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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
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Think of the Humane Scorecard as a handy tool to see where your federal legislators stand on our movement’s key policy issues. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Despite two years of gridlock in the 113th Congress, as well as some major setbacks and disappointments, Congress produced a number of important results for animals. Continue reading
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The HSUS and HSLF are at the forefront of legislative reforms concerning animal welfare, but it’s not enough to just pass laws—we must work diligently to ensure they are enforced and that there are consequences for those who don’t follow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The 113th Congress, spanning January 2013 to December 2014, may be remembered for its relative lack of productivity and growing polarization. In terms of general lawmaking, it appears this Congress enacted fewer laws, by a wide margin, than any other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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2014 brought tremendous progress, closing the gaps in the legal framework for animals and ushering in new standards in society for how animals they’re treated. Here’s a recap of what I the top 14 state victories for animals in 2014. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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If the House and Senate pass an omnibus spending bill this week, there will be a number of good outcomes for horses, elephants, and other creatures, but also some harmful provisions for animal welfare. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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The European Commission has suspended the import of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union due to food safety concerns, and it’s a decision that has huge implications for the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Killer buyers export... Continue reading
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At this critical time, we must do everything in our power to curb wildlife trafficking and turn back the tide on the elephant poaching crisis. Continue reading
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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
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics