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Why would lawmakers put the hunting and livestock economy at risk so a few people can claim a trophy with an easy kill of a tame animal? It’s just common sense that deer should be treated as wildlife, not livestock. Continue reading
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The plight of the passenger pigeon is a reminder 100 years later that we must redouble our efforts to protect imperiled species, and do all that we can to crack down on the commercial killing of wild animals. Continue reading
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The Humane Care for Primates Act would give the nonprofit sanctuary sector the opportunity to rescue primates in need and provide them the humane care they would not otherwise receive. And it wouldn't cost the government a thing. Continue reading
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California's Prop 2, approved with 63.5 percent of the statewide vote, has already had a big impact even though its does not go into legal effect until January 2015. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Though it was weakened, Missouri’s Prop B is still one of the strongest anti-puppy mill statutes in the nation. Here’s a closer look. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Domestic violence is more complicated, in terms of the social relationships, than previously understood. Many abusers will harm or threaten the beloved dog or cat of a spouse or partner as a way of exerting control over that person. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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In a welcome break from partisan gridlock, Republicans and Democrats are joining together to protect elephants and rhinos from illegal poaching. This month, New Jersey and New York became the first two states to ban the trade in elephant ivory... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Ask any child to name an endangered sea creature, and not every kid would list the manatee first, but that species would make almost every top 10 list. These gentle giants, who long ago inspired the mermaid myth, can grow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Congress finishes its work today before heading into a month-long recess, and it provides an opportunity for animal advocates to take action during the August break. You may not be able to travel to Washington to meet with your representatives... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Congress is in session for another week before the August recess, and has a lot of work to get done. While there have been a number of notable legislative achievements for animals so far in 2014—upgrading the federal animal fighting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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There’s some potential good news for birds, consumers and workers: although the rule is not final yet, there are indications that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has pulled back on its plan to increase line speeds at poultry slaughter plants.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The Senate today shot down a motion to move forward on S. 2363, the dangerous if innocuous sounding “Sportsmen’s Act,” which has been portrayed as feel-good legislation but could have serious and far-reaching consequences for wildlife, public spaces, and human... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Nearly every week, there are news reports of human encounters with non-native large constrictor snakes, such as boa constrictors and reticulated pythons, in residential neighborhoods. These large, powerful animals already have become an invasive species in parts of Florida, Puerto... Continue reading
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The House today approved a bill to allow veterinarians to transport and dispense important drugs for veterinary care in remote situations outside of their registered location, ensuring that animals will not be denied critical medical services at farms, sanctuaries, spay... Continue reading
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After Congress adopted some provisions of the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act in 2000, sponsored by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and then-Rep. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., airlines were required to produce reports of all incidents involving animal loss,... Continue reading
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Today the Taking Action for Animals conference wraps up in Washington, D.C., where more than 1,250 animal protection advocates gathered to hone their skills, celebrate the progress made in our cause, lobby their congressional offices on animal welfare legislation, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The August 5th primary election in Missouri will ask voters there whether to approve Amendment 1, which seeks to enshrine the “right to farm” in the state constitution. It’s being pushed by the same politicians and special interests who tried to overturn a voter-approved ballot initiative in 2010 to crack down on puppy mills. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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There’s good news for efforts to fortify enforcement and crack down on inhumane practices at slaughter plants. The Agricultural Marketing Service, the division of the USDA that buys meat for the National School Lunch Program, just announced that it will strengthen its humane handling audits for the slaughterhouses that supply it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Just in time for early voting to begin in the Maryland primary election, we are pleased to release the Maryland Humane Scorecard, a joint project of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and our good friends at Maryland Votes for Animals.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The House started in on the annual agriculture spending bill yesterday, and began debate on a number of amendments. The appropriations bill already includes a provision, approved by a bipartisan vote in committee, preventing the use of funds to inspect... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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More than eight billion chickens and turkeys are raised for food each year in the U.S.—that’s just about a million slaughtered every day. The USDA exempts poultry from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, so these birds lack even the legal protections afforded to cattle and pigs and aren’t required to be rendered insensible to pain before they’re killed. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The Senate and House Appropriations Committees have each produced their agriculture spending bills for Fiscal Year 2015, and both bills contain good news for animals. While the House and Senate will need to reconcile their differences to arrive at a... Continue reading
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Every day, every minute, animals are at risk somewhere, whether they’re languishing in abusive puppy mills, confined in metal cages on industrial factory farms where they can barely move an inch, or caught up in some other enterprise that puts... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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t’s been years in the making, but not a moment too soon, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved one step further on a rule to ban the slaughter of downer veal calves too sick, injured or weak to stand and walk on their own. Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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It took less than ten minutes after the Kentucky polls closed last night for Sen. Mitch McConnell to be declared the victor in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate over challenger Matt Bevin—about the same amount of time birds with... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics