Equines, Farm Animals, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 23, 2022

FY23 budget appropriations produce banner harvest for animal protection

Success in the federal animal protection arena demands advocacy that is determined, purposeful and realistic. At the Humane Society Legislative Fund, those are our bywords. We are not just tenacious in the pursuit of our goals. We are disciplined in our public outreach and in our negotiations with legislators and key stakeholders. We understand how to make sure Washington politics works for animals, and we pursue a holistic strategy for securing strong and lasting animal protection gains.

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Farm Animals  /  Jun 23, 2022

Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A lawsuit currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court will have enormous consequences for millions of animals across the country—and we have news about major developments, some of it positive and some disappointing. Regardless, the fight continues.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 15, 2022

Good news for big cats as crucial bill passes House Committee!

America has a big cat crisis. Untold numbers of captive tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat species are kept in captivity throughout the nation, most of them in shoddy roadside zoos, private menageries or in private homes and yards as pets. Today, to confront this cruelty and halt the worst excesses of the industry that exploits these animals so mercilessly, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263, by a vote of 25-17. 

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Farm Animals  /  Jun 02, 2022

Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

When a strain of bird flu sweeps through factory farms, where birds are tightly confined, the current “solution” involves immense cruelty.

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Animals in Research, Action Alerts, State Legislation  /  May 31, 2022

Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the 82 beagles languishing at Inotiv’s Mount Vernon, Indiana, laboratory that was the site of our recent undercover investigation. A Humane Society of the United States investigator found 80 beagle puppies being force-fed potentially toxic drugs in tests commissioned by Crinetics, a pharmaceutical company in San Diego, along with two adult beagles who’d been being used for years to practice invasive procedures.

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Animals in Research, Equines, Farm Animals, Pets & Cruelty, Wildlife, Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  May 26, 2022

Our Taking Action for Animals conference returns to inform and inspire grassroots activism

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

When you’re a passionate animal welfare advocate, you might sometimes feel like a bit of an outsider.

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Equines, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation  /  May 23, 2022

The time for Congress to act on horse soring, horse slaughter bills is now

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update 6/23/22: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection voted today to advance two important horse protection bills, the SAFE and PAST Act. The Subcommittee voted in favor 22-0 for both bills and we look forward to further advancement to the Full Committee.

This week, members of Congress will turn their attention to forms of cruelty to horses that many Americans might think ended long ago. And we think it’s time they set aside any differences to do something decisive to help horses.

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Animals in Research  /  May 13, 2022

Time is running out for dogs as testing lab refuses to release them

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update 5/16/2022: Over the last few days, 160 legislators from 32 states have co-signed a letter to the CEOs of Inotiv and Crinetics, urging the release of the dogs and pointing out that 14 states have approved legislation to authorize adoption of animals released by laboratories.

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Farm Animals, In the News  /  May 09, 2022

The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update 5/11/2022: The Humane Society Legislative Fund has taken out a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post, urging the Biden administration to support Proposition 12 before the United States Supreme Court. We hope you'll join us and take a moment to tweet President Biden asking him to protect Proposition 12!

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Pets & Cruelty, Federal Legislation  /  May 09, 2022

Tenth annual Horrible Hundred report shows progress, continuing problems with puppy mills

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Duchess is a Havanese with a wardrobe of tiny, colorful dresses. Cooper is a senior golden retriever who still has a lot of spunk and likes to go on vacations with his family. Alis is a Weimaraner who jogs with her owner and loves to catch a ball.

These dogs are finally enjoying  life, and the puppy mills from which they were rescued are no longer in operation. Before they closed, each one of those mills appeared in our annual Horrible Hundred reports identifying known problem breeders in the United States.

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Equines, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  May 06, 2022

Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

It is a long way from the stable, paddock and winner’s circle at Churchill Downs to the dark, dank and bloody slaughterhouses in which tens of thousands of American horses meet their sad and pitiable end each year.

Yet some former racehorses do make that terrible journey, and it’s hard not to think of them on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the most celebrated of races.

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Animals in Research, Federal Legislation  /  May 02, 2022

Cosmetics animal testing is in the spotlight—now’s the time to end it

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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