The HSUS works to advance public policies—including at the state and federal levels—to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. The 113th Congress is now in session, and federal lawmakers will consider a number of important animal protection bills. Here's a look at some priority issues we are focusing on this year and how to make your voice heard. Federal Legislation
Ask your federal legislators to co-sponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to end abuse of Tennessee walking horses. Act now
Amending the Egg Products Inspection Act will provide better living conditions for 280 million egg-laying hens and phase out the use of barren battery cages. An agreement between The HSUS and the United Egg Producers has paved the way for Congress to act. take action now
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act [PDF], which had broad support last year, sought to phase out invasive testing on chimpanzees and retire government-owned chimps to sanctuary. Now, a group of 113 chimps is headed to sanctuary, with more expected soon. Learn more
April 14, 2014
Joan Jett, on the heels of her performance with Nirvana at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned a letter urging lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban inhumane elephant training devices.
April 9, 2014
The Cook County Council passed an ordinance to restrict the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits obtained from large-scale commercial breeders.
April 9, 2014
Congress moved one step closer to protecting horses from the cruel practice of “soring” when the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) today by voice vote.
April 8, 2014
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation restricting cruel fox pens – staged competitions where wild-caught foxes are trapped and stocked inside fenced enclosures to be chased down by packs of dogs.
April 3, 2014
The House of Delegates gave final approval to breed neutral dog bite liability legislation to address the consequences of the 2012 Court of Appeals ruling in Tracey v. Solesky.