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Good news for horses: a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, joined together as original cosponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act introduced last night in the U.S. House.... Continue reading
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It’s well established that malicious animal cruelty indicates a broader social pathology and lack of empathy, and the perpetrators often are indiscriminate in choosing victims – one day it’s a dog or a horse, another day it’s a neighborhood child... Continue reading
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If you live in one of five states with no laws preventing the private possession of dangerous wild animals, there’s no telling what kind of safety threats are looming in your own neighborhood. Dozens of Milwaukee residents reported seeing a... Continue reading
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Yesterday was a mixed day of results for animals on Capitol Hill, with some setbacks and some progress on a number of different fronts for companion animals, wildlife, and farm animals. What good news there was came in the Agriculture... Continue reading
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Please contact your U.S. Representative, and ask him or her to support an amendment that would strike the Interior rider that enables elephant poaching. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The Humane Cosmetics Act will phase out both the use of live animals in cosmetics testing and the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. Urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the bill! Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Some anti-wolf politicians in Congress are once again pushing to force the removal of wolves from the Endangered Species Act. Act now to protect wolves! Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Longtime wildlife advocate Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., led a briefing today to expose the annual, irresponsible killing of millions of wild animals on behalf of a few special interests. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Advancing science and medicine doesn’t mean we have to throw other values, such as humane treatment of animals, out the window. Continue reading
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In the mid-1980s, only four states—Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island—had felony-level penalties for malicious cruelty to animals. But today, all 50 states have such a policy, and there’s a national consensus that vicious acts of animal abuse and torment... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The U.S. Senate has introduced a companion bill to SAFE, the federal legislation which would put an end to horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. once and for all. Continue reading
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There’s been a lot of action on animal protection policies in state legislatures so far this year, just a few months into 2015. Some major priority bills have been enacted to help crack down on cockfighting, puppy mills, and other... Continue reading
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A bipartisan team of lawmakers today introduced federal legislation to stop the butchering of America’s companion horses and the peddling of their doped up meat to foreign consumers. The HSUS For the past two fiscal years, Congress has rightly stopped... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which we worked with Congress to enact last year, is now having a tangible impact in the field and helping to crack down on the entire cast of characters involved in animal fighting. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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There's only one state in the country that hasn't criminalized attending a dogfight. If you live in Montana, contact your legislators today to protect dogs. Continue reading
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It’s been a big week in our major campaign to crack down on the brutal bloodsport of animal fighting. Continue reading
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey nixed a misguided and dangerous bill that would have created one set of rules for companion animals and another, weaker, one for farm animals and horses. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Their latest gambit of factory farming deception is unfolding in Arizona, where the legislature has passed House Bill 2150, which contains some red herring provisions to give it the illusion of being pro-animal welfare. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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There is a crisis with captive tigers across the nation, and the Obama administration must do something about it. By some estimates there are more tigers living in the United States today than there are remaining in the wild in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) reintroduced a critical piece of legislation to help domestic violence victims and their beloved pets. The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, H.R. 1258, would amend the Violence... Continue reading
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While some members of Congress continue to demagogue the wolf issue, calling for the complete removal of federal protections and a return to overreaching and reckless state management plans that resulted in sport hunting, trapping, and hounding of hundreds of... Continue reading
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The first animal protection bill of the 114th Congress is on track and leaving the station. I wrote last month about the introduction of the Pets on Trains Act, H.R. 674, by Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.,... Continue reading
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Some veterinarians are trying to shut down nonprofit and low-cost veterinary clinics for struggling pet owners. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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With fragmented populations numbering just 5,000 or so wolves in the lower 48 states—and so many of the survivors having lost family members as a consequence of traps and guns—these iconic canids face more threats to their survival than ever.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Cassie was moving from New York City to Spring Lake, North Carolina, and she was devastated by the idea of giving up her five-year-old cat, Boots, who had been her beloved companion since he was a kitten. She was traveling... Continue reading