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Laws and public policies

One of the best ways to help animals is to be involved in local and state advocacy. Voices from the front lines are often the most influential, so it is critical for those working in animal shelters, rescue groups, TNR programs and spay/neuter programs to be heard. Making time to testify at a hearing or to lobby officials can feel overwhelming when you know animals need you, but those activities can pay dividends by creating long term change in your community. Check out our resources and sign up for action alerts in your state and community, to ensure the decision makers hear from you.

  • Animal Care Expo 2017 special session: Come on down ... the policy is right!

    Think legislation and other types of public policy aren't relevant to your lifesaving mission? Think again! When politicians take on issues like breed-specific legislation, hold times for cats, adoption regulations and access to veterinary care, your work may be directly affected, and not necessarily for the better. 

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  • Bills, laws and ordinances, oh my!

    I didn’t grow up interested in politics or the various debates over policy in the ‘90s. To the young me, that all sounded pretty boring and not all that relevant to my life. After all, there weren’t any laws or ordinances preventing school dances, science fairs or hanging out with friends, right?

    Times have changed, and I now see the benefits of being engaged with politics. But that change didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen simply because I learned the process of how policy changes happen. What changed was that I found a “why.”

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Laws and public policies

  • Magazine Article

    A word from us

    Seized in a 2009 dogfighting raid, Plum is Anne Sterling’s constant companion and a reminder of the lifesaving power of teamwork.

    In August 2009, the Humane Society of the United States and its in-state shelter partners assisted the Indiana Gaming Commission with the largest dogfighting raid in the state’s history. Law enforcement agents seized 109 dogs from three separate properties, one of which, in a remote wooded area, held over 80 dogs. Their owner had been breeding dogs for fighting since the late 1970s and lived several hours away; he apparently came to the property twice a week to give the dogs food and water.

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  • About Animal Sheltering

    SAFE Act talking points

    The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act H.R. 961

    The ending of the slaughter of America’s horses is designated as one of HSUS’s big fights. The House version of the SAFE Act was recently reintroduced in Congress and we expect a Senate version soon. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) are the lead House sponsors.

    According to a recent survey, 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses. Although they and we hold this opinion largely due to the inhumane nature of horse slaughter, SAFE also addresses the food safety aspect of consuming horse meat derived from American horses.

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  • Magazine Article

    Home stretch

    Florida dog advocates are working to end greyhound racing in the state.

    A history-making campagn could spell the end of greyhound racing in the U.S.

    Florida takes on greyhound racing in a historic ballot.

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