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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  

Closing Down the Downer Loophole

t’s been years in the making, but not a moment too soon, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved one step further on a rule to ban the slaughter of downer veal calves too sick, injured or weak to stand and walk on their own.       Related Stories Top 10 (So Far) in 2014 Super Tuesday for Animals Eating with a Conscience in Congress  

Super Tuesday for Animals

It took less than ten minutes after the Kentucky polls closed last night for Sen. Mitch McConnell to be declared the victor in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate over challenger Matt Bevin—about the same amount of time birds with...       Related Stories 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress Top 10 (So Far) in 2014 The King Grinch Who Stole State Ag Laws  

Top 10 (So Far) in 2014

We’re just over a third of the way through 2014, and 42 new animal protection laws have already been enacted this year in the states. It continues the surge in policymaking at the state level, and in total, it makes...       Related Stories 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress The King Grinch Who Stole State Ag Laws Cruelty to Donkeys, Fleecing of Taxpayers  

A Doggone Fur by Any Other Name

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it was doubling down on the industry-coined name “Asiatic raccoon” by refusing to update it to the proper English name “raccoon dog” in its amended fur labeling regulations. As part of...Show More Summary

Eating with a Conscience in Congress

U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., yesterday announced that he and his staff are participating in Meatless Mondays in both his Washington, D.C. and San Fernando Valley offices, to raise awareness of how food choices impact public health,...Show More Summary

The Politics of Cockfighting and Horse Slaughter

Tonight, WAVE 3 News in Louisville is airing an exclusive story, for which reporter John Boel went undercover with a hidden camera at a recent pro-cockfighting rally. The investigative report asks the question, “What did Kentucky politicians...Show More Summary

Incredible Scam to Kill Inedible Wolves

There is more fallout from the Michigan wolf hunt scandal, in which state legislators relied on and trafficked in exaggerated and even fabricated stories about wolf incidents as they went about authorizing a hunt on the state’s small...Show More Summary

Key Senators Step Up to Pass PAST Act

A horse at the National Celebration in Shelbyville in 2013, one of many wearing chains and stacks. Contact your member of Congress today and ask them to pass the PAST act today. The Senate Commerce Committee today approved, by a...       Related Stories Sore Losers: A Bill for the Horse Soring Crowd Kentucky’s Bevin Courts Cockfighting Vote A Humane Makeover for Makeup  

Foot-in-Mouth Disease Strikes Kentucky Senate candidate

GOP Senate candidate Matt Bevin has offered a number of excuses, since news broke that he attended a rally organized to promote the legalization of cockfighting in Kentucky. He said he’s “never been to a cockfight, don’t condone cockfighting,”...Show More Summary

Kentucky’s Bevin Courts Cockfighting Vote

Politicians running for statewide office are known to show up at festivals, parades, county fairs, diners, a variety of commemorations, and even funerals. But it takes a very special kind of candidate to be a featured speaker at a cockfighting...      ...Show More Summary

Buck Fever: Captive Hunting Industry Threatens Wildlife, Taxpayers

An 18-month investigation by The Indianapolis Star, led by reporter and lifelong hunter Ryan Sabalow, has pulled back the curtain on the captive hunting industry in the United States. The remarkable four-part series, “Buck Fever,” exposes...Show More Summary

State by State, the March of Progress for Animals

If you live in West Virginia, the days of having a tiger or chimpanzee in the house next door are coming to a close. Today Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation making West Virginia the 45th state to set restrictions...       Related Stories 2013 the Year of Chimps and Horses in Congress The King Grinch Who Stole State Ag Laws Cruelty to Donkeys, Fleecing of Taxpayers  

A Humane Makeover for Makeup

Many consumers are surprised to learn that in the 21st century, lipstick, blush, and other cosmetics are still tested on animals. While many nations are phasing out animal tests for cosmetics, the issue still remains a real concern in...Show More Summary

How Do Animals Fare in the President’s Budget?

President Obama has now released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015, to fund the government’s $3.5 trillion-plus operations, and the budget recommendations include several important provisions for animals. If ratified by Congress,...Show More Summary

Close Encounters Between Cops and Canines

Nearly every week there are media reports of police officers shooting dogs while responding to calls, and some of these incidents go viral once captured by a mobile device or an officer’s dashboard camera. These events are polarizing...Show More Summary

Sore Losers: A Bill for the Horse Soring Crowd

Momentum is growing in Congress to pass H.R. 1518/S. 1406, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, legislation seeking to upgrade the four-decades-old federal Horse Protection Act (HPA) to stop rampant and intentional injuring ofShow More Summary

The Last Gaff of the Cockfighting Lobby

Cockfighting has been illegal in Kentucky since 1893. But a group of active cockfighters in the state are still trying to hold onto the last vestiges of this cruel and criminal practice, deservedly on its last gasp. As Sam Youngman...       Related Stories Egg Lawsuit is All Cracked Up Don’t Muzzle Vet Care Snake of the Union  

Wolf Delisting Not Based on “Best Available Science”

In every region of the country where federal protections for wolves have been lifted, the states have moved quickly to open sport hunting seasons. From the Northern Rockies to the Great Lakes, trophy hunters and trappers have killedShow More Summary

Egg Lawsuit is All Cracked Up

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court challenging California’s law requiring that eggs sold in the Golden State come from hens that can turn around and stretch their wings. It seems that Koster—at...Show More Summary

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