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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
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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
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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