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
March 10, 2014
— In a move applauded by The HSUS, the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued rules that will prohibit the confinement of calves used for veal in crates so small, the animals are largely immobilized for their short lives.
March 4, 2014
An appeals court has upheld Ohio's law restricting who can own exotic animals. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling upholding the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act.
February 28, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously passed legislation that will remedy a 2012 Court of Appeals ruling that deemed “pit bulls” to be “inherently dangerous.”
February 26, 2014
State Rep. Patricia Serpa, D-27, and U.S. Rep. Raymond Gallison, D-69, are being recognized as Rhode Island’s Humane State Legislators for 2013.
February 20, 2014
A subcommittee of the Virginia House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources voted down legislation to restrict inhumane fox pens. The Humane Society of the United States Virginia State Director Laura Donahue issued a statement in response.