Federal Legislation  /  Sep 22, 2022

Do your federal legislators measure up on animal welfare? Use the Humane Scorecard to find out

Accountability is key to our efforts to secure the passage of animal-friendly federal legislation. We are accountable to our supporters as well as to the animals we seek to defend, and we never forget who we’re working for. We also work continuously to hold elected officials accountable for their track records wherever the interests of animals are concerned. Our annual Humane Scorecard is a tool to gauge where members of the House and Senate stand on our core priorities, and its publication makes their records plain to the world.

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  Sep 21, 2022

PAST Act wins strong bipartisan approval in Energy and Commerce Committee, setting stage for full House vote on soring

By a 46-9 vote today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 5441), setting the stage for congressional leaders to bring it to the House floor quickly for a vote. The bill, which currently has 261 sponsors and strong support from both parties, would amend the federal Horse Protection Act to eliminate industry-self policing, ban soring devices and strengthen penalties for soring, a furtive practice in which dishonest trainers use painful techniques to induce an artificially high-stepping gait in show horses to win prizes.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Sep 20, 2022

We’re honoring lawmakers for their efforts to save sharks and end the shark fin trade

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

At a time when bipartisanship can be unpredictable in politics, it’s particularly gratifying to recognize four lawmakers who have joined together to advance one of the most urgent animal protection measures in the Congress, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act.

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Elections  /  Sep 20, 2022

Are you #VoteReady? Tuesday, September 20 is National Voter Registration Day

Humane advocates who use their right to vote stand at the heart of our mission to end the suffering of animals—just as the right to vote is itself foundational to American democracy.

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Farm Animals, Action Alerts  /  Aug 25, 2022

Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting public comments on its proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule, which is a great opportunity to address farm animal welfare. We’re pushing hard for this landmark federal regulation to become final because the rule, which is over twenty years in the making, would strengthen animal welfare standards on organic farms.

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Pets & Cruelty, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  Aug 23, 2022

All the great progress in our fight against puppy mills this summer

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for many of us, but there has been no lull in our fight to end puppy mills. We have made real progress in our campaign to stop inhumane dog breeders who mass-produce puppies for sale through third party outlets like pet stores and online sites that allow their cruelty to remain hidden. Here’s a roundup of recent wins:

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  Aug 18, 2022

We’ve filed a new lawsuit because wolves in the Northern Rockies need help now

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

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Farm Animals, State Legislation  /  Aug 16, 2022

Breaking: More experts join forces in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

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Elections  /  Aug 12, 2022

Candidates hit the campaign trail and animal protection advocates can join them

We are in the midst of the August recess—a traditional break in the DC legislative calendar for members of Congress and their staff to work from their congressional districts or in state. The halls of Congress are much quieter, with elected officials in their home districts and many legislative aides juggling their vacations with constituent work. Residents of Washington, D.C. even notice the lighter traffic and smaller crowds across the city.  

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State Legislation  /  Aug 11, 2022

2022 Maryland Humane Scorecard - Do your state lawmakers measure up on animal welfare?

Since 2006, with the primary goal of advancing federal animal protection legislation, the Humane Society Legislative Fund has published the Humane Scorecard to track the relevant votes, co-sponsorships, and other actions of federal lawmakers. It’s popular with our supporters, and it’s influential with legislators who know the value of a higher score.

Given the success of the scorecard, and with so much at stake for animals in state capitols, we’ve now started tracking key animal protection votes by state legislators.

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Farm Animals  /  Aug 08, 2022

Breaking: New developments in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Those who follow this blog know about the impending lawsuit in front of the United States Supreme Court, which will have immense consequences for animals. The case centers around Proposition 12, California’s landmark law to address animal cruelty and public health issues stemming from the worst factory farming practices.

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Farm Animals  /  Aug 05, 2022

USDA issues crucial organics standards rule on farm animal welfare

The USDA National Organic Program has just published a long-awaited proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule in the Federal Register. If finalized, the rule would be a landmark federal regulation specifically addressing the welfare of animals on farms. Among other things, it seeks to strengthen animal welfare standards on organic farms by clarifying space and freedom-to-move requirements for farm animals in the organic program. Now, we’re asking animal advocates to communicate their support for it. 

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