildlife and made it easier to import trophies of endangered and threatened animals. We have been . . . 

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