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  • May 24, 2017

    Gov. Sandoval of Nevada signs bill banning sexual abuse of animals

    Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., signed a measure into law that explicitly bans human sexual activity with animals, which isn’t covered under existing law.

  • May 18, 2017

    Senate committee approves ban on shark fins

    The Humane Society Legislative Fund and The Humane Society of the United States applaud the passage of S.793, the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2017, by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. S.793 would prohibit the import, export, sale and trade of shark fins. The HSUS and HSLF urge the Majority Leader to schedule the measure for Senate floor action soon.

  • May 12, 2017

    West Virginia man faces felony charges for animal sexual abuse

    The Humane Society of the United States is congratulating the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia for filing felony animal cruelty charges against Victor Zandlo of Brenton for suspected animal sexual abuse, as well as for removing Zandlo’s remaining animals.

  • 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.

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