Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

Trophy hunting organizations and state fish and wildlife agencies are in cahoots in the Southwest in executing ruthless mountain lion killing programs, typically involving radio telemetry equipment, packs of hounds, and rifles and bows they use to shoot lions they’ve driven into trees to kill at point-blank range. The trophy hunters are motivated by bragging . . . 

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Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Texas shooter’s history of cruelty fortifies case for new animal welfare laws

Devin Patrick Kelley was a miscreant as an adult—a sick and deranged human being, who left death and suffering and heartache in his wake. His worst act was the mass murder that he alone executed on Sunday, at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. But his burst of violence was not without some major . . . 

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Honors among thieves

Honors among thieves

The “big lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking horse industry is engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Many of the top winners in the industry knowingly injure horses as a customary practice in order to induce an exaggerated gait for the purpose of winning prizes—a practice known as “soring,” where trainers injure the feet or . . . 

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HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the campaign next week, with a series of two dozen grassroots . . . 

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New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

New initiative in Congress takes aim at staged animal fighting in every corner of the U.S.

When Hurricane Maria scoured the landscape of Puerto Rico, it killed people. It flattened and swallowed structures. It cut off power and left people in the dark and without refrigeration or air conditioning. It killed a lot of animals. We know, because our teams were there after the storm hit, providing humanitarian assistance and animal . . . 

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Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Time to ban horsemeat trade in all of North America, as investigation in Mexico uncovers horse sold as beef

Mexico is forging ahead on animal protection. Earlier this year, its Congress made dogfighting a felony throughout the nation. Mexico City adopted an extraordinary charter on animal protection. A number of major food retailers in Mexico have said they will change their purchasing practices to stop buying eggs and pork from operations that confine hens . . . 

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Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine Billion Lives campaign and other major animal welfare groups joined . . . 

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Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Fertility control essential to save American mustangs and burros

Looks like we’ve got four of them,” my colleague Grace Kahler offered as our HSUS truck bounced up and down on a rock-strewn dirt road at the foothills of the Black Mountains, shimmering as the first rays of sunlight warmed these desert hills Sunday morning. We were in the Golden Valley of the Mojave Desert . . . 

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Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Today New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses, just months after New York City outlawed the use of wild animals in circus acts. In June, the state assembly and senate passed S.2098b/A.464b, sponsored by state Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Yorktown, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, . . . 

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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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