Legislative Victories for Animals in the US

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

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

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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.

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.”

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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California Exotic Animal Laws Criticized by Some

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exotic animals ohio california legislationHere's an interesting article. Ohio's governor just signed an executive order modeled on California's exotic animal laws, actually spurring criticism of the effectiveness of those laws.

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation. They are blaming the dastardly Green Party whose leader proposed the legislation. The dog breeding legislation, intended to outlaw “puppy-farming”, was prepared by Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment John Gormley. Tags: Ireland legislation puppy mills dogs

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Obama Gets B- on Animal Protection

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Election Victories for Animals

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congressional Hearing on Sea World Incident

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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.

Utah Ends Forced Pound Seizures

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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.

UK May Require Microchipping of Dogs

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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 The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. Much like last year, it was awesome. I took notes and hope to write a few entries on what I learned there.

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

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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. In the wake of Monday’s incident, Feral is calling on the state to adopt new legislation that would make primate pet ownership illegal.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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Breed-specific legislation is stereotyping certain breeds as being vicious. I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society. I work with someone, in fact, who is so prejudiced against these beautiful dogs, that she will leave a dog park with her dogs if a pit bull arrives. While Pit bulls are incredibly strong and can therefore inflict a dangerous wound if they do attack, they are by no means the only breed that bites.

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.

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Greyhound Racing to End in Rhode Island

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As you may have heard ( here and here are two of Stephanie's posts on the matter), Rhode Island legislators were going to hold a special session to prevent Twin River from shutting down live racing. As is usually the case, the next step is legislation that actually bans dog racing in the state.

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!

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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.

House Bill to Prevent Primates as Pets

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Consideration of the needed legislation comes just one week after a woman was critically injured in a vicious chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Connecticut - leaving no doubt that the danger of nonhuman primates in homes and to communities must be addressed. The legislation is a proactive federal response that would amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit individuals from buying or transporting primates across state lines as pets. Ya think?

Ag Subsidies Cut for Scottish Landowner Using Pesticides

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It's the largest civil penalty imposed under EU legislation in which wildlife protection is a condition for receiving funds from the EU's Single Farm Payment Scheme. He owns the Glenogil estate in Angus and has suffered the largest ever financial penalty under European Union legislation that demands landowners protect wildlife to qualify for farm subsidies.

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