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May
31
2019

Animal Protection Issues Stirring in Congress

Congress slow to act on free-standing bills, but rapid-fire action on animal issues tied to annual spending measuresIn recent weeks, we’ve seen some significant movement on animal protection issues in...

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May
21
2019

Botswana President Aligns Himself with Trophy Hunters, Ivory Traders

Southern African nation announces it will reverse the country’s five-year-old trophy hunting ban and also work to weaken the global ivory trade ban“All politics is local,” is a tire-worn phrase in the...

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May
20
2019

Fur Ban in New York City Requires Foresight, Fortitude from Council Members

There’s no big idea in any ascendant social movement that doesn’t cause some angst or even some disruption or dislocation. If the idea had been easy or empty of impact, somebody would have checked...

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May
17
2019

144th Preakness Overshadowed by Santa Anita Horse Deaths, Kentucky Derby Controversy

Tomorrow marks the running of the 144th Preakness Stakes at the fraying Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, with ominous clouds of controversy hanging over the race and the entire sport of horse racing....

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May
13
2019

The Latest Federal Assault on Wolves

While the dragons swooped into the plot of “Game of Thrones” and mesmerized viewers, it’s the wolves who’ve been there from the very first episode. The totem animal emblazoned on the flag of House...

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May
07
2019

Arizona Considers Ban on Wildlife Killing Contests

When the clocked turned to 2019, only two states could claim a ban on the disgraceful practice of Wildlife Killing Contests (WKCs).  California passed a Fish and Game Commission agency rule in 2014,...

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May
03
2019

Dangerous Race Day for Horses at the Opening of the 145th Kentucky Derby

Tomorrow marks the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and the weather is calling for rain and storms at the track that’s been deemed one of the deadliest for horses....

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May
01
2019

A Deeper Dive into a Flawed Plan to Run 50,000 Wild Horses and Burros Off of Our Federal Lands Over the Next Three Years

Rifts in the animal protection movement are unpleasant but inevitable, given that ours is a movement grounded on ideas and populated by millions of people and thousands of organizations. Like any...

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Apr
27
2019

Are we heading for a crash when it comes to a cage- and crate-free future in American agriculture?

At the start of the second quarter, McDonald’s gave a detailed report on its progress toward its 2015 pledge to switch its entire egg supply to cage-free by 2025.  “The result, so far,” according...

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Apr
23
2019

Plan hatched by two animal protection groups and cattlemen association is a prescription for horse slaughter

Proposal plays Russian roulette with wild horses and burros For years, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has mismanaged wild horses and burros, failing to invest in proven fertility...

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Apr
22
2019

New Anti-Doping Policies by Major Thoroughbred Tracks Just a First Step

Churchill Downs and other major horse industry operations take important step, but it’s no substitute for the comprehensive reform of the Horseracing Integrity Act. The horse racing industry is...

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Apr
11
2019

Trade in wildlife second in scale only to factory farming when it comes to animal exploitation

Co-authored by Wayne PacelleCongress takes aim at multi-billion-dollar trade in wildlife partsFrom ivory tusks to bear ball bladders to rhino horn to pangolin scales, wildlife trafficking involves the...

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Apr
09
2019

When will the horse racing industry get some horse sense?

Rash of horse deaths at Santa Anita signals fundamental problems for industryMore than a few in the horse racing world think the rules about the responsible treatment of animals don’t apply to them or...

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Apr
03
2019

A horseman’s take on the issue of horse soring

Note:  Today, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act  with five additional Republicans and five additional Democrats as original...

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Mar
27
2019

Animal Issues Starting to Move in the 116th Congress

Key committee conduct hearing on four major animal protection billsIn 2017 and 2018, House Republican committee chairmen – such as Bob Goodlatte of Judiciary and Rob Bishop of Natural Resources –...

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