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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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.

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Ted Kennedy and Animal Welfare

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

UK May Require Microchipping of Dogs

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

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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Animal Welfare at Change.org

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This isn't to say that Feldstein hasn't or won't write about topics interesting to animal rights advocates (such as Breed Specific Legislation), but the mere existence of the two should get people thinking. Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? I think this is fabulous because Stephanie Ernst (the AW blogger is Stephanie Feldstein, so be careful referring to "Stephanie," or to the blogger with the pit bull!) is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights.

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

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By pairing humane with slaughter , legislators have sanctioned horrific cruelty and mass murder. A handful Animal Person readers since May of 2006, when I started this then-daily blog, have asked me if I've read Joan Dunayer.

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On Bestiality

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An argument of such magnitude is a clear case example of whim legislation. Anti-gun/gun-grabbers use this argument to attempt to push through anti-gun legislation when a horrible shooting occurs. A reader from Alaska sent the following e-mail, with his name, a nickname and phone number, and this is indeed a serious comment. Dear Ma'am, There is nothing wrong with bestiality unless the animal is being bound or forced, in relation to bondage, where the animal can not bite or flee.

Chipping Away at Greyhound Racing

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E-mails were exchanged between yours truly and NH legislators, and though I knew the hounds would someday be free of racing, they were going to have to wait at least another year. In March of 2007 I wrote, " in a horribly-depressing vote of 198-138, New Hampshire's House voted AGAINST a bill that would shut down live racing at its three greyhound race tracks."