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text AWI Applauds Humane Cosmetics Act Introduction - by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) applauds Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) for introducing the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858). This bipartisan bill would phase out the use of animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the United States.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 5:37PM
text Hearing on Mistreated Mother Pigs at State Fair - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
Fight Continues for Illegally Confined Mother Pigs at California State Fair
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:00PM
text Mendocino County Renews Controversial Contract with Wildlife-Killing Program - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
County Will Pay Wildlife Services to Kill Millions of Wild Animals Each Year
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:57PM
text Eastern Puma Declared Extinct, Removed From Endangered Species List - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today declared the eastern puma extinct and removed it from the list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act. The eastern puma was a subspecies of the animal also known as cougar or mountain lion, which is still widely distributed across the West. It once roamed as far north as southeastern Ontario, southern Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada, south to South Carolina and west to Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.
Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:43PM
text Governor Brown says "If you ask me, I think you should be eating veggie burgers" - by Mike Sage
In the first public statement of its kind, Governor Brown reveals his awareness of the huge water-footprint of animal agriculture.
Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:59PM
text Conditions Improve for Stockton Animals After Animal Legal Defense Fund Lawsuit - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
STOCKTON — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund and Stockton resident, Emily Ballus, have settled their lawsuit against the city of Stockton, California and Stockton Animal Services for violation of local and state laws. ALDF, Ms. Ballus, and others sued the city and shelter in March, 2014 citing an ongoing pattern of abuse and neglect within the shelter, and violations of the 1998 Hayden Act––a state law that mandates that shelters provide proper veterinary care by a licens...
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:14PM
text Canadian risk assessment finds GMO salmon susceptible to disease - by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A never-before-seen draft environmental review of AquaBounty Technologies’ (ABTX) genetically engineered (GE) salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists disagree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on key questions related to the safety and performance of what may be the first GE animal approved for human consumption. In light of these findings, Food & Water Watch, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and Consumers Union today called on the ...
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:48PM
text Corporate Trade Agenda Attacks Americans’ Right to Know - by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C.—Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry that went into effect in the United States in 2013 are not compliant with global trade standards. The WTO continued to find that the goal of providing information to consumers was compliant with international trade rules, but it decided narrowly that the implementation of the rules for COOL labels negatively impacted livestock imports from Canada and Mex...
Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 5:13PM
text California Bill to Protect Elephants Passes Senate Committee - by via The Humane Society
A bill to prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants, SB 716, heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee after passing the Senate Public Safety Committee 5-2. The Humane Society of the United States, Oakland Zoo and Performing Animal Welfare Society applaud the committee and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the bill’s sponsor, for this important first step.
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:51AM
text Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Horses - by via Animal Welfare Institute
Washington, DC—Federal lawmakers today introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the US, end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-NH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of...
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:48PM
text New Study: Common Pesticides Pose Significant Risk to Wild Bees - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A study published today in the journal Nature finds that the use of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the United States, has serious consequences for wild bees. The study, conducted in Sweden, finds that in field conditions, neonicotinoid use as a seed coating reduces wild bee density, solitary bee nesting and bumblebee colony growth; it concluded that the “contribution of pesticides to the global decline of wild bees may have been underestimated.” The fin...
Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:48PM
text 250 Native Elk Die Inside Fenced-in Area at Point Reyes National Seashore - by Center for Biological Diversity
POINT REYES, Calif.— The National Park Service has acknowledged that that more than 250 tule elk died inside the fenced Pierce Point Elk Preserve at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore from 2012 to 2014, likely due to lack of access to year-round water. While nearly half the elk inside the fenced area died, free-roaming Point Reyes elk herds with access to water increased by nearly a third during the same period.
Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:04AM
text Endangered Sperm Whale Washes Ashore at Pacifica Beach - by Joanna Nasar
A sperm whale washed ashore in Pacifica, the cause of its death is still unknown. Sperm whales are endangered and off the coast of California on of the main threats to their survival is the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, which sets out huge mega nets and indiscriminately catches, harms or kills whatever happens to swim into those nets.
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:31AM
text Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
text Endangered Hammerhead Shark Fins Exported from Costa Rica, Touch Down Illegally in U.S. - by Joanna Nasar
Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network and have found evidence that hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) are being exported from Costa Rican ports and flown to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil.
Posted: Mon Apr 6, 2015 11:18AM
text Where Does California’s Foie Gras Law Stand After Faulty Federal Ruling Overturned Ban? - by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
January 9, 2015
Posted: Sat Mar 7, 2015 8:26PM
text Toward a Fuller Discussion of Grand Jury Resistance - by Ben Rosenfeld
In follow up to my post two years ago which some people misconstrued as advocating partial grand jury cooperation:
Posted: Wed Mar 4, 2015 4:00AM
text Groups Applaud U.S. Dietary Guidelines' New Sustainability Focus - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— A broad coalition of 49 health, environment and animal-welfare groups urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s sustainability recommendations that were submitted to the agency today.
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:32PM
text Video Footage from Inside Yellowstone's Bison Trap - by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign
Take a look at what Yellowstone doesn't want the public to see.
Posted: Thu Feb 5, 2015 1:27PM
text Court Upholds CA Ballot Measure Preventing Extreme Confinement of Farm Animals - by via The Humane Society
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion today, upholding the constitutionality of Proposition 2, the California ballot measure banning the inhumane confinement of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves in cages so small the animals cannot stretch their limbs, lie down or turn around. The decision reaffirms a lower court decision in 2012, which rejected a challenge to the law by disgruntled egg farmer, William Cramer.
Posted: Wed Feb 4, 2015 4:14PM

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