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The Movement for Hens to Move

California's Prop 2, approved with 63.5 percent of the statewide vote, has already had a big impact even though its does not go into legal effect until January 2015.       Related Stories Missouri’s Right-to-Harm Amendment Super PAC Forms to Promote Animal Abuse Poultry Slaughter Rule Still in (Fowl) Play  

Show Me the Impact: Missouri's Puppy Mill Law, 4 Years Later

Though it was weakened, Missouri’s Prop B is still one of the strongest anti-puppy mill statutes in the nation. Here’s a closer look.       Related Stories Missouri’s Right-to-Harm Amendment Domestic Violence Hurts the Whole Family Flying the Friendlier Skies  

Domestic Violence Hurts the Whole Family

Domestic violence is more complicated, in terms of the social relationships, than previously understood. Many abusers will harm or threaten the beloved dog or cat of a spouse or partner as a way of exerting control over that person. As...       Related Stories Flying the Friendlier Skies PAST Act is Past Due Unsporting Bill Shot Down  

Tackling the Tusk Trade

In a welcome break from partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats are joining together to protect elephants and rhinos from illegal poaching. This month, New Jersey and New York became the first two states to ban the trade in elephant ivory...       Related Stories Top 10 (So Far) in 2014 Slow Down Needed on Sea Cow Downlisting Unsporting Bill Shot Down  

Slow Down Needed on Sea Cow Downlisting

Ask any child to name an endangered sea creature, and not every kid would list the manatee first, but that species would make almost every top 10 list. These gentle giants, who long ago inspired the mermaid myth, can grow...       Related Stories PAST Act is Past Due Unsporting Bill Shot Down Constricting the Trade in Deadly Snakes  

What to Do on Your Summer Vacation

Congress finishes its work today before heading into a month-long recess, and it provides an opportunity for animal advocates to take action during the August break. You may not be able to travel to Washington to meet with your representatives...      ...Show More Summary

PAST Act is Past Due

Congress is in session for another week before the August recess, and has a lot of work to get done. While there have been a number of notable legislative achievements for animals so far in 2014—upgrading the federal animal fighting...      ...Show More Summary

Poultry Slaughter Rule Still in (Fowl) Play

There’s some potential good news for birds, consumers and workers: although the rule is not final yet, there are indications that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has pulled back on its plan to increase line speeds at poultry slaughter...Show More Summary

Unsporting Bill Shot Down

The Senate today shot down a motion to move forward on S. 2363, the dangerous if innocuous sounding “Sportsmen’s Act,” which has been portrayed as feel-good legislation but could have serious and far-reaching consequences for wildlife,...Show More Summary

Constricting the Trade in Deadly Snakes

Nearly every week, there are news reports of human encounters with non-native large constrictor snakes, such as boa constrictors and reticulated pythons, in residential neighborhoods. These large, powerful animals already have become...Show More Summary

Vet Care on the Move

The House today approved a bill to allow veterinarians to transport and dispense important drugs for veterinary care in remote situations outside of their registered location, ensuring that animals will not be denied critical medical...Show More Summary

Flying the Friendlier Skies

After Congress adopted some provisions of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act in 2000, sponsored by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and then-Rep. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., airlines were required to produce reports of all incidents...Show More Summary

Taking Action on Animal Testing at Home and Abroad

Today the Taking Action for Animals conference wraps up in Washington, D.C., where more than 1,250 animal protection advocates gathered to hone their skills, celebrate the progress made in our cause, lobby their congressional offices...Show More Summary

Missouri’s Right-to-Harm Amendment

The August 5th primary election in Missouri will ask voters there whether to approve Amendment 1, which seeks to enshrine the “right to farm” in the state constitution. It’s being pushed by the same politicians and special interestsShow More Summary

Tightening Slaughter Rules for School Lunches

There’s good news for efforts to fortify enforcement and crack down on inhumane practices at slaughter plants. The Agricultural Marketing Service, the division of the USDA that buys meat for the National School Lunch Program, just announced...Show More Summary

Taking Stock of Progress in Maryland

Just in time for early voting to begin in the Maryland primary election, we are pleased to release the Maryland Humane Scorecard, a joint project of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and our good friends at Maryland Votes for Animals....       Related Stories Super Tuesday for Animals Super PAC Forms to Promote Animal Abuse Top 10 (So Far) in 2014  

Progress for Orcas, but Horses Still at Risk

The House started in on the annual agriculture spending bill yesterday, and began debate on a number of amendments. The appropriations bill already includes a provision, approved by a bipartisan vote in committee, preventing the useShow More Summary

Fast and Furious Line Speeds No Good for Birds or People

More than eight billion chickens and turkeys are raised for food each year in the U.S.—that’s just about a million slaughtered every day. The USDA exempts poultry from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, so these birds lack even the...Show More Summary

Appropriators Team Up to Help Animals

The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have each produced their agriculture spending bills for Fiscal Year 2015, and both bills contain good news for animals. While the House and Senate will need to reconcile their differences to arrive at a...       Related Stories Top 10 (So Far) in 2014 Don’t Muzzle Vet Care 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress  

Super PAC Forms to Promote Animal Abuse

Every day, every minute, animals are at risk somewhere, whether they’re languishing in abusive puppy mills, confined in metal cages on industrial factory farms where they can barely move an inch, or caught up in some other enterprise that puts...       Related Stories 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress Super Tuesday for Animals Top 10 (So Far) in 2014  

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