Thu, 06/30/2022 - 01:20

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 21:53

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.

Congressional action on crucial bills to protect equines applauded by animal protection organizations

Thu, 05/26/2022 - 18:50

Animal protection groups commend House action on priority equine protection legislation to end horse slaughter and soring

Mon, 05/23/2022 - 16:18

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.

Equine industry and animal welfare organizations announce collaborative effort to ban horse slaughter

Equine industry and animal welfare organizations announce collaborative effort to ban horse slaughter

Equine industry and animal welfare organizations announce collaborative effort to ban horse slaughter

In the midst of Triple Crown season, coalition issues a joint letter to congressional leaders, calling for passage of the SAFE Act to end the slaughter of American horses

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 14:18

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.

Thu, 03/10/2022 - 01:08

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

Update 3/15/2022: President Biden signed the appropriations package into law.

Humane advocates often look to the passage of animal-friendly legislation as the strongest measure of progress in our work at the federal level, and clearly, good laws are important. But a nation that cares for animals needs to prove that in its spending commitments, too. For that reason, we work to secure strong animal protection laws and to shape congressional funding priorities for key federal agencies.