Legislative Victories for Animals in the US

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legislation animal policy us politicsHere's a summary from the ASPCA.

Breed Specific Legislation

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BSL (Breed-Specific Legislation) is the canine equivalent of racial profiling, banning certain dog breeds that have been labeled “dangerous.” I’m Tired of - (ITo) is on a mission to help put an end to it. According to information gathered by Best Friends Animal Society , the charity beneficiary of funds raised by ITo, “cities around the country are passing bills to round up and kill family pets, who simply look like the kind of dog who might attack someone.”

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California Legislators Call for Wildlife Official's Resignation

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The wildlife official in question is the President of the California Fish and Game Commission. He is a proponent of trophy hunting and was photographed with a dead mountain lion in Idaho. Full story here. fish and wildlife california government mountain lions hunting idaho trophy hunting

Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen. Tyson Larson introduced LB 305 on Wednesday, which would create a state meat inspection program, which would in turn allow horse meat to be transported across state lines. He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act.

West Hollywood, CA, Approves Fur Ban

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california legislation fur fashion animal lawIt's the first fur ban in the United States. Here's hoping there are many more to come!

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New Laws to Start in California

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New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

Animal Welfare in the State of California

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california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareCalifornia really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. It also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. She sounds amazing.

Obama Gets B- on Animal Protection

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San Francisco Considers Banning Pet Sales

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I can't believe the pet industry would allow such legislation without a fight. Tags: california san francisco legislation pets Pet sales would be banned altogether, except for the sale of pet fish. All companion animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards would be considered as pets. If it passes, San Francisco residents would have to go to a shelter or rescue group to adopt an animal.

Election Victories for Animals

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Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. Tags: State of Washington legislation humane society congress us She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative.

Quebec is the Best Province to be an Animal Abuser

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montreal canada animal abuse quebec legislationThat sucks. From the Montreal Gazette. An animal rights group based in the United States has ranked Quebec “the best province to be an animal abuser” in a report on Canada’s animal welfare record. The Animal Legal Defence Fund says in its fourth annual report ranking Canada’s 13 provinces and territories on their animal protection laws that only Nunavut ranks worse than Quebec.

Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society usAccording to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!) New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way.

Lawsuit to Challenge Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

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animal enterprise terrorism act activism lawsuit legislation animal law usRead the full article in the Washington Post. A group of animal rights activists sued the U.S. government Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of a rarely used law they say treats them like terrorists if they cause a loss in profits for businesses that use or sell animal products.

Congressional Hearing on Sea World Incident

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Utah Ends Forced Pound Seizures

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Missouri Legislature Attacks Horse Activist

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An activist organized an appeal in which people from around the country and the world could contact the legislators in opposition to the bill. Some of the legislators started harassing the horse activist. Some legislators programmed their e-mail systems to forward any message containing the word "horse" to Shoss. Tags: Stupid legislation horse slaughter Missouri Now this is just juvenile. Missouri is going to vote on allowing horse slaughterhouses back into the State.

Wolfgang Puck Sends Letter Supporting End to Foie Gras Sales

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Check it: california legislation wolfgang puck restaurants foie grasFrom Sfist.com. Although his gastronomic reputation has, let's fact it, been marred due to his frozen food and canned soup lines, Spago founder and chef Wolfgang Puck still has some pull. So, he penned an open letter to California restaurants still serving foie gras.

Hope for Hen Welfare

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history, the United Egg Producers (UEP) has agreed to support national legislation that will, upon enactment, improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. Enactment of the bill will bring about the first federal law relating to the treatment of chickens used for food, the first federal law relating to the treatment of animals while on factory farms, and the first farmed animal protection legislation in more than 30 years. A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary.

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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The legislation also imposes new rules on the province's dozens of roadside zoos, giving the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the right to inspect them. Tags: ontario canada legislation animal welfare It is now law as of March 1. The provincial government says it's gone from "worst to first" and Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada with special protections for law-enforcement animals like police dogs and horses.

Horse Slaughter Could Start Up Again in One Month

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exotic meats horses legislation horse slaughter usBad news for horses in the US. Of course, right now, they're just being shipped to Canada and Mexico anyway, where health and welfare standards are much, much lower. Read the complete article at pantagraph.com. Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

Foie Gras to Be Banned in California

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california legislation restaurants foie gras foodApparently, this will happen in 8 months. I had no idea! Excerpted from The New York Times. In eight months, the sale of foie gras will be banned in California. But for seven hours on Friday night, at a restaurant appropriately known as Animal, three chefs presented an eight-course meal that was nothing short of a glorification of this soon-to-be-outlawed delicacy.

