Wayne Pacelle

Trump Administration Sued for Failing to Protect Whales From Deadly Fishing Gear

On January 18, the Humane Society of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife filed a legal complaint against the federal government for failing to protect North Atlantic right whales from painful and deadly entanglement in fishing gear.

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Animal Abusers Policing Themselves? That's Exactly What the USDA Wants to Do

After purging thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violation notices that used to be available to the public and were searchable online, the political operatives who took over at the U.S. Department of Agriculture a year ago say they now want to turn over federally funded inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos, and research labs to the very groups using the animals. 

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The Movement to End the Use of Wild Animals in Circuses Secures Its Biggest Win Yet

The movement to end the use of wild animals in circuses secured its biggest win yet, with New Jersey lawmakers, in the waning days of their lame-duck session, voting nearly unanimously yesterday to ban almost all wild animal acts in the Garden State. Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Senator Raymond Lesniak sponsored the bill that would make New Jersey the first state in the nation to enact such a ban. It passed the Assembly by a vote of 66-2 with two abstentions, and the Senate by a vote of 31-0.

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California Ranks Again as the Nation's Most Humane State, While the Dakotas, Mississippi at Bottom of List

According to our Humane State rankings for 2017, California remains the most humane state in the nation, comfortably ahead of number-two finisher Oregon and then Massachusetts, which has held the third position since 2016 when it approved a sweeping measure to restrict factory farming and to forbid the sale of veal, pork, and eggs if they come from extreme confinement operations. 

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5 Animal Welfare Bills That Are Ripe for Being Incorporated Into the Farm Bill

Americans shouldn’t butcher dogs or horses, or enable the activity, and then sell the meat for human consumption, and Congress can make that the law of the land as it pieces together the far-flung provisions of the Farm Bill in the coming months. Our thriving agricultural sector is successful enough that we as a nation don’t have to resort to the desperate, deplorable strategy of killing dogs and horses to put food on the table or dimes in our pockets. These animals—our companions—have never been raised for food in the United States, and it’s a betrayal of our bond with them to steal, buy, or gather up these animals for the pot or the plate.

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The Tide Is Turning: Fashion Icon Michael Kors Goes Fur-Free

In the latest seismic shift in the industry, leading luxury fashion group Michael Kors (including its Jimmy Choo brand) has joined the fur-free movement by announcing today it is going 100 percent fur-free. The company will phase out all fur products by the end of 2018.

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The Trump Administration Has Hatched a Cruel, Illogical Plan to Kill America's National Mammal

The National Park Service—which has a shameful record of allowing the killing of bison who migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park and onto adjacent federal lands—is now planning to open up a second front against these great and lumbering beasts, the biggest mammals in North America. This time, NPS is impassively pursuing plans to kill hundreds of bison within the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. If it happens, NPS will not only be targeting the very symbol of the agency itself and our national mammal (as designated by Congress in 2016), but spilling their blood in or around yet one more jewel of our nation’s most beloved network of federal lands.

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A Giant Step Backward on the Treatment of Orcas in Captivity

It was my great hope that SeaWorld’s March 2016 decision to end its orca breeding and theatrical performance shows would be a catalyst prompting all other marine theme parks to get on board and move to the next, better chapter in our relationship with cetaceans. We imagined that the company’s commitment would close the chapter on the days of capturing or breeding them for public display and behavioral stunts. Once that chapter finally closed, future generations would look back with befuddlement that for so long human beings kept some of the most intelligent and awe-inspiring creatures on the planet in small pools, never intending to let them swim free again.

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A Radical GOP Bill Seeks to Eviscerate the Endangered Species Act

There are radical maneuvers among some Republicans in the House to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to cherry-pick species from the list to enable trophy hunting or wildlife trafficking targeting the rarest of species. If any or all of these anti-wildlife provisions were to be adopted, animal species already at great risk will see the dangers to them compounded in life-threatening ways. Republicans and Democrats not aligned with these maneuverings need to stand against these efforts to enable the exploitation of rare species and defend one of the nation’s most popular and important animal protection laws.

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After Targeting Elephants, Trump Administration Puts African Lions in the Crosshairs

[Update 11/18/17: On Friday, President Trump tweeted: "Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!" Grateful to President Trump for reassessing elephant and lion trophy hunting imports. This is the kind of trade we don't need.]

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