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  • November 1, 2017

    Federal legislation introduced to combat animal fighting in the U.S. territories

    Today a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation to upgrade the federal law against dogfighting and cockfighting to clarify that the territories of the United States are not exempt from a series of legal prohibitions against animal fighting.

  • October 20, 2017

    Brutal step backward for wild horses and burros: Some members of Congress want to return to the era of mass killing

    All Animals magazine, November/December 2017

    More than 45 years ago, Congress outlawed the practice of rounding up equines on America’s ranges and killing them for meat. But today, some members of Congress want to return to the era of mass killing. Help us make it clear that Americans won’t tolerate a return to slaughter.

  • October 20, 2017

    Because they're worth it: Nearly 40 countries have banned cosmetics testing on animals. What are we waiting for?

    All Animals magazine, November/December 2017

    Nearly 40 countries around the world have banned cosmetics testing on animals and 195 companies want the United States to be next. Why isn’t L’Oréal one of them?

  • October 10, 2017

    Heading into the hurricanes

    All Animals magazine, November/December 2017

    When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the United States, HSUS Animal Rescue Team responders were there to help.

  • September 19, 2017

    Animal advocates call on L’Oréal to join efforts to end cosmetic animal cruelty

    The #BeCrueltyFree campaign has issued a public call urging L’Oréal to support legislative efforts to ban cosmetic animal testing and sales worldwide. Despite more than 200 companies in the cosmetics industry having already thrown their weight behind the campaign and legislation, L’Oréal — one of the industry’s largest players — has been conspicuously quiet and sidestepped weighing in on this important proposal in Congress.

  • August 22, 2017

    Proposed Westport, Connecticut ordinance would overturn longstanding trapping ban

    The Humane Society of the United States is speaking out as the town of Westport, Connecticut, is considering changes to the current town code to allow the use of trapping to control coyotes. The proposed change would allow homeowners or the town Board of Selectman to hire wildlife trappers to trap and remove coyotes from private and public property. Coyotes would likely be captured using leghold traps.

  • August 10, 2017

    Big problems under the big top: How you can help wild animals in circuses and traveling shows

    All Animals magazine, September/October 2017

    While the now-shuttered Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was the biggest name in the circus world, it was never the only player: Around the country, traveling animal acts continue to pop up at county fairs and local showgrounds, typically with little scrutiny of how they’re treating their animals.

  • August 3, 2017

    Federal legislation introduced to prohibit slaughter of American horses, end export of horses

    Federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of inhumane 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.

  • July 27, 2017

    House approves $5M for equine-assisted therapy to aid veterans

    Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2018.

  • July 26, 2017

    House votes to defund painful dog experiments at VA facilities

    This evening the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote passed a bipartisan amendment to the defense appropriations bill that will end taxpayer funding for painful experiments on dogs at Veterans Affairs hospitals for fiscal year 2018.

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