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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States

In April, we celebrated the big and little victories that came our way.
Congress passed a spending bill that advances animal welfare and avoids damaging cuts. Working with our allies in the House and Senate, we staved off several anti-animal-protection riders, held the line on enforcement funding for critical animal protection programs and even won new provisions and declarations that could help tens of thousands of animals in the months ahead.
Luckily, the bill also contained no harmful language to block important reforms, including a USDA rule to strengthen organic animal welfare standards, a USDA rule to end horse soring (which is currently frozen) and a National Park Service rule barring inhumane hunting practices to kill grizzly bears and wolves on National Preserves in Alaska.
In other news, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted by a 4-3 margin not to proceed with a black bear hunt. The especially good news is that the commissioners voted to maintain the moratorium through the end of 2018 and to delay revisiting the issue until 2019.
The city council of Los Angeles, which is the nation’s second largest city and the capital of the entertainment industry, unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks and rentals for house parties or events.
And in Georgia, our Animal Rescue Team helped save animals from a property in Habersham County, pulling more than 350 dogs, cats and other animals from squalid conditions there. Donkeys, a horse, bunnies, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, sheep and an alpaca were moving around in search of clean water. Hundreds of dogs had been living in their own waste and many were suffering from a variety of skin and eye conditions.
Our team was on the ground, constructing an emergency shelter and giving the animals nourishment, water and medical attention.
We need laws and enforcement to prevent this kind of cruelty. And that’s why we work on both fronts to come to the aid of animals in crisis and also to create a legal framework to avoid this sort of scenario in the first place.
Your support helps strengthen our efforts and we could not celebrate these achievements without you.
Thank you for standing with us.
Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450   Washington, DC 20037 (blog)
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