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Mar
23
2019

Trump Administration proposes new rules to stop some puppy mill abuses

USDA has been lax on enforcement, but these steps can help shield dogs from mistreatment Puppy mills have been an American curse, but this week, we are wagging our tails a bit at the thought of some...

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Mar
21
2019

Botswana would jeopardize its second largest industry by resuming trophy hunting of elephants, lions

Botswana is hurtling toward a dreadful and dangerous back-tracking on its national wildlife protection policy. The country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, is considering the idea of repealing or...

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Mar
14
2019

Horse industry allies in Congress introduce legislation to end widespread doping in horse racing

In an industry where there are still too many low-grade tracks that cause in-competition injuries or are the last stop for poor-performing horses on their way to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada,...

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Mar
06
2019

Industries don’t relent in trying to turn back the clock on cruelty

Subtle and straightforward efforts to thwart protections for wolves, Walking horses, and roostersThere has been unmistakable progress in the field of animal protection, especially in recent years....

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Mar
04
2019

Wildlife Killing Contests: 19th-Century Mindset, 21st-Century Munitions

Body-Count Killers Disgrace Animal Protectors and Hunters AlikeSome of the names of the events sound playful at first: Fur Bang!, Critter Gitter, Santa Slay, Fox Frenzy. Others are more literal and...

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Feb
25
2019

Factory farmers continue to leverage the power of government to quash dissent and innovation

Attempts to bar vegan food processors from displaying the words “milk” or “meat” on their products are just the latest examplesSir Isaac Newton’s Third Law says that “for every action, there is an...

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Feb
04
2019

In the Words of Elvis: Don’t Be Cruel

Last month, Priscilla Presley — wife of the late, great Elvis Presley, the “king of rock ‘n roll” — joined our team at Animal Wellness Action on Capitol Hill to voice her support for passage of the...

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Jan
31
2019

News outlet reports that BeastForum and other bestiality sites to go dark in February

This report comes just days after lawmakers propose an anti-cruelty bill that includes a national prohibition on bestialityMore than a few times in three decades of animal advocacy, I’ve learned about...

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Jan
24
2019

Rolling up the windows on Spaceship Earth

Burning fossil fuels and raising and feeding billions of factory farmed animals is killing wild and domesticated animalsFor years, animal protection groups have conducted life-saving campaigns to...

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Jan
14
2019

Federal Courts Deal a Series of Blows to Big Ag

U.S. District Court nullifies Iowa’s ag-gag law, while U.S. Supreme Court decides not to hear challenges to the nation’s strongest state animal protection laws Last week, a U.S. District Court...

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Jan
09
2019

Japan’s Shameful, Stubborn Commitment to Commercial Whaling

In 18th- and 19th-century America, whaling fleets launching from Nantucket and New Bedford, in search of whales in the seven seas, powered a burgeoning economy. Working on a whaling ship was equal...

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Dec
26
2018

The 115th Congress (2017-18) in Review

Key advances for animals and one major setback, while other good and bad initiatives stallLawmakers in the 115th Congress got off to an awful start for animals, with Republicans reversing a key legal...

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Dec
20
2018

The Pet and Women Safety Act (PAWS) Enacted, as Trump Signs Farm Bill Into Law

In Florida, a man repeatedly punched a helpless kitten and slammed her against a wall before burying her alive in the dirt. His intention, according to news sources, was to punish his wife for...

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Dec
13
2018

Five Notable Animal Protection Take-Aways from the 2018 Election

Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans held on to control of the U.S. Senate. Democrats also won gubernatorial races in seven states previously held by...

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Dec
03
2018

U.S. Congress Closing in on a National Policy Against Cockfighting and Dogfighting

It’s hard for any enthusiast of an immoral practice or hobby to cope with the idea that their favored activity is soon to be illegal. The enthusiast typically has a well-scripted rationale to justify...

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