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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
The Humane Society Legislative Fund today began airing a new TV ad in Louisiana, urging voters in the state to support Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the competitive gubernatorial race. You can watch the TV ad here. The primary... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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It’s hard to reconcile the overwhelming support in this country for protecting elephants from poaching and slaughter for their ivory tusks, with the idea that some politicians in Congress are working to stymie efforts to address the crisis. The Interior... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Amtrak announced today that it is expanding its Pets Aboard program and passengers will now be able to travel with small pets on select trains along the east coast and northeast corridor. The pilot program was originally launched in Illinois,... Continue reading
September is National Preparedness Month, and with Hurricane Joaquin approaching the Bahamas and possibly impacting the East Coast, it’s more important than ever to have a disaster plan ready to keep your family (including your pets) safe. My rescued kitten,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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There’s a growing public awareness about the suffering of captive whales, especially since the release of Blackfish in 2013, and latest reports indicate that Sea World’s profits have dropped 84 percent. It’s perplexing, then, that some companies would still fight... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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It’s a government program that’s more than 100 years old, uses outdated and ineffective practices, costs tens of millions of tax dollars, and kills and maims tens of millions of animals, including unintended victims such as endangered and threatened species,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Today, on The Hill’s Congress Blog, I wrote about how the pork and beef industries, funded by check-off dollars, lobbied against federal legislation that would have improved the treatment of egg-laying hens – taking a knee-jerk position despite the fact... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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Two-thirds of American households have pets. We trust that the food we buy for them is safe and nutritious, and will contribute to their long and healthy lives as beloved family members. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to address the threat of adulterated pet foods, and released a final rule to ensure protective measures are put in place for the safety of the food we give our pets. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics
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It’s not just Europe where ground beef and meatballs could be tainted with horsemeat. It could happen here in America, too, according to a recent study conducted by researchers in Chapman University’s food science program and published in the journal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Michael Markarian: Animals & Politics