King County, WA to Consider Law Against Continuous Dog-Chaining

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UK May Require Microchipping of Dogs

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Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act Passed House Judiciary

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It amazes me that legislative business is still being conducted in DC these days, what with the US economic sky falling. Tags: horse animal cruelty legislation Slaughterhouse us Especially animal business. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) is a bill that criminalizes the sale and transportation of horses for slaughter. It was approved and recommended to the House of Representatives by the House Judiciary Committee on September 23.

Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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Georgia Dog-Fighting Law Having an Impact

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Animal Rights

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Instead of using the 13th Amendment, the original understanding of which did not include animals, proponents should work for a constitutional amendment, or simply for national legislation. I support the goal of legal rights for nonhuman animals, but this approach is wrongheaded. Take it to the people

Eating Cats and Dogs Could Become Illegal in China

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The legislation is only being drafted right now and there's a long way to go I suspect before such laws would pass. You can already read the excuses being cited in this article.

There Oughta Be A Law Contest

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund is having a contest where you can submit your idea for a new law protecting animals. The winner will get a trip to Washington DC to lobby for it with HSLF staff.

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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I am hopeful that animal advocates will rise to the call and try to make some legislative changes, as one has already begun to do: “ A chimpanzee is not a domestic pet ,&# said Pricilla Feral, president of the international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, based in Darien.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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In the United States, most believe that gaining personhood is much more probable through legislative enactment than through a constitutional change. Why the common law over legislation? Unlike legislators, judges are at least formally bound to do justice. The legal rights of nonhuman animals might first be achieved in any of three ways.

Mexican Senators Look at Banning Bullfights

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Senators from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, are working on legislation to ban bullfights and guarantee animal rights in Mexico, a lawmaker said. The legislation, which will be introduced in the next session, would impose fines and jail time on violators, Sen. The legislation provides for the punishment of those who abuse animals, including pets, and it would create incentives for people to adopt pets instead of purchasing them.

What Matters to Animals…

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Passing animal welfare legislation ( like the recent victory in CA ) is a start, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare Farmed Animals Veganism legislation make a difference slaughterhouses

Belgian Bill Calls for Pig Castration WITH Anesthesia

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But I post about so many legislative proposals, with so few actual passages. OK, I'm stupid as hell. They castrate piglets WITHOUT anesthesia. OMFG! I hope this bill passes. We'll have to wait and see.

Quash the Squash

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Right now, the UK government is considering new EU legislation that may increase the number of chickens allowed in rearing sheds. But this legislation would allow yet more birds to be squashed in, cutting that space by almost a quarter.

ALDF Calling for An Animal Abuser Registry

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to ensure convicted animal abusers are exposed and prevented from harming new victims by promoting model legislation that would establish an animal abuser registry in every community across America. ALDF's proposed abuser registry legislation would require mandatory registration and community notification for convicted animal abusers. Watch our video and demand that your legislators establish an animal abuser registry in your state!

New Podcast Uploaded for 01/30/10

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In this week's podcast ending January 30, 2010: **A Mercy for Animals video spurs calls for a ban on tail docking in the State of New York; **Animal rights activists try to stop construction of a bullfighting ring in Beijing; **A PETA protestor gets a pie in the face for protesting against the Canadian seal hunt; **And legislation is proposed in China to ban the eating of cats and dogs.

Ways to Effectively Lobby Congress

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All I can add, as a former Legislative Correspondent and Legislative Assistant is to put in a good word for Medicare and Social Security. Ask about their opinion on specific legislation. Mark Markarian has a great post on how to effectively lobby Congress on animal issues. Creakers vote more then any other demographic group. You don't have to say you're old. Just give them the impression that you are. Make them work for the response instead of spitting out one form letter.

Portugal Deals with Same Issues Around Dogfighting

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There are dog fights and dog attacks in Portugal and, per the December 5 post , the government came up with some legislation without consulting any animal rights groups. ANIMAL says that the legislation is not effective and is too loose. This link is to ANIMAL's blog , written in Portuguese. Essentially, it sounds like they are having the same issues as we have in the US regarding dog fights and dog attacks.