Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

New Hampshire says ‘never again’ on puppy mill abuse

New Hampshire says ‘never again’ on puppy mill abuse

Yesterday, in the company of three adorable puppies whose mother had endured the misery of a Wolfeboro mansion that doubled as the nation’s most unusual puppy mill, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced his support for comprehensive reforms to strengthen the state’s animal cruelty laws and update its commercial breeder regulations. At the Wolfeboro property, . . . 

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British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

This week, British Columbia’s newly formed government, responding to the will of an overwhelming majority of the province’s citizens and following through on its own campaign promise, announced a ban on all trophy hunting of grizzly bears there, starting in November. Under the prior Liberal government, B.C. had become the world’s grizzly-bear-hunting hub, with trophy . . . 

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The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

Since a dozen or so hoofed mammals and the red jungle fowl were domesticated for use in agriculture starting 10,000 years ago, humanity has put animals ever more squarely at the center of the human experience. By conscripting other species for meat, eggs, labor, and other purposes, ancient civilizations assumed duties and responsibilities to animals, . . . 

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Tamping down the war on wolves

Tamping down the war on wolves

Wolves are in the crosshairs of trophy hunters, commercial trappers, ranchers, state and federal lawmakers, and state and federal wildlife managers in established areas of their range throughout North America. We are a counter-weight to those threats, particularly in the United States, and last week, The HSUS won a signature battle for wolves. The U.S. . . . 

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Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Illegal horse soring operators get shut down with their attacks on animal groups in the courts

Horse soring – a practice where unethical and remorseless trainers intentionally injure the front feet and legs of horses by mechanical or chemical means to exaggerate the animals’ gait in order to win ribbons in the show ring – is one of the most disgraceful forms of organized cruelty practiced in a highly organized way . . . 

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Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

Breaking news: Federal appeals court rules to maintain protections for Great Lakes wolves

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has sided with The HSUS and other animal welfare groups and ruled that federal protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act should be maintained for 4,000 or so wolves inhabiting the northern reaches of the boreal forests of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This was . . . 

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The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

The HSUS reports that bald eagles can’t soar with lead weighing them down

Iconic symbols of the United States and also one of the first animals to be protected under the Endangered Species Act, bald eagles are dying in alarming numbers, according to an HSUS survey of news reports. The analysis reveals that lead poisoning has afflicted more than 70 bald eagles in the last year. These, of . . . 

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Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

Great Danes recuperating, NH political leaders rallying to strengthen laws

Last month, I wrote about a startling rescue The HSUS carried out with law enforcement officials in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eighty-four Great Danes had been living in a suspected puppy mill being run out of a mansion that looked grand on the outside but was rotten on the inside. The situation had deteriorated so badly . . . 

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U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

U.S. House votes to end VA’s painful experiments on dogs

Yesterday, I called on you to take action to support a bipartisan amendment to a defense spending bill to halt federal funding of painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities for the upcoming fiscal year. So many of you responded, and Congress listened. The House passed the amendment last night by voice vote. . . . 

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U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

U.S. House could vote today to ban VA’s invasive, painful experiments on dogs

Puppies and adult dogs are subjected to botched surgeries, induced heart attacks, and other invasive procedures, and then euthanized, as part of experiments carried out at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals – and you and other American taxpayers are funding it. This disturbing fact was recently uncovered at the McGuire Medical Center VA hospital in Richmond, . . . 

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