Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Wildlife killing contests are animal welfare and conservation disgrace

Wildlife killing contests are animal welfare and conservation disgrace

In October and November, participants in two gruesome wildlife killing contests in Nevada compete to claim the most coyote carcasses for cash or other prizes. The town of Austin recently held its annual Coyote Derby in early October, and next month the Nevada Predator Hunters will hold the 8th Annual Nevada Coyote Calling Championship in . . . 

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Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified rescue organizations supply the animals. Pet stores will have one . . . 

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Ballot measure launched to ban trophy hunting of America’s lions

Ballot measure launched to ban trophy hunting of America’s lions

Two summers ago, a color photograph of Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer and his hunting guide kneeling over Cecil, an African lion they’d slain, found its way onto social media platforms and ricocheted across the planet. In response, 45 of the world’s biggest airlines – including all major U.S. carriers – said they’d no longer ship . . . 

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Global movement against the ivory trade gains more momentum

Global movement against the ivory trade gains more momentum

“On animal welfare we will take the tough action necessary to deal with those whose callousness or greed inflicts pain and suffering on innocent creatures. At the moment the maximum sentence for animal cruelty is just six months. I believe that when we face deliberate, calculating and sadistic behavior, we need to deploy the full . . . 

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Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced yesterday that the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act is not going to come up for consideration on the House floor anytime soon. That’s a relief. But let’s be clear: this disgraceful bill should never be revived or resuscitated. It’s an appalling package of reckless items on gun . . . 

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Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

Today, I stood shoulder to shoulder with leaders from some of the best known Native American tribes in the West – the Shoshone Bannock, Hopi, and the Crow Creek Sioux, among others – to support the introduction of federal legislation that will establish special protections for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. Wildlife advocate . . . 

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The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

Today, we face the most severe political threat to wild horses since the enactment of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which Congress passed in response to the random and methodical killing of horses and burros on our western lands by ranchers and others who considered the animals trespassers. Now some players . . . 

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NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

NYC pet store investigated by HSUS shuttered, but larger policy reforms needed

The Chelsea Kennel Club – a boutique Manhattan pet store that was the focus of an HSUS undercover investigation released just two months ago – appears to be shuttered. In July, we posted a heartbreaking video of sick puppies and deficient care there, which attracted five million views on Facebook. Today no one is answering . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. In . . . 

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HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

HSUS calls on L’Oréal to embrace a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics

Some years ago, a handful of companies rejected animal testing as a research and development practice and chose to only market products known to be safe to consumers. As a nod to the growing ranks of consumers concerned about animal cruelty, they affixed a symbol on their packaging to signal “No Animal Testing.” Over time, . . . 

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