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In honor of The HSUS’s 60th anniversary, LIFE Magazine has revisited the classic Stan Wayman photo-essay, “Concentration Camps for Dogs.” The article and series of shocking photos, originally published in 1966, built on a five-year HSUS investigation of dog dealing. Continue reading
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The Department of Defense recently announced that it will halt the use of live animals in a variety of medical training programs, beginning January 1. As the Boston Globe reported yesterday, “The military has been instructed to instead use substitutes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Americans are horrified by the idea of dogs and cats being killed for fur trim and trinkets. Strong enforcement of the federal law reflects these values—whether it’s put into a report or not. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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While the results were mixed for animals in races across the country, we have great hope and optimism that the cause of animal protection will continue to make gains in Congress, in state legislatures, and with regulatory agencies. Continue reading
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In order to have humane laws, we must elect humane lawmakers. We can all show up for animals just by showing up in the voting booth. Get a list of pro-animal candidates, and vote today! Continue reading
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I’ve been involved in dozens of political campaigns around the country over two decades, and the brazen lies and scare tactics used by state officials working in collusion with the bear baiting, hounding, and trapping crowd in Maine are among... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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We’re just days from the November 4th election, and there are critical races for humane candidates and animal protection issues all over the country. I want to provide a rundown of several key updates as we enter the final stretch.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The opponents of fair bear hunting in Maine are taking outrageous liberties with their misleading campaign rhetoric. One of their constant refrains is that Question 1—which would ban the cruel and unsporting hounding, trapping, and baiting of bears in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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We rely on all sorts of law enforcement personnel to defend against legal challenges and ensure that a new law is properly enforced. But often a key second-half player is the state’s chief law enforcement officer—the attorney general. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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When politicians are unresponsive to the public, it’s time for the public to weigh in. Mainers can do that in two weeks—and can end cruel and unsporting bear baiting, hounding, and trapping—by voting “YES” on Question 1. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Cost of animal care laws are a sensible solution for the animals, as well as taxpayers and the broader animal welfare infrastructure. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The animals are counting on us to participate in this election. See our voter guide for a list of HSLF-endorsed candidates in your state, and vote! Continue reading
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Alex the tiger at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Credit: J.P. Bonnelly Starting tomorrow, October 2, animal lovers around the world will get a rare insider’s look into the life of tigers. Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch’s TigerCam offers Internet... Continue reading
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As we approach the end of the 113th Congress (which spans 2013-2014), HSLF is posting a preview of our 2014 Humane Scorecard. I hope you will check it out and see how your U.S. senators and U.S. representatives have performed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Way out in the central Pacific, there’s a swath of ocean twice the size of Texas where millions of marine animals now have safe haven from commercial killing, entanglement in fishing lines, and other human-caused dangers. Using special authority first... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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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
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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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