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Victory in court for horses who need protection from cruel practice of ‘soring’

Some really good news from a federal courtroom on a fight we’ve long been waging for horses: Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States Department of Agriculture had unlawfully withdrawn a 2017 rule designed to fix the agency’s weak regulations that have allowed horse soring to […]

Posted inCalifornia

The other Supreme Court case you should be following

The norm on factory farms is to lock egg-laying hens, mother pigs and calves used for veal in cages so small they’re virtually immobilized. In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12, a historic ballot measure that banned the extreme confinement of these animals within the state. Proposition 12 also ensures that eggs, pork, and veal sold in […]

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Supreme Court rejects meat industry challenge to historic farm animal law

June 28, 2021 – Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to take the North American Meat Institute’s appeal of its lawsuit challenging Proposition 12, widely considered the world’s strongest law for farm animal protection. Proposition 12 bans the extreme confinement of egg-laying chickens, mother pigs and baby calves used in the veal industry. The law also prohibits […]

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Animals deserve disaster preparedness plans, too. Here’s how you can help.

The past few years have shown how suddenly natural disasters and other emergencies can upend our lives. Take, for instance, recent severe hurricanes and wildfires, the early 2021 deep freeze in Texas or the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 crisis. Families everywhere have seen how crucial it is to have disaster plans in place for their loved ones. Animal lovers have […]

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Victory! New Department of Transportation rule says airlines cannot ban certain breeds of service dogs

December 2, 2020 – The Department of Transportation has just finalized a rule that prohibits airlines from banning pit-bull-type dogs and certain other breeds from serving as service animals on flights. The Humane Society family of organizations has long opposed breed bans because they are unscientific and discriminate against animals based simply on their appearance. […]

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The Humane Society urges Interior Secretary to abandon wild horse surgical sterilization plan

Dec. 1, 2020 – In an unprecedented move over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management began gathering and removing wild horses from land in Utah with the intent to use an invasive surgical procedure to remove the ovaries of select mares. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund […]

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HSUS, HSLF and partners urge Congress to end higher killing speeds at slaughterhouses

May 4, 2020 – In recent weeks, even as slaughterhouses have emerged as hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has been quietly issuing record numbers of waivers for them to kill animals at higher speeds. Now, a coalition of animal welfare groups, workers groups and consumer organizations is asking Congressional leaders to impose […]

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Sara Amundson: U.S. House passes PACT Act cracking down on extreme animal cruelty

Oct. 22, 2019 – The U.S. House has just voted overwhelmingly to crack down on some of the worst and most malicious acts of animal cruelty, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, and impaling live animals and sexually exploiting them. The watershed vote takes us one step closer to a federal anti-cruelty statute that would allow […]

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Sara Amundson: Equine advocates gather on Capitol Hill to promote equine welfare bills

Sept. 11, 2019 – Yesterday, horse advocates from across the country came to Capitol Hill to press for passage of humane legislation at the federal level. Members of the Homes for Horses Coalition, a network of equine rescues and sanctuaries, and veterinarians from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association joined officials from Humane Society Legislative […]

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Animal Welfare Groups Applaud Federal Legislation to Ban Horse Slaughter

WASHINGTON, D.C. Jan. 30, 2019 — Federal lawmakers introduced legislation today to permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States and end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad. Introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, is supported […]

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Wildlife protection and conservation groups call on Oregon lawmakers to oppose cruel cougar trophy hunting bills

Feb. 3, 2017 – A coalition of animal welfare, wildlife protection and conservation groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to oppose four bills relating to cruel cougar trophy hunts recently introduced in the House and Senate. The Humane Society of the United States, Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity, The Cougar […]

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Humane Society Legislative Fund: A Trump presidency would be a threat to animals everywhere (VIDEO)

Oct. 10, 2016 – The Humane Society Legislative Fund today announces its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President, and the launch of a new ad campaign to inform voters that a Donald Trump presidency would be a threat to animals everywhere. In our view, Trump represents the greatest threat ever to federal policy-making and implementation […]

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