States, localities forge ahead on banning puppy mills, cage confinement, killing contests and more

Nevada became the second state in the country, after California, to pass a law banning cosmetics testing on animals. Photo by Bliznetsov/iStock.com

In May this year, Washington’s governor signed into law the strongest legislative protections for egg-laying hens anywhere in the world. Nevada became the second state in the country, after California, to pass a law banning cosmetics testing on animals. And New Mexico passed a law . . . 

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Canada bans shark finning and shark fin trade

The massive global demand for shark fins has been a primary cause of shark population declines worldwide. Fins from as many as 100 million sharks are traded throughout the world every year. Photo by Shane Gross/iStockphoto

Canada, the largest importer of shark fins outside Asia, has passed a landmark bill that includes measures to prohibit the trade in shark fins nationally as well as finning in Canadian waters. Humane Society International/Canada joined Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and the Canadian Coast Guard . . . 

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Horse deaths at Santa Anita underscore need for racing reform nationwide

We shouldn’t be waiting for crisis to strike before acting to ensure the safety of racehorses. Horseracing is in a state of crisis, and we need urgent nationwide reform. Photo by Stan Rohrer/Alamy Stock Photo

The number of horses dying at the Santa Anita racetrack in California since December 2018 has led to widespread concern in the horseracing world and beyond, and prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to call for closing the racetrack until the safety of the horses can . . . 

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EPA gives factory farms a free pass on toxic air emissions

Factory farms confine many hundreds or thousands of animals such as dairy cows or pigs, or millions of smaller animals such as chickens, on each of their properties, causing not only an incredible amount of suffering, but also a staggering amount of urine and feces. Photo by Jim West/Alamy Stock Photo

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In an unlawful move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to exempt massive factory farms from reporting their toxic air emissions — released from animal waste created by these facilities — to state and local authorities. The rule, . . . 

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10 states now encourage adoption of research dogs into loving homes

Teddy, an 18-month-old beagle who was part of our undercover investigation at a Michigan lab and who was used in an unnecessary one-year pesticide test, was recently at the Michigan statehouse, lobbying for the bill there. Teddy was released from the laboratory as a result of our investigation and was adopted out by the Michigan Humane Society. Photo by Bryan Mitchell/AP Images for the HSUS

It is a bleak life for the approximately 60,000 dogs and 20,000 cats used in testing and research in U.S. laboratories each year. In March, we revealed the sad plight of some of these animals when we did an undercover investigation at a contract laboratory . . . 

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Key House committee, federal court direct USDA to release crucial animal welfare records

It is especially important that the public have access to this information now because the administration itself has all but stopped enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, allowing facilities to neglect and mistreat their animals with little to no consequences. Photo by Michelle Riley/The HSUS

The House appropriations committee has just issued a clear directive to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reinstate full public access to animal welfare inspection reports and other records that show how businesses like roadside zoos and puppy mills, and research facilities that do invasive . . . 

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No science behind war on wolves, coyotes

Many state wildlife officials have responded to the rise in coyote populations with the same cruel and scientifically unjustified mass killing tactics used to extirpate wolves, including cash bounties, killing contests and unlimited hunting quotas. Photo by Mircea Costina/Alamy Stock Photo

Scientists have long cautioned against the indiscriminate hunting of wolves because of the harmful effects it can have on the natural balance of an ecosystem. But this has not stopped states or the federal government from conducting a war on these beautiful native carnivores. The . . . 

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China takes a step toward joining global cruelty-free cosmetics revolution

The norm in China has been a requirement that all companies supply a sample of any new product proposed for sale in the country to a government-approved laboratory, which then performs skin and eye irritation tests in rabbits, and possibly other animal tests, to assess the product’s safety. Photo by NiDerLander/iStockphoto

China has, for a long time, been on the sidelines of the global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Animal tests have, in fact, been a legal requirement for many types of cosmetics made and imported into China, and authorities have traditionally required pre-market . . . 

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In a first for the nation, New York State lawmakers vote to ban cat declawing

Several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Denver, already ban cat declawing except for therapeutic reasons, and so do a majority of Canadian provinces. The practice is also banned in dozens of countries. Photo by Sue Mack/iStockphoto

New York State lawmakers yesterday said a resounding “no” to the declawing of cats. Many well-meaning cat owners over the years have chosen to pay for this surgery, but we now know with certainty that it is the cause of tremendous suffering and behavioral problems . . . 

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Annual Horrible Hundred report identifies problem puppy mills in U.S.; Reveals USDA is failing to crack down on violators

Above, dogs at a breeding operation, Cedar Ridge Australians, that appeared in the HSUS’s 2018 and 2019 Horrible Hundred reports. State inspectors have, again and again, found underweight or injured dogs at the operation in the latter half of 2018 and in early 2019, including a dog with bite wounds. Photo by the Missouri Department of Agriculture

Our seventh annual Horrible Hundred report, which we are releasing today, reveals shocking instances of neglect and mistreatment of dogs in puppy mills, including severely underweight dogs and large numbers of puppies dying mysteriously. What it also reveals is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . 

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