Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  Aug 05, 2022

How we work to save animals (part 2): Yes, there should be a law

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Note: This blog is part of a series highlighting how the Humane Society family of organizations fight—and win—for animals. For this post, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, joins with our president, Sara Amundson, to tell the story about how we tackle institutionalized animal suffering by changing laws and government regulations.

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Equines, Federal Legislation  /  Jul 27, 2022

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

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News, State Legislation  /  Jul 25, 2022

How to make Shark Week good for sharks

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Sharks have been around for 450 million years, outliving the dinosaurs and surviving mass extinctions. But now, out of the 500 or so species (that we know of), a third of all sharks and shark-like species are threatened with extinction due to human activity. Some of these species include the unique scalloped hammerhead shark, the common thresher shark, which uses a long tail to stun prey and the bespeckled whale shark, the world’s largest living fish.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jul 22, 2022

Congress poised to vote! Contact your Reps to help captive big cats in the US

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update: We are delighted to report that the U.S. House passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 263, by a strong bipartisan vote of 278 to 134. Thank you for helping us achieve this win by advocating for the bill to your Representative.

Now it’s the U.S. Senate’s turn to act. Please help us keep the momentum going by contacting your two Senators right now and urging them to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act, S. 1210!

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Animals in Research, Equines, Farm Animals, Pets & Cruelty, Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jul 20, 2022

House delivers big on animal protection appropriations for FY23

Today’s approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of a FY23 budget package, H.R. 8294, produced sweeping animal protection gains across a range of concerns. Countless animals will benefit from the additional protections and funds that the package directs. Getting those provisions into this draft federal budget and keeping them there is an absolute priority for us, and we could not be more excited at the results so far. That is why this cluster of six appropriations bills is such an important focus of our animal protection agenda in Congress.

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Animals in Research  /  Jul 18, 2022

Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

You may have seen in the news that our Animal Rescue Team was approached by the U.S. Department of Justice to remove roughly 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied laboratories that test on animals. We are honored to have been chosen to lead this historic effort and to coordinate the placement of these dogs with our shelter partners to ultimately find them loving homes.

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Wildlife  /  Jul 07, 2022

Big win: Federal court eliminates changes that weakened the Endangered Species Act

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Equines, Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 30, 2022

Gains in wildlife-related appropriations process make a big difference

This week offered more proof that our deliberate focus on the appropriations process for specific programs in the federal government can produce great things for animals, much as the passage of stand-alone humane legislation does. It’s why we pursue an “all-of-government” approach that treats budget decisions as important drivers of change and reform.

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Animals in Research, Federal Legislation, State Legislation  /  Jun 27, 2022

Good news! Louisiana becomes 9th state to ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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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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