Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 01, 2023

It’s time to put an end to mink farming

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY) has just introduced a bill that responds to growing concerns about the public health threat posed by mink fur factory farms. The Mink: Vectors for Infection Risk in the United States Act (‘‘Mink VIRUS Act”) seeks to prohibit the farming of mink in the U.S.

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Animals in Research, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  May 26, 2023

Alternatives to animal experiments are shaping the future of science

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

For years our undercover investigations at U.S. animal research laboratories have helped to raise awareness about the immense animal suffering caused by animal testing and experimentation. Pregnant rabbits are force-fed toxic pesticides. Cats have their spinal cords damaged and are forced to run on treadmills. Rats are placed in small tubes and made to inhale cigarette smoke.

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  May 17, 2023

There is simply no way to make horse slaughter humane

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Horses are celebrated in America for their beauty and athleticism, yet they are also sometimes viewed as expendable commodities. Even though horse slaughter has not occurred on U.S. soil since 2007, horses across the U.S. are still being sold and sent to slaughter abroad when no longer deemed useful or profitable by their owners who fail to seek out humane rehoming alternatives.

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Pets & Cruelty, Federal Legislation  /  May 17, 2023

Revealed: 100 reprehensible U.S. puppy mills in Horrible Hundred report

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

In a photo taken by a state inspector, a dog stands looking away from the camera, her tail pointing down. At first glance, this image may seem like a sweet photo because of the boxer’s soft brown eyes and emotional expression. But farther up in the frame, the dog’s body tells a different story. Her ribs jut out; her hip bones and spinal column are starkly visible. And just beside her emaciated body is a pile of five tiny puppies sleeping next to an empty bowl.

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Farm Animals, In the News  /  May 11, 2023

Breaking: Supreme Court upholds strongest farm animal protection law in U.S.

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  May 08, 2023

Breaking: U.S. Congress has new chance to stop horse soring

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  May 04, 2023

For horses in the Kentucky Derby, change can't come soon enough

By Keith Dane

Update 5/8/23: A total of seven horses died at Churchill Downs in the days leading up to and on the day of the Kentucky Derby, and five horses were scratched. In light of these facts, it is shocking that the race was even run. Lives are on the line: The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act must be fully implemented and enforced immediately. Anyone seeking to delay such protections for horses cares nothing at all for the welfare of these animals.

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Elections, State Legislation  /  May 03, 2023

Calling all Virginians – Where do your state legislators stand on animal protection?

The 2023 Virginia Humane Scorecard is now available online, and we encourage voters to use it as a tool when they approach the ballot box this year. Holding legislators accountable to humane interests is critical as we strive to make our voices louder than those of the trophy hunters, factory farmers, and puppy mill lobbyists.

By uniting behind candidates who know the stakes for the most vulnerable among us, we can work towards a cruelty-free world.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Apr 28, 2023

Breaking: New threats to grizzlies, wolves and Endangered Species Act emerge in Congress

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources voted in favor of six bills and resolutions that threaten to remove protections from grizzly bears and gray wolves and weaken the Endangered Species Act. This “grab bag” of danger includes:

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Pets & Cruelty, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  Apr 11, 2023

New progress in fight against puppy mills shows caring about companion animals is a nonpartisan issue

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

In a country where political tempers often run hot, agreement can seem incredibly rare. But, regardless of party affiliation, a consensus is emerging that our companion animals should be treated with basic decency—and this is not how kitten and puppy mills treat dogs and cats.

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Wildlife  /  Apr 06, 2023

After the ‘Tiger King’ era, new ways to help other captive wild animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Equines, In the News  /  Mar 27, 2023

Breaking: New anti-doping program is good news for racehorses

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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