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Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Animal Rights & Welfare
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Archived Since:July 25, 2009

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A (Wolf) Pack of Lies

There is more fallout this week in the wake of the investigative series exposing politicians and state officials who made up stories out of whole cloth in order to prompt Michigan’s first wolf hunting season in half a century....       Related Stories Crying Wolf A Howling Shame King Amendment Goes to the Dogs  

Crying Wolf, which reports for eight newspapers across Michigan, has released the first stories in a jarring investigative series on how state politicians used exaggerated or completely fabricated tales of wolf incidents to justify stripping...Show More Summary

Don’t Monkey Around with Chimp Cap

If the federal government could spend its dollars in a more cost-efficient way and make programs run better, shouldn’t Congress allow it? That’s the idea behind S. 1561, the CHIMP Act Amendments of 2013, which passed the Senate Health, Education,...       Related Stories Remembering Rep. Show More Summary

Remembering Rep. Bill Young

This past week the animal protection movement lost a long-serving ally in Congress, with the passing of U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., at age 82. He served 43 years in the House, coming to Washington in 1971 during the Richard...       Related Stories What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Animals? King Amendment Goes to the Dogs How Have Your Lawmakers Scored So Far?  

How Have Your Lawmakers Scored So Far?

As we close in on the final couple months of 2013, HSLF is posting a preview of our 2013 Humane Scorecard. I hope you will check it out and see how your U.S. senators and U.S. representative have performed so...       Related Stories Growing Tide of Opposition to King Amendment King Amendment Goes to the Dogs What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Animals?  

A Howling Shame

Today marks the first day of Wisconsin’s second consecutive wolf hunting and trapping season in decades. The first wolf was killed this morning after suffering in a steel-jawed leghold trap. It’s another round of killing in what hasShow More Summary

King Amendment Goes to the Dogs

As we enter the second week of the government shutdown, the to-do list for Congress only gets longer. During the coming weeks, we will hear a lot of talk about the debt ceiling, efforts to reopen the government and debate...       Related...Show More Summary

What Does a Government Shutdown Mean for Animals?

Congressional Democrats and Republicans failed to reach agreement last night on continued funding of the federal government, and Washington this morning began the process of temporarily mothballing its programs and services. In a shutdown,...Show More Summary

Don’t Penny-Pinch on Wildlife Services Audit

At a time when Congress is in gridlock over federal spending, there should be heightened scrutiny of unnecessary and wasteful programs. A prime example is the USDA’s Wildlife Services lethal predator control program?one of the most destructive...Show More Summary

Growing Tide of Opposition to King Amendment

The House of Representatives is likely to take up the nutrition assistance portion of the Farm Bill again this week. While the House has not yet named its conferees and much work has yet to be done to negotiate a...       Related Stories Standing Up for State Laws Take Action to Protect Egg-Laying Hens, State Laws A Light at the End of the Barrel  

USDA Rule Takes a Bite Out of Online Puppy Mills

The Obama administration today took a major step to improve the treatment of thousands of dogs languishing in large-scale commercial puppy mills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a final rule to close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act...       Related Stories POTUS Pans BSL Standing Up for State Laws Out of Gas  

A Light at the End of the Barrel

Thanks to five grueling days of intensive, around-the-clock care, a very fortunate Canada goose at the Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts narrowly escaped lethal lead poisoning this week. Unable to stand, walk, or lift his head to eat when he...       Related Stories Standing Up for State Laws Take Action to Protect Egg-Laying Hens, State Laws POTUS Pans BSL  

Desert Tortoises Buried by Spending Cuts

When Congress failed to reach an agreement on deficit–reduction legislation last year, we knew budgetary issues and sequestration cuts could negatively affect animals at some point—from the number of inspectors enforcing the law at puppy mills and research labs to...       Related Stories Standing Up for State Laws POTUS Pans BSL Out of Gas  


President Obama this week announced the addition of a new First Dog, Sunny, who joins Bo as part of the First Family. We congratulate the Obamas on their new pet, and wish them years of joy and companionship. A less...       Related Stories Standing Up for State Laws Out of Gas Take Action to Protect Egg-Laying Hens, State Laws  

Standing Up for State Laws

Congress is on recess in August, but facing the remaining task to iron out a final Farm Bill and decide the outcome of Rep. Steve King’s, R-Iowa, destructive provision seeking to nullify state rules relating to agricultural standards. Show More Summary

Out of Gas

Let’s talk about progress, and how to get there. It goes without saying that we all want to see the day when there’s no more euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. Few things stir greater passions—there’s so much to do...       Related...Show More Summary

Senate Bill Introduced to Step Up Horse Protection

Two U.S. Senators are asking their colleagues to work with them to crack down on the rampant cruelty of “soring” in Tennessee walking horse show competitions. This week, U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va., introduced...Show More Summary

Kiwi’s Journey: Tips for Finding a Lost Pet

The Hill’s Judy Kurtz has a touching video interview with Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., whose lost dog, Kiwi, is back safe with her after a 13-month absence. The 9-year-old Shih Tzu mix bolted from the congresswoman’s enclosed yard in...       Related Stories Remembering Sen. Show More Summary

It’s a Captive Jungle Out There

When private citizens keep wild animals—such as lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees, and monkeys—as exotic pets, it never turns out well. The private possession of dangerous wild animals is a ticking time bomb for the owners and otherShow More Summary

One Letter Makes a Difference

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., in his weekly “Correspondence Corner” video series, took a question from a constituent who emailed him in support of H.R. 847, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, to crack down on abusive puppy mills....

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