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With the trial scheduled to begin today, a last-minute plea agreement was reached in the case against a Michigan hound hunter in connection with the gruesome killing of a coyote captured in a YouTube video. A second defendant, facing a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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We already knew that Donald Trump would be bad news for wildlife—he’s got two sons who travel the globe to slay rare wildlife, and the elder son has indicated he wants to serve as Secretary of the Interior. But now... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Donald Trump’s sons reportedly took a break from their roles as their father’s surrogates in the hotly contested presidential election last week to pursue their most favored leisure activity: killing wild animals in far off places for their heads and... Continue reading
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The Michigan state legislature’s leading anti-animal politician—a zealous crusader for the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves and a serial exaggerator about wolf encounters in the Upper Peninsula—lost by a substantial margin in a Republican primary for the U.S. House... Continue reading
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Today is International Tiger Day, and there’s no better time to take note of a sobering and perplexing figure: there are approximately double the number of tigers living in captivity in the United States than exist in the wild. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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With Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” in full swing and right on the heels of last week’s introduction of a new congressional bill restricting the trade in shark fins, the Obama administration has taken an additional action to help sharks. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Rhode Island last week banned the trade in shark fins, joining ten other states and three Pacific territories in sending a message that this cruel product is not welcome within their borders. These state policy actions are helping to dry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Through determination, innovation, and creativity, our society is solving some of the biggest challenges facing animals. Non-animal tests for cosmetics, chemicals, and household products are faster, cheaper, safer, and more reliable than laboratory experiments on animals. Computer-generated imagery is making... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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It’s been nearly a year since a Minnesota dentist bled out and killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion. In the wake of it, there was a bright spotlight shined on trophy hunting. More than ever, the world is seeing trophy hunting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The House of Representatives today debated H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a compromise bill produced after months of negotiation between key parties in the House and Senate to modernize and reform the... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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If Donald Trump, Jr. gets his way, there could be a slayer of elephants and leopards and other rare wildlife appointed as Secretary of Interior in his father's administration. Michelle Riley/The HSUS The Environment & Energy Daily last week noted... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both still running on the Democratic side, but the overall field in the 2016 race for the White House has narrowed considerably since HSLF reported in January on the candidates’ animal protection records. Ted... Continue reading
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After almost 20 years of inaction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture finally proposed in February an update of its standards of care for marine mammals in captivity. But the proposed standards are weak, and need to be strengthened substantially. There’s... Continue reading
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We had a powerful showing today in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, with animal protection leaders Reps. Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Charlie Dent, R-Pa., securing enough votes to pass their amendment dealing with horse slaughter for human consumption. The "defund"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Last night the Humane Society Legislative Fund and The Humane Society of the United States hosted our annual congressional Humane Awards, where we honored a bipartisan group of lawmakers who led the way for animals during the last year. More... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a rule eliminating a loophole in the Endangered Species Act regulations that has produced a crisis involving captive tigers across the nation over the past two decades. The elimination of the so-called... Continue reading
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Against a backdrop of election year politics and partisan fights in Congress, lawmakers are moving forward to fund the federal government and all its programs. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been holding hearings and are preparing to mark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Catelli Bros., a veal and lamb slaughter plant in New Jersey, quietly announced this week that it will no longer slaughter animals. This is the same location where, two years ago, an HSUS investigation revealed abusive handling and inhumane slaughter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Public housing can be extremely difficult to obtain, with many families in need stuck on waiting lists for months or even years. For those with cats, the relief of acquiring public housing is quickly replaced by dread when they face... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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When it comes to the children of politicians, the less said the better. They didn’t sign up for this kind of media glare. Who deserves privacy more than kids? Sean Pavone/Alamy Photo Stock But when they grow up and start... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., today introduced the Big Cat Public Safety Act, S. 2541, which would restrict the private ownership and breeding of big cats in the United States. Enactment of this legislation cannot come soon enough, to address the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have put a roadblock in place in New Jersey for the next Walter Palmer-wannabee who wanted to slay a lion and bring his head back to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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We’ve started a new year and a new session of the 114th Congress (which runs from January 2015 to December 2016), and despite plenty of gridlock last year, there were several important victories for animal protection. We want you, as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Federal lawmakers have concluded their work for 2015, and will pick up where they left off in mid-January. Washington saw plenty of gridlock this year, but there were also several important victories for animal protection, including bills that made it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently made some important advances toward protecting imperiled species from harm—including the listing of African lions under the Endangered Species Act, upgrading captive chimpanzees to an endangered listing, and closing loopholes in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics