Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

Breaking news: U.S. Senate unanimously passes PACT Act to crack down on animal cruelty crimes

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654, this evening, getting us dramatically closer to the day when the nation has a federal anti-cruelty statute that allows the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to crack down on malicious cruelty and also the sexual exploitation of innocent . . . 

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Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

In 2017, The HSUS continued its campaign to bring about major transformational change in the food and agriculture sector, specifically by rolling out its Nine Billion Lives campaign to take out so much of the pain and misery from the conventional means of raising and killing broiler chickens (those raised for meat). Meanwhile, we’ve been . . . 

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Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

Breaking news: Guilty verdict for New Hampshire breeder who kept Great Danes in deplorable conditions

After an extraordinary intervention by local law enforcement officials and HSUS personnel this summer to shut down a Great Dane commercial breeder operating out of a mansion in a summer resort community in New Hampshire, justice has been rendered. Today, a New Hampshire court convicted Christina Fay of 10 counts of animal cruelty. It was . . . 

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National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

National Park Service plan to kill bison in Grand Canyon unneeded, unwarranted

The National Park Service (NPS), with a shameful record of allowing the killing of bison who migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park and onto adjacent federal lands, is now planning on opening up a second front against these great and lumbering beasts, the biggest mammals in North America. This time, the NPS is impassively pursuing . . . 

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Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

Survey of American electorate reveals overwhelming opposition to trophy hunting

We have no better evidence of the non-partisan nature of animal protection than new data from a national poll, released this week by The HSUS, that shows deep and widespread opposition to trophy hunting, including strong disapproval of allowing imports of sport-hunted elephant and lion trophies from several African nations. The survey showed that voters, . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and in legislative assemblies at the state and federal level. Each . . . 

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Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

Enormous issues hang in the balance for horses, wolves, and grizzlies in Congressional spending bill

As we move into December, one of the most important fights in Congress relates to the massive spending bill to fund the operations of the federal government in 2018 – where the House and Senate try to find agreement between the respective bills in each chamber and send one final plan to the president for . . . 

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U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

While we eagerly await President Trump’s follow-up on his decision to suspend imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, we hope he takes a broad look at the trophy hunting of other threatened and endangered species and stops all imports of the animals for their heads, tusks, and other body parts. More . . . 

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American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

Our federal government illegally allowed U.S. trophy hunters to import at least 280 lion trophies from South Africa’s cruel captive lion breeding and killing facilities. It allowed body parts to come into the country in spite of a policy implemented at the beginning of last year that shooting and then importing these lions in fenced-in . . . 

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Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Trophy hunting has been on the front page and the opinion page and on television in the past week, after news broke that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made regulatory moves to overturn restrictions on the import of African elephants and African lions. There was a jolt of additional news after President Trump signaled . . . 

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