Wildlife, In the News  /  Jul 08, 2020

Victory! Federal appeals court agrees Yellowstone grizzly bears should remain protected from trophy hunters

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A federal appeals court has agreed that Yellowstone grizzly bears should continue to receive protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, ensuring that these iconic American carnivores will not be hunted for trophies.

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Animals in Research, Equines, Farm Animals, Pets & Cruelty, Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  Jul 07, 2020

House subcommittees boost funds for key animal protection measures on wildlife trafficking, slaughterhouse kill speeds and horse soring and slaughter

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Congress has begun its annual process of funding federal departments, agencies and programs, and last night two House subcommittees voted to include several crucial provisions benefiting animals in their FY2021 appropriations bills.

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Animals in Research, In the News  /  Jul 01, 2020

Breaking news: Nation's top science panel recommends VA should stop most research on dogs

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  Jul 01, 2020

Breaking news: U.S. House passes major infrastructure package with key provisions for wildlife corridors, horse transport

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The U.S. House has just approved provisions that would make highways safer for wildlife to cross and create safer conditions to transport horses across the country, as part of the Moving Forward Act, a package of reforms designed to restore America’s aging infrastructure.

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Wildlife, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation, In the News  /  Jun 29, 2020

Putting an end to lion trophy hunting in memory of Cecil

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The killing of Cecil the lion five years ago this week by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe triggered worldwide outrage. Father of a pride, lured with an elephant carcass, wounded by an arrow, he suffered for hours before being killed by gunshot. As it turned out, this was a shot heard around the world, giving momentum to global demand for an end to trophy killing of animals.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 25, 2020

Key Congressional committee holds hearing on bill that restricts keeping primates as pets

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

In Arizona, a woman’s marmoset monkey attacked her newborn grandchild, scratching and biting the baby’s face and splitting open one nostril. In New York, a neighbor’s pet capuchin monkey bit off a 22-month-old girl’s finger when the child stuck her fingers through a backyard fence. In Tennessee, an escaped macaque monkey attacked and severely injured a woman washing a car in her driveway; the woman’s injuries required surgery and doctors told her she was lucky she wasn’t killed.

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Equines, Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 22, 2020

Legislation making it safer for wildlife to cross highways and mandating reforms for horse transport moves to full House for vote

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A key House committee has approved a package of investments in America’s infrastructure, including provisions to make U.S. roadways safer for both drivers and wildlife and to create more humane conditions for transporting horses within the country.

The INVEST in America Act package, H.R. 2, passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday by a 35 to 25 vote, and it now heads to the full House floor for consideration.

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In the News  /  Jun 18, 2020

Recognizing Humane Legislators on Capitol Hill

In this challenging time, we want to shine a spotlight on a bipartisan group of lawmakers who led the way together during the last year in making the world a better place for animals. Humane Society Legislative Fund and Humane Society of the United States are pleased to present Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Representatives Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., with our 2019 Humane Legislators of the Year Award for their successful leadership in establishing a national anti-cruelty law, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act.

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Equines, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 16, 2020

Triple Crown season begins this Saturday with racing industry under a cloud over horse deaths, trainer indictments

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The coronavirus pandemic is not the only problem plaguing the horse racing industry as it prepares for the first of the Triple Crown races at Belmont Stakes this Saturday with altered schedules, shorter race times and a TV-only audience.

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Wildlife, Action Alerts  /  Jun 10, 2020

Trump administration opens Alaska's national preserves to cruel practices like trophy-hunting denning bears and wolves and their cubs; proposes disbanding protections on Kenai Wildlife Refuge

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The Trump administration has given trophy hunters the green light to commit some of the worst sort of carnage on 20 million acres of Alaska’s pristinely beautiful national preserves.

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Wildlife, In the News  /  Jun 09, 2020

Trump Jr.'s argali trophy hunt in Mongolia cost American taxpayers $77,000

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

We’ve just learned that Donald Trump Jr.’s trophy hunting trip to Mongolia, where he hunted an argali sheep—an animal listed as "threatened" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act—cost American taxpayers a whopping $77,000.

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Wildlife, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation  /  Jun 08, 2020

Unless we act fast, our oceans could lose some of their most precious inhabitants

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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