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Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

The organics rule would require animals to have year-around access to the outdoors, and would stipulate that the indoor space is sufficiently large to allow the animals to stand up and stretch their limbs.

The organics rule would require animals to have year-around access to the outdoors, and would stipulate that the indoor space is sufficiently large to allow the animals to stand up and stretch their limbs. Photo by Zach Dobson/The HSUS

First, on January 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) froze an anti-horse-soring rule, years in the works and with massive bipartisan support in Congress. Then, just days later, the agency, without warning, took down thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and Horse Protection Act violations from a searchable website. Third, the USDA placed . . . 

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Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The new federal organics rule covers a whole array of housing, husbandry, and management topics, including the prohibition of certain painful practices, like tail docking of pigs and cattle and debeaking of birds.

The new federal organics rule covers a whole array of housing, husbandry, and management topics, including the prohibition of certain painful practices, like tail docking of pigs and cattle and debeaking of birds. Photo by Mary Beth Sweetland/The HSUS

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that producers invoking the federal government’s label are honoring the standards. . . . 

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Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

Wild animals in circuses are trained with pain and the fear of punishment, caged and chained in trucks and trailers, forced to endure months of grueling travel, and bullied to perform silly tricks.

Wild animals in circuses are trained with pain and the fear of punishment, caged and chained in trucks and trailers, forced to endure months of grueling travel, and bullied to perform silly tricks. Photo by Alamy

The city council of the nation’s second largest city – and the capital of the entertainment industry – today unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks, and rentals for house parties or events. . . . 

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Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

The Mexican law will have a beneficial impact on our work to stop dogfighters in the United States, where dogfighting is a felony in every state, and a federal felony. For years, American-based dogfighters have trekked to Mexico to avoid law enforcement in the United States.

The Mexican law will have a beneficial impact on our work to stop dogfighters in the United States, where dogfighting is a felony in every state, and a federal felony. For years, American-based dogfighters have trekked to Mexico to avoid law enforcement in the United States. Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

In a groundbreaking victory for countless dogs caught up in Mexico’s animal fighting trade, the nation’s Senate has put the final stamp of approval on a comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting in the country and establishes tough penalties, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities like organizing fights, owning or trading . . . 

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Trump should leave national monuments alone

President Theodore Roosevelt invoked the Antiquities Act in 1906 to protect Devils Tower in Wyoming.  In recent years, we’ve seen other extraordinary designations by our presidents.

President Theodore Roosevelt invoked the Antiquities Act in 1906 to protect Devils Tower in Wyoming. In recent years, we’ve seen other extraordinary designations by our presidents. Photo by Avery Locklear/NPS

It is unsettling that President Trump has called for a review of protected areas established by his predecessors under the Antiquities Act. Set-asides of the last, best places in the United States, both terrestrial and marine environments, has been a legacy for both Republican and Democrat presidents, and the Antiquities Act has been a critical . . . 

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Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

An M-44 recently detonated and killed a protected gray wolf in Oregon. In response, the federal government agreed to eliminate the use of M-44s from six eastern Oregon counties. But that won’t protect wolves who roam outside of those counties. Photo by Alamy

Last month, a federal agent placed an M-44 cyanide bomb on public lands in eastern Idaho. As intended, it detonated, but the agent missed his target and claimed a couple of unintended victims: a 14-year-old boy, Canyon Mansfield, was sprayed as the poison shot out of the explosive device. He survived, but his dog Casey, . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

Clarabelle was left behind with her puppies when a family left their foreclosed property in Georgia. Suffering from severe infection, she needed a number of surgeries and was nursed back to health by Pets Plus adoption coordinator Dawn Bateman, pictured above with Clarabelle. Now, she is a happy, healthy dog living with her new family.

Clarabelle was left behind with her puppies when a family left their foreclosed property in Georgia. Suffering from severe infection, she needed a number of surgeries and was nursed back to health by Pets Plus adoption coordinator Dawn Bateman, pictured above with Clarabelle. Now, she is a happy, healthy dog living with her new family.

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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Cuomo signs budget to provide $5 million for NY shelters

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects -- something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades.

We applaud New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legistlature for including the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 state budget, which creates a $5 million funding source that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal shelters with matching grants for capital projects — something that is desperately needed by many of New York’s shelters, which are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades. Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo/AP Images for The HSUS

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a 2017-18 state budget that includes a little-noticed item—one that until this year never found its way into fine print in the state’s spending plan. It’s a $5 million funding source, designated as the Companion Animal Capital Fund, that provides independent humane societies, SPCAs, and nonprofit and municipal . . . 

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Sheriffs stand strong against animal cruelty, and so do we

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties -- like cockfighting.

Our work with law enforcement agencies across the country has allowed us to crack down on a wide array of animal cruelties — like cockfighting.
Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Yesterday, we hosted John Thompson, the deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, at our national headquarters and bestowed upon him a Humane Leadership Award for helping bring humane sensibilities into the consciousness of the nation. Thompson is straight out of central casting as a law enforcement man, yet his heart is just as . . . 

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Taiwan bans the trade in dog and cat meat

Taiwan's legislature took a huge step in ending the global dog meat trade by amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of dogs. In addition they were the first to include a ban on the cat trade.

Taiwan’s legislature took a huge step in ending the global dog meat trade by amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of dogs. In addition they were the first to include a ban on the cat trade. Photo by Jean Chung/For HSI

This week, our fight against the global dog meat trade got an enormous lift with Taiwan’s legislature amending its anti-cruelty law and banning the trade and the consumption of our best friends. Taiwan becomes the latest nation in the region to make an emphatic statement and to curb the trade and the first to include . . . 

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