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  • April 13, 2017

    The McGrath Farm Animal Public Policy Internship—Campaigns

    Learn to better advocate for farm animals. Apply for our McGrath Farm Animal Public Policy internship.

  • January 12, 2017

    U.S. House leaders introduce legislation to prohibit slaughter of American horses


    Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, was introduced by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced their enthusiastic support for the legislation.

  • November 9, 2016

    Oklahoma Voters Crush Deceptive, Overreaching “Right to Harm” Power Grab

    Animal advocates and family farmers are celebrating the defeat of Oklahoma’s State Question 777, with more than 60 percent of voters opposing the measure.

  • November 8, 2016

    Oregon voters overwhelmingly pass anti-wildlife trafficking Measure 100

    Save Endangered Animals Oregon

    By an overwhelming majority of 70 to 30, Oregon voters issued a powerful statement for the protection of the world’s endangered animals by passing Measure 100, the ballot measure to stop endangered wildlife trafficking in Oregon.

  • October 18, 2016

    The Humane Society of the United States urges “no” vote on Colorado Amendment 71

    Colorado Amendment 71 aims to transfer power away from voters, making the state more vulnerable to powerful interests, including agribusiness, at the expense of Colorado citizens.

  • October 6, 2016

    Animal welfare on the ballot in November

    When voters go to the polls this November, they won’t only be making decisions about which elected officials will represent them.

  • September 26, 2016

    California Governor signs “Right to Rescue” bill

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 797, which will protect Good Samaritans who take necessary action to save an animal from a hot car.

  • August 29, 2016

    California bans use of bullhooks in handling captive elephants

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure into law that protects captive elephants in California.

  • August 16, 2016

    New York’s governor signs bill promoting adoption of dogs and cats used in research

    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Research Animal Retirement Act into law, requiring state-funded research facilities to offer dogs and cats to animal shelters and rescue groups, or to manage their own adoption programs when animals are no longer used for research.

  • August 11, 2016

    California legislature approves landmark elephant protection measure

    Both chambers of the California legislature have given overwhelming bipartisan approval to Senate Bill 1062, a measure to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in circuses and traveling shows.

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