Wildlife  /  May 06, 2021

Improved federal bird policies poised to take flight

Just in time for World Migratory Bird Day this Saturday, there is good news for birds.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  May 03, 2021

South Africa to clamp down on exploitative captive lion industry

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

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Equines  /  Apr 30, 2021

Nearly half the Senate calls for an end to soring, in letter to Secretary of Agriculture

Almost half the U.S. Senate has called for swift action to end the indefensible practice known as horse soring—in which scofflaw trainers of Tennessee Walking horses and related breeds torment horses to get them to fling their front legs high, just to win a cheap blue ribbon in a show ring. 

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Wildlife, In the News  /  Apr 28, 2021

NRA chief’s agonizing elephant hunt shows what’s wrong with trophy hunting

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The New Yorker broke a story yesterday about the head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, attempting to kill an endangered elephant in Botswana. The newly released footage exemplifies the blithe depravity of trophy hunting.

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Pets & Cruelty, Federal Legislation  /  Apr 27, 2021

Puppy Protection Act would end some of the worst puppy mill cruelties

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

We all know what dogs love: a comfortable napping spot, a romp in the grass, a kind touch and the safety and security of a caring environment. But thousands of dogs in commercial breeding operations licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell to pet stores and online have none of these comforts.

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Wildlife, State Legislation  /  Apr 23, 2021

Idaho lawmakers on verge of sanctioning a carnage of 90% of the state's wolves

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A bill that would allow trophy hunters, trappers and private contractors hired at taxpayer expense to kill up to 90% of the state’s wolves is flying through the Idaho legislature, and we need to stop it in its tracks.

The bill, introduced Tuesday,  has already passed the state Senate and the House Resources and Conservation Committee. It could receive a vote on the floor of the House as early as Monday.

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Wildlife, Federal Legislation  /  Apr 22, 2021

House revives bill to end shark fin trade that passed during last session

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A bill to end all commercial trade in the United States of shark fins and shark fin products was reintroduced in the U.S. House today.

The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 2811, already enjoys great support in Congress and a previous version passed the House during the last session by an overwhelming vote of 310 to 107. The bill also passed a key Senate committee but failed to see action from the full Senate before the session ended.

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Wildlife, State Legislation  /  Apr 21, 2021

Bill to ban dangerous wild animals as pets advances in Nevada

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Nevada, one of the last remaining states without a ban on the ownership of exotic wild animals as pets, is now moving to pass a law to do exactly that.

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Wildlife  /  Apr 20, 2021

U.S. finalizes critical habitat protections for endangered humpback whales

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

The United States has finalized a rule to protect key ocean habitats used by endangered humpback whales as they migrate and feed in the waters off the U.S. west coast.

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Wildlife, Action Alerts, Federal Legislation  /  Apr 19, 2021

Bill to end keeping big cats as pets, 'cub petting' reintroduced in U.S. Senate

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

A bill that would prohibit public contact with big cats like tigers, lions and leopards and ban keeping these animals as pets has been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.

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Pets & Cruelty, Federal Legislation  /  Apr 12, 2021

Slow pace of state and federal inspections during pandemic makes things worse for dogs in puppy mills

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

State and federal inspections of puppy mills have been scaled back or, in some cases, have ground to a halt during the pandemic. As a result, dogs in these operations have been left without the most basic protections under the law.

This is even more disturbing because dog sales in pet stores have been booming since lockdowns began last year. That could result in even more suffering for breeding animals at puppy mills who are already treated like puppy-production machines.

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Animals in Research, State Legislation  /  Apr 07, 2021

California Senate committee advances bill to prohibit certain toxicity tests on dogs. HSUS poll shows most residents support outlawing such tests

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

As a bill to outlaw chemical tests on dogs that are not required by law advances in California, we are releasing a new poll today that shows overwhelming support among the state’s residents for ending such procedures.

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