Articles About Government Affairs

Please see the below articles about Government Affairs from past editions of the AWI Quarterly magazine.

Booting Cyanide Bombs off Public Lands

On July 21, Canyon’s Law (HR 4951/S 4584), a bill to outlaw the use of M-44 devices (a.k.a. cyanide bombs) on public lands, received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans...

Horse Protection Bills Gallop Forward

On June 23, both the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act (HR 3355) and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (HR 5441) were unanimously approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection...

Bill to Bar Big Cats in Private Homes Passes House

On International Tiger Day (July 29), the House of Representatives passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act by a vote of 278–134, aiming to end several abusive practices associated with keeping big cats in captivity...

Preventing Pandemics, Protecting Wildlife

Language from the AWI-endorsed Preventing Future Pandemics Act (PFPA) was successfully adopted as an amendment to the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The PFPA recognizes the urgent need for a global approach...

House Makes Ample Room for Animals in Minibus

In July, the House of Representatives passed HR 8294, a “minibus” package of six spending bills for fiscal year 2023 that includes many wins for animals. For starters, the bill provides funds for Animal Welfare...

Hearing Held on Big Cat Public Safety Act

The Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR 263/S 1210) received a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee on May 12. This bill would prohibit private ownership of big cats and outlaw direct public contact...

Ohio: Efforts to Curtail Cruel Puppy Mill Practices

In the last eight years, the number of puppy mills in Ohio has increased fourfold—a consequence of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) relaxing its regulation of these entities. To make matters worse, a shocking...

Advocating Animal-Friendly Appropriations

During a key stage of the fiscal year 2023 appropriations cycle, members of Congress consider spending requests from individuals and groups. In the House of Representatives, where that part of the process has concluded, several...

Effort to End Killing Contests on Public Lands

In April, the Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests Act (HR 7398) was introduced in the House by Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) to bar organizing, sponsoring, conducting, or participating in most types of wildlife killing contests on...

Bill Seeks Ban on Wild Horse Helicopter Roundups

Earlier this year, footage of a Bureau of Land Management roundup in Nevada captured a horrifying and tragic incident where a young colt’s leg snapped in half as he was being relentlessly chased by a...