Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules adopted in 2016 and in January 2017 to protect grizzly . . . 

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Breaking news: British Columbia strengthens ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Breaking news: British Columbia strengthens ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears

Today, British Columbia’s New Democratic Party government delivered on its campaign promise and more by announcing a provincial ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears, even if the hunters involved claim they eat the meat of the animal. The NDP, in cooperation with the Green Party, ousted the Liberals in elections earlier this year, gaining . . . 

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Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

Some hints of progress in curbing cruel and wasteful USDA predator-killing program

Our federal government is in the business of killing native carnivores and birds in mindboggling numbers every year, mainly with your tax dollars. It’s an obscure program, euphemistically known as USDA Wildlife Services, and it amasses an annual body count in the millions, including wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, black bears, coyotes, foxes, and countless species . . . 

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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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