Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. 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 abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society us

Obama Gets B- on Animal Protection

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The Humane Society gives President Obama a B- on animal protection. Tags: Obama legislation humane society Not that great, but I no longer think of Obama as a progressive anyway. It's probably still better than w.

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Southern Senator Stops Confirmation Over Animal Protection

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has put a hold on Cass Sunstein's confirmation as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. According to Michael Markarian from the Humane Society, Sunstein's confirmation is supposedly being held due to pressure from some agribusiness groups. Sunstein is a Harvard law professor who has written about animal protection issues. Georgia readers should contact this Republican Senator and ask what's up.

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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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. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets. The Society also noted Cantwell’s work on climate change.

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v. Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. The industry sued California, arguing that Section 599f is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Did anyone know this was going on?

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Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

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From the Humane Society's press release. Further advancing its leadership in human-animal studies, Humane Society University, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, announced today that it has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. Tags: humane society animal policy animal studies Very cool!

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Organizations Putting Animals First

4 The Love Of Animals

In the fast-paced world of today, it seems people are always on the go. Between running errands, working late and worrying about the bottom-line, it’s no wonder our four-legged and winged friends so often go overlooked and neglected. Proving that society’s conscience hasn’t been completely compromised, these companies and their employees make it a point to put animals first.

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Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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While the Humane Society was pretty happy with Vilsack as Obama's pick for the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Sanctuary is wary. Bauer is the president and co-founder of the Farm Sanctuary. Barack Obama has picked Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa, to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Research Animals Rescued from North Carolina Lab

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Awful story, but this is the reason I support PETA, even when they do wacky things sometimes. From the PR Newswire. An enormous victory was achieved for animals this week when nearly 200 dogs and 54 cats were rescued from a North Carolina animal testing facility that closed its doors after an undercover investigation revealed apparent abuse of the animals by workers at the facility.

From Yesterday's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ A Disgraceful Farm Bill ” (editorial, May 16): While the farm bill recently approved by Congress deals with enormous agricultural policy issues, it also includes three important provisions to protect animal welfare. Because the Agriculture Department enforces the Animal Welfare Act, this authorizing bill deals with a broad range of subjects regarding the humane treatment of animals.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: In his past comments about protecting animals and nature, Pope Benedict XVI is building upon the Roman Catholic Church’s tradition of promoting faithful stewardship of all creatures (“ A Cat Lover in the Vatican Strikes a Chord With Cat Lovers Around the World ,” news article, April 20). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic catechism affirm that compassion for animals is a matter of human dignity.

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To the Editor: “ What’s Next in the Law? The Unalienable Rights of Chimps ,” by Adam Cohen (Editorial Observer, July 14): The Spanish Parliament’s decision to grant rights to apes is indeed groundbreaking, and will foster philosophical discussion about animal protection for some time. But Americans need not await the resolution of the academic debate, which is more about form than substance, before acting to protect animals.