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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
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In too many communities throughout the nation, there are horrific and malicious cases of animal cruelty occurring. A horse neglected and starved to death. A cat and her kittens set on fire. Dogs forced to fight to the death in... Continue reading
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Editor's note: This post was originally published on December 29, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. and has been updated to include the list of legislators who led the way on these important measures and the updated cosponsor numbers on our priority... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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As the year winds down to a close, I’m pleased to report that 159 new animal protection laws have been enacted this year at the state and local levels. That continues the surge in animal protection policymaking by state legislatures,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The U.S. House this morning passed the $1.1 trillion spending package for 2016, which includes a number of important provisions to prevent the opening of U.S.-based horse slaughter plants, retain Endangered Species Act provisions for gray wolves, and allow restrictions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Here are some pretty painful examples of your government at work. Monkeys on a treadmill, sheep in microgravity, and a fight club for shrimp? All of that and more amounts to a smackdown of American taxpayers. Photo courtesy of Wastebook:... Continue reading
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With our ballot referendum, educational, and litigation successes, we’ve blocked some massive killing of wolves in the Great Lakes states and in Wyoming, sparing hundreds of wolves from trapping, hounding, and trophy killing. But a faction in Congress is trying... Continue reading
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Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are weighing in on the recent damning investigative report by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General, about the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanagement of our nation’s iconic wild horses. Gary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The 1982 global moratorium on commercial whaling has been a considerable success, with tens of thousands of whales spared over the last three decades. Still, the pro-whaling nations continue to wage a well-funded, relentless campaign to attack and undermine the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The Endangered Species Act is under attack in Congress. A small cadre of Republican Senators and Representatives have introduced more than 80 legislative proposals in this session alone to undermine protections for certain species—such as the greater sage grouse, northern... Continue reading
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saveanimalsfacingextinction.org Voters in Washington state are filling out their mail ballots in advance of next Tuesday’s official Election Day, and they have an opportunity to make an impact and contribute to a multi-faceted global effort to save animals threatened with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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One of the core objectives we have at the HSLF is to make it simple and efficient for voters to determine how federal lawmakers have sided on crucial animal protection legislation across a range of issues. With the end of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates our country’s wildlife refuges with National Wildlife Refuge Week. Since Teddy Roosevelt’s simple “I so declare it” established Florida’s Pelican Island as the first refuge in 1903, 150 million acres of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics