Breaking: New regulations could finally protect horses from ‘soring’ cruelty

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block There’s new hope for ending the painful practice of horse soring: a long-awaited new administrative rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one that’s badly needed and long overdue. Horse soring is an undeniably cruel practice in which trainers covertly and deliberately torment show horses by slathering their limbs […]

A bear who gained fame for breaking into homes has arrived at a wild animal refuge in Colorado

SPRINGFIELD, Colo. (KRDO)- Hank the Tank, the 500-pound Black Bear who gained fame for breaking into homes in South Lake Tahoe, California, has arrived at the Wild Animal Refuge in Springfield, Colorado, according to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. The Wild Animal Sanctuary said Hank was later identified as a female and will be referred to […]

Breaking: New Jersey prohibits cruel confinement of mother pigs and baby cows

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block After a hard-fought campaign lasting over a decade, New Jersey has passed a law prohibiting the cruel confinement of mother pigs in gestation crates and baby calves in veal crates. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—on Wednesday, July 26, and it’s another […]

Breaking: Major threat to animal welfare emerges in U.S. Congress

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block This year has already been historic for animals, as the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of upholding the strongest farm animal protection law in the country, California’s Proposition 12. This landmark law, approved by voters via ballot measure in 2018, prohibits the in-state production and […]

‘We’ve gotten to a breaking point’ | Williamson County animal shelter asking the community for help

GEORGETOWN, Texas — Last week, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter had more than 200 dogs in its care, and as of Sunday morning, it also had nearly 200 cats and kittens. With only eight people on staff, the shelter is calling on the community to help. “We’ve kind of gotten to a breaking point,” […]

Breaking: Supreme Court upholds strongest farm animal protection law in U.S.

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block We are thrilled that after months of tireless efforts and unwavering dedication, we have emerged victorious in our landmark Supreme Court defense of California’s Proposition 12. The decision, announced earlier today, upholds the nation’s strongest farm animal protection law and unanimously rejects the pork industry’s primary constitutional claim. The […]

Breaking: U.S. Congress has new chance to stop horse soring

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block In 1970, the U.S. Congress passed the Horse Protection Act to end the cruel practice of horse soring, which is the use of caustic chemicals, chains, weighted shoes, hard objects, cutting and other painful techniques to force horses to perform the artificial, high-stepping gait known as the “Big Lick” […]

Breaking: New threats to grizzlies, wolves and Endangered Species Act emerge in Congress

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block Today, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources voted in favor of six bills and resolutions that threaten to remove protections from grizzly bears and gray wolves and weaken the Endangered Species Act. This “grab bag” of danger includes: The Trust the Science Act, H.R. 764, would […]

Breaking: New anti-doping program is good news for racehorses

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block Today marks a critical turning point for thoroughbred racehorse safety, and it comes just in time for the upcoming Triple Crown season. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority just launched its Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program, ushering in a new era of safety and welfare for racehorses and increased […]

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