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Montana: The Nation’s Safe Haven for Dogfighting Boosters

There's only one state in the country that hasn't criminalized attending a dogfight. If you live in Montana, contact your legislators today to protect dogs.       Related Stories Animal Fighting Suffers a Knockdown Arizonans Rally to Keep Cruelty Code Intact Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State  

Animal Fighting Suffers a Knockdown

It’s been a big week in our major campaign to crack down on the brutal bloodsport of animal fighting.       Related Stories Arizonans Rally to Keep Cruelty Code Intact Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State The 113th Congress in Review for Animals  

Arizonans Rally to Keep Cruelty Code Intact

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey nixed a misguided and dangerous bill that would have created one set of rules for companion animals and another, weaker, one for farm animals and horses.       Related Stories Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress The 113th Congress in Review for Animals  

Big Ag’s Power Grab in the Grand Canyon State

Their latest gambit of factory farming deception is unfolding in Arizona, where the legislature has passed House Bill 2150, which contains some red herring provisions to give it the illusion of being pro-animal welfare.       Related Stories Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress The 113th Congress in Review for Animals Did Your Members of Congress Make the Grade?  

Tiger Loopholes Put People and Animals at Risk

There is a crisis with captive tigers across the nation, and the Obama administration must do something about it. By some estimates there are more tigers living in the United States today than there are remaining in the wild in...      ...Show More Summary

The 113th Congress in Review for Animals

Despite two years of gridlock in the 113th Congress, as well as some major setbacks and disappointments, Congress produced a number of important results for animals.       Related Stories Did Your Members of Congress Make the Grade? Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress The Little Engine That Could Carry Pets  

PAWS Act Would Protect Pets in Abusive Homes

Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) reintroduced a critical piece of legislation to help domestic violence victims and their beloved pets. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, H.R....Show More Summary

Lawmakers Howl for Problem Solving on Wolf Protection

While some members of Congress continue to demagogue the wolf issue, calling for the complete removal of federal protections and a return to overreaching and reckless state management plans that resulted in sport hunting, trapping, and...Show More Summary

The Little Engine That Could Carry Pets

The first animal protection bill of the 114th Congress is on track and leaving the station. I wrote last month about the introduction of the Pets on Trains Act, H.R. 674, by Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.,...      ...Show More Summary

Guest Post: Some Veterinarians Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Some veterinarians are trying to shut down nonprofit and low-cost veterinary clinics for struggling pet owners.       Related Stories Did Your Members of Congress Make the Grade? The 113th Congress in Review for Animals Top 14 in ’1...

Politicians Crying Wolf

With fragmented populations numbering just 5,000 or so wolves in the lower 48 states—and so many of the survivors having lost family members as a consequence of traps and guns—these iconic canids face more threats to their survival than ever....       

All Aboard: Pets on Trains is Just the Ticket

Cassie was moving from New York City to Spring Lake, North Carolina, and she was devastated by the idea of giving up her five-year-old cat, Boots, who had been her beloved companion since he was a kitten. She was traveling...       

Did Your Members of Congress Make the Grade?

Think of the Humane Scorecard as a handy tool to see where your federal legislators stand on our movement’s key policy issues.       Related Stories The 113th Congress in Review for Animals Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress Top 14 in ’14  

The 113th Congress in Review for Animals

As the gavel comes down on the 113th Congress (which spanned January 2013 to December 2014) and the new 114th Congress begins its work today, it’s a good time to take stock of what was achieved and what lies ahead...       Related Stories Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress Top 14 in ’14 Are Your Lawmakers Making the Grade?  

Audit Shows Lax Lab Enforcement

The HSUS and HSLF are at the forefront of legislative reforms concerning animal welfare, but it’s not enough to just pass laws—we must work diligently to ensure they are enforced and that there are consequences for those who don’t follow...      ...Show More Summary

Highlights for Animals From the 113th Congress

The 113th Congress, spanning January 2013 to December 2014, may be remembered for its relative lack of productivity and growing polarization. In terms of general lawmaking, it appears this Congress enacted fewer laws, by a wide margin,...Show More Summary

Top 14 in ’14

2014 brought tremendous progress, closing the gaps in the legal framework for animals and ushering in new standards in society for how animals they’re treated. Here’s a recap of what I the top 14 state victories for animals in 2014.      ...Show More Summary

Horse Slaughter, Wildlife Trafficking, Other Issues at Stake in Spending Bill

If the House and Senate pass an omnibus spending bill this week, there will be a number of good outcomes for horses, elephants, and other creatures, but also some harmful provisions for animal welfare.       Related Stories Defense Bill Takes Aim at Wildlife Trafficking Focus on Enforcement of Dog and Cat Fur Law Victory for U.S. Show More Summary

Victory for U.S. Horses: European Commission Suspends Horsemeat Imports From Mexico

The European Commission has suspended the import of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union due to food safety concerns, and it’s a decision that has huge implications for the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Killer...Show More Summary

Defense Bill Takes Aim at Wildlife Trafficking

At this critical time, we must do everything in our power to curb wildlife trafficking and turn back the tide on the elephant poaching crisis.       Related Stories Focus on Enforcement of Dog and Cat Fur Law Pentagon is on Active Duty for Animals 2014 Election Wrap-Up: Mixed Results and Hope on the Horizon for Animals  

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