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Nov
06
2019

PACT Act is Latest in a Series of Measures Approved by Congress to Remake the Legal Framework Against Intentional Violence Against Animals

Animal Wellness Action is also Working to Fund and Promote EnforcementFive years after a small group of serious-minded Republican and Democrat lawmakers first introduced the Preventing Animal Cruelty...

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Nov
02
2019

Breeders’ Cup Set to Run Today Amidst Cloud of 36 Horse Deaths Over the Past Year

2019 has been a tumultuous and tragic year in American horseracing, and as today brings the season to an end, The Breeders’ Cup will crown its 36th World Champion of Thoroughbred Horseracing at Santa...

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Nov
01
2019

Senate Spending Bill Includes Major Animal Wellness Victories, But $35 Million in Funding for Mass Removals of Wild Horses and Burros Approved

This week, the U.S. Senate passed a multi-agency spending bill, including funding for the Agriculture, Interior, Justice, and Transportation Departments. At Animal Wellness Action, we had some major...

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Oct
30
2019

Federal Court Ruling in Puerto Rico Shuts the Door on Legal Cockfighting in the United States

It’s now a matter of enforcement. In issuing an order yesterday that rejected the claims of cockfighting clubs to invalidate a portion of our national anti-animal fighting law, U.S....

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Oct
23
2019

U.S. House Passes PACT Act, Bringing Nation One Step Closer to Enacting Federal Anti-Cruelty Law

Most states adopted anti-cruelty statutes in the 19th century. Now knee-deep into the 21st century, the federal government still has no anti-cruelty statute. But yesterday the U.S. House took an...

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Oct
20
2019

Greyhound racing in the final stretch as an American industry

The animal protection movement is likely to soon finish off greyhound racing. A decisive step toward that goal occurred last week when Delaware North announced that its Southland Casino Racing...

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Oct
14
2019

California skins the fur trade

Signed into law on Saturday by Governor Gavin Newsom and authored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, California’s ban on the sale of fur – taking effect in 2023 – is a first in the...

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Oct
07
2019

Governor Inslee of Washington Sides with Wolves

Even Foresighted Politicians Face Pushback from State Wildlife Agencies Rigged in Favor of Trophy Hunters and RanchersWashington Governor Jay Inslee flashed his animal-protection credentials in wading...

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Oct
02
2019

Animal Groups Team Up with Cattlemen in Plan that could Depopulate Wild Horses and Burros from the West

Wild horses and burros face unprecedented mass removal from our public lands in the West, after a key Senate committee appropriated tens of millions in new monies to the Bureau of Land Management...

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Sep
24
2019

My Visit to a Cockfight at “The Dome” in Guam

Guam and other territories must decide if they’ll abide by the rule of law, with animal fighting ban set to take effect on December 12thSpectators stirred and hollered as I walked into the...

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Sep
20
2019

Animal Wellness Releases Detailed Summaries for Democratic Candidates on Animal Issues

Humane-minded voters are urged to study this resource, as AWA steps up its "Putting Animals Into Presidential Politics" CampaignThe Democratic field for the President has winnowed a bit, but nearly 20...

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Sep
18
2019

U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Takes Action to Protect Wildlife

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi first claimed the gavel in January of 2007, she and her new Democratic majority made animal protection a priority concern. The House took up the Animal Fighting...

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Sep
11
2019

California Adopts Two Remarkable Policies to Hasten the Demise of the Fur Industry

With the state Senate last night following the Assembly and banning the sale of fur garments — full-length, trim, and most every other form — California has set the high-water mark again for...

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Sep
09
2019

Oklahoma City May Invest $38 Million in New Animal Resource Center

Animal Wellness Backing Effort for Major Step Up of Animal Welfare in OklahomaAnimal advocates are panting and wagging their tails at the prospect of a major new development for their cause in...

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Sep
05
2019

USDA Looks the Other Way As Horse Soring Runs Rampant at 2019 World Championship Event

On Saturday, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville crowned its “Big Lick” World Grand Champions — Rodney Dick and “I’m Mayhem.” Although he’s been a serial violator of the...

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