Federal Courts Deal a Series of Blows to Big Ag
January 14, 2019

Federal Courts Deal a Series of Blows to Big Ag

U.S. District Court nullifies Iowa’s ag-gag law, while U.S. Supreme Court decides not to hear challenges to the nation’s strongest state animal protection laws
Last week, a U.S. District Court declared Iowa’s ag-gag law unconstitutional, making it the fourth measure of its broad type to… read more

Japan’s Shameful, Stubborn Commitment to Commercial Whaling
January 9, 2019

Japan’s Shameful, Stubborn Commitment to Commercial Whaling

In 18th- and 19th-century America, whaling fleets launching from Nantucket and New Bedford, in search of whales in the seven seas, powered a burgeoning economy. Working on a whaling ship was equal parts boring and back-breaking, tough and dangerous for the “iron men on wooden ships” plying the… read more

The 115th Congress (2017-18) in Review
December 26, 2018

The 115th Congress (2017-18) in Review

Key advances for animals and one major setback, while other good and bad initiatives stall
Lawmakers in the 115th Congress got off to an awful start for animals, with Republicans reversing a key legal protection for wildlife in Alaska. But they ended their work nearly two years later by passing… read more

The King (Amendment) is Dead.  Long Live Animal Welfare Reforms.
December 12, 2018

The King (Amendment) is Dead. Long Live Animal Welfare Reforms.

Key leaders in the House and Senate have agreed on a series of compromises to the Farm bill and released a “conference report” today. That action is an antecedent to final up-or-down votes, expected within days, on that measure in the House and Senate. If both chambers pass the Farm bill conference… read more

Five Notable Animal Protection Take-Aways from the 2018 Election
November 13, 2018

Five Notable Animal Protection Take-Aways from the 2018 Election

Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans held on to control of the U.S. Senate. Democrats also won gubernatorial races in seven states previously held by Republicans but fell short in a few key swing states where they’d believed there was a path to victory. The… read more

Major Gains for Animal Protection on Historic Election Night
November 7, 2018

Major Gains for Animal Protection on Historic Election Night

Voters approve two landmark ballot measures, oust several anti-animal lawmakers.
Animal Wellness Action celebrated the overwhelming passage of two animal protection ballot measure wins in Florida and California, and the defeat of its top two political targets in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ballot… read